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1~ Rob Van Dam beats Cesaro cleanly with the 5 Star Frog Splash. Read that sentence again and tell me what’s wrong with it.

2~ My Xbox 360 feed was constantly buffering or entirely exiting out of the show. Couldn’t “Retry” to entire the feed as it would just exit out again. Now I’m in the office watching SummerSlam on my computer just waiting for this to crash too.

3~ And now I’ve missed two matches and two title changes. To say I’m pissed would be an understatement.

4~ Decent “big man” match between Swagger and Rusev. But where do these guys go from here…?

5~ And now the matchup is 1 to 1 and I’m even more intrigued to see the final chapter of the Jericho/Wyatt story & feel much more justified that Jericho winning their first in the feud was absolutely the best idea.

6~ Very good match between Stephanie and Brie Bella. It was as if Stephanie had been at least working a part-time schedule and not completely retired for over 10 years. They were able to get the emotional storyline across, including Nikki’s turn, and were also given a small preview of the eventual Triple H/Daniel Bryan match.

7~ A slower match than I expected but a fantastic showcase of what Randy Orton is still capable of given the right opponent and that Roman Reigns is able to be a major singles star. From the incredible superplex, that awesome powerslam off of the spear attempt, kicking out of RKO which rarely happens if your name isn’t John Cena and finally the wicked spear. I love the fact that Reigns’ spear is more about height & contact and not aiming for the abdomen. It makes the move look so much more devastating.

8~ WOW, that was a great brawl and a FANTASTIC false finish to kick off the main event. Brock Lesnar is like a real life video game troll. He’s just going to German Suplex Cena until Cena’s health is low enough to pin him. One of the greatest beatings we’ve seen in WWE this year and in the end they created an unbeatable heel WWE World Heavyweight Champion in Brock Lesnar. And now we know it takes 16 German Suplexes to beat John Cena. Remember that with WWE 2K15 is released.
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Rasslin’ Roundtable – WWE SummerSlam 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/17/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-summerslam-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/17/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-summerslam-2014/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:51:01 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169135 Welcome to the Rasslin’ Roundtable!

Rasslin’ Roundtable

WWE SummerSlam 2014

 

WWE SummerSlam Pre-Show Match

Intercontinental Championship

The Miz (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

 

David Spain: I want Ziggler to have the belt. Fool that I am, I refuse to believe that it is too late for Dolph to rise, and damn it: this is a great chance. But I think we’re going to see a bit longer of a chase before he does it, and that spells a Miz win for now.

Winner: Miz

Justin C: I hate that Miz is doing Tyler Breeze’s gimmick. I would like to see Breeze up on the main roster some time soon, but it is unlikely with them having similar gimmicks. As for the match, the only way you could get people to care about Miz is in a match with Dolph Ziggler. The shine on Miz has been gone for three years. There’s really no reason for Ziggler to win the IC Title again. Miz retains.

Winner: Miz

Chris Sanders: Call it grasping at straws but I’ve got my fingers crossed for a Ziggler resurgence. Sure it’s just a mid-card belt but considering where he was at a few months ago, it’s progress. Punk is gone, Bryan left, toss the internet a bone.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Rhett Davis: The Miz has a new gimmick that’s not too much different from the old gimmick. He’s an arrogant jerk that has a lot of connections and money. Oh and Dolph meanwhile drowns in the midcard. Miz wins in Los Angeles.

Winner: The Miz

 

The Buzzards Swarm Jericho

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

 

David Spain: Jericho’s win last month was a surprise, which I think made this storyline stand out. With the absence of Harper and Rowan from ringside, this is set up to be a far better win for Bray than last month’s would have been. Looking forward to this one.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Justin C: I’ve been really disappointed in the build to this match. Part of it is because the build seems like the same thing we saw in John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Bray Wyatt’s character has lost some steam in the past few weeks. I still like it and have hope for him in the future, but Bray seems to be stuck in a rut. As for Chris Jericho, it seems like just another one of his usual returns. I like both guys more than this preview would sound like, but something just isn’t clicking with this program for me. But I think Bray gets his win back here and we get the rubber match at Night of Champions.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Chris Sanders: It’s Bray’s 1 year anniversary since his first match on the main roster, he lost last month. I think we all know how this will turn out. The Wyatt boys are banned from ringside which is causing a lot of people to assume we will see the debut of a new member of the family interrupt the match. A lot of names are being thrown around, most of them saying Bull Dempsey from NXT. That’s a pretty fitting choice but I will say this: Braddox is a southern gent that is looking quite scruffy these days.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Rhett Davis: Yawn. I thought the build for this match would be awesome, but it hasn’t. It’s been extremely boring. Bray wins to set up rubber match record.

Winner: Bray Wyatt

 

Flag Match

Rusev vs Jack Swagger

David Spain: I think this is the best example of an idea that makes sense of paper but is going to look oddly similar to the dumbest thing you can imagine in practice. I feel like the sensible thing is for Rusev to have his dominance stopped in a real match, by a real opponent, rather than get injured by some grinning xenophobe in this turnbuckle-climbing contest.

Winner: Rusev

Justin C: This one is interesting. Technically, if Rusev loses here, they could still talk about how Rusev has never been pinned or made to submit. I mean if we are getting into technicalities, Rusev already has a loss on his record when he didn’t win the Battle Royal on RAW last month. It’s nice to see Jack Swagger get a face run. I thought he could have had a nice one if they turned him face by going after Michael Cole after Wrestelmania 27. Swagger could very much turn into a Kurt Angle-lite type of face. Part of me thinks the Patriot Vince McMahon wants to see the American Flag waving proud at the end. Now of course that could happen post-match, but I’m going with a minor upset and picking Swagger to win here.

Winner: Jack Swagger

Chris Sanders: Let’s all say hello to the one way Swagger could actually beat Rusev without actually pinning him. If that isn’t a metaphor about Iraq, I don’t know what is. Swagger might as well show up on Raw the next night with a Mission Accomplished banner. That’s still a topical reference, right?

Winner: Jack Swagger

Rhett Davis: They are obviously building Rusev to be the next foe for John Cena to squash so why would Swagger win here?

Winner: Rusev

 

Divas Championship

AJ Lee (c) vs Paige

 

David Spain: This is an odd one for me, but in a pleasant way: I think they can go either with this, give either woman the belt, and it’s a good way to go. I personally can’t predict so much as guess, but considering Paige is doing the old mindgames, let’s give her the win.

Winner: Paige

Justin C: These two have had a better month of feuding compared to Battleground. And it helps that we now have Paige firmly established in the heel role. It was tough for the crowd to decide who the face was the first time around. I feel like these two know they put on a stinker at Battleground and will look to make up for it here. The result really all depends on A. How long AJ is sticking around, and B. Who would be next up in the Divas Division? I’m sticking with AJ to win here and we end up getting one final match at Night of Champions.

Winner: AJ

Chris Sanders: Still not sure where they’re going with the frenemy thing but I’m alright with it continuing because who else is in the title hunt right now? Exactly.

Winner: AJ

Rhett Davis: I like AJ and Paige, but they need to work better than they did last month. That match just didn’t work. I think AJ wins this one though.

Winner: AJ Lee

 

Lumberjack Match

Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose

David Spain: I think that the chase for this has been going on for some time now, but this is the first real clash we’re getting. A Lumberjack match does not seem to imply feud completion, and offers a good deal of opportunities for the Authority to get their hands mixed up in things. These factors, for me, indicate a tainted win for Rollins.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Chris Sanders: Announcing this as a Lumberjack match was a bit of a “wamp wamp” moment for me because if they were worried about Seth running away, at least make it a cage match or something. I would say make it a hell in a cell but we’re only a few months away from that PPV. I’m gonna say that Seth will have shenanigans go down in his favor and it’ll lead to extending this feud even longer. As long as we get more Dean popping out of giant boxes, I’m game.

Winner: Seth Rollins

Rhett Davis: Dean Ambrose wanted to ensure no that there was no outside interference and he asks for a lumberjack? What the what? Why not take a steel cage match? Anyways, Ambrose wins this one with Seth being thrown off by Lumberjacks.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

 

The Roman Empire: Fall or Rise of?

Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns

 

David Spain: Well, it was nice to see Reigns take a beating earlier this month, and I like the build if not exactly the match itself. Orton does not tend to make for an amazing one-on-one contest, and whilst I enjoy Roman, I don’t see him making it a contest to be remembered. Still, this is about the Rise of Reigns, and so I think Roman is going to be spearing the Viper in two this Sunday.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Justin C: This is my lock of the night. Roman Reigns is going to go over Randy Orton here. Reings is being built up as the next top guy in the WWE. He’s not all there yet. And he still needs to work on his promo delivery. But he has time. What happens with Randy Orton after this will be interesting. Does he get kicked out of The Authority? Does Batista come back to feud with him? Orton is a good hand to have around. But as I said in the beginning, Reigns wins with the Spear and continues to dominate on his way to Wrestlemania 31.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Chris Sanders: Unless shenanigans, this will be another stepping stone for Reigns. The guy will have a significant WWEWHC reign within the next year.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Rhett Davis: Uhh, I don’t like Roman and Orton is stale with a boring opponent so meh. Roman wins to become the next big boring thing.

Winner: Roman Reigns

The Boss Gets Her Way

Stephanie McMahon vs Brie Bella

 

David Spain: I don’t see why I’m expected to care about this. I’ll admit that the build has been quite diverting, but we are all aware that we’re tuning in to watch a mother of three who can’t wrestle wrestle the wife of a man we’d far sooner see wrestle than her, right? I say Steph will probably take the win, because God forbid WWE has to end one of its two ‘women are irrational’ storylines.

Winner: Stephanie McMahon

Justin C: This program was going  relatively well, and then they completely screwed it up on RAW. Daniel Bryan cheating? Really? We didn’t need that to become a part of the story. I’m sure the WWE expected us to just not believe Steph, but it was just so unnecessary. But Stephanie McMahon just plays her heel character so well that people want to see her get her ass kicked. Some people think that Nikki will turn on Brie, but I don’t see it happening. I actually think we will end up seeing Daniel Bryan accompany Brie to the ring. And Brie wins with the Yes Lock.

Winner: Brie Bella

Chris Sanders: Things have very much shifted in Stephanie’s favor on Raw this past Monday. I really do hate the new cheating angle that’s been added but I guess it’ll give reason for Daniel Bryan to at least be on camera in the near future so there’s your silver lining. The only thing I wish they would’ve clarified on Monday was if Brie was defended that Bryan didn’t schtoop the personal trainer. I feel like that detail was lost in the shuffle here but it’s kind of an important one. Either way, everything is in Stephanie’s favor right now which usually means things will shift the other way for the ppv match itself.

Winner: Brie

Rhett Davis: This has been the most captivating Women’s storyline possibly ever. I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen thus far and look forward to this thing extending.

Winner: Brie Bella

 

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

John Cena (c) vs Brock Lesnar

David Spain: Are any of us so foolish as to doubt Lesnar now? Honestly, I wish he’d come back to fight Punk, then Taker and now this: erase the Cena and Triple H shenanigans from history and just have this build. Even with Lesnar being a part-timer, I think he’ll do it. They can’t not have him do it: not now. I believe in that screaming psychopath: God help me, I do.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Justin C: These two put on a good brawl last time. And while the ending may have taken away from the match for a lot of people, it was still fun to watch. Paul Heyman speaking for Brock has made the build very good. And Cena has been good as well. I’m of the opinion that Brock Lesnar is winning here. And I’m perfectly okay with him taking the Title and not being around all the time. To me, the Title has been over exposed in the last few years. If Brock isn’t around all the time it will make seeing the Champ fight or on TV seem like a special occasion, If Brock doesn’t win here it will take away any meaning that his win over Undertaker at Wrestlemania had. The Streak ending will turn out to be worthless. Brock gets the win, and we get a dominant heel champ that we have been dying to see for a long time.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Chris Sanders: It was a mistake to have Brock lose to Cena back in 2012 but it wasn’t a massive one because it’s Brock and he’s done pretty well for himself since then. All that being said, if Brock loses in his first match since breaking the streak, wrestling fans should be offended. For real, we’ve invested 2 decades in Undertaker’s streak and they finally pulled the trigger this year and I would hope WWE didn’t do that just to build towards a match at Summerslam. I’m not saying that’s what they did but it had to have been in the back of their minds, right? If you really wanted to shock the world here, have Brock convincingly beat Cena clean in 5 minutes and end the show at 10:40pm. The only people you’d piss off were those that had to spend $40 on the PPV and, let’s be honest, Vince doesn’t exactly care about the people that haven’t subscribed to the Network. And if network users get mad at that, calm down, it’s ten bucks a month, stop complaining and go watch NXT.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

Rhett Davis: Uh, Brock wins. Or they may as well cut him.

Winner: Brock Lesnar

 

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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 8/11/14: Hulk Hogan Birthday Bash http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-81114-hulk-hogan-birthday-bash/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-81114-hulk-hogan-birthday-bash/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:32:58 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=169027 It’s the final RAW before SummerSlam. Both Brock Lesnar and John Cena are in the building. Expect a confrontation there, along with a final sell for every other match on the card. There’s also a birthday celebration planned for Hulk Hogan. There will probably be a nWo reunion. But the real question is this: Will we get a Damien Hogan appearance? Follow along to find out.

Hip Hop Advocating Jew. T-Shirt That

Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came out to start the show. He said in six days he will be the advocate for the new WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. Heyman said his client has asked him to come out tonight and sell SummerSlam to the Cenation. Heyman said bad things happen to good people when you step into the ring with Brock Lesnar. Heyman said those who don’t learn from history live to repeat it. Heyman then showed pics of Lesnar ending The Streak at Wrestlemania. He said that he told everyone it would happen and they shouldn’t have been surprised. He then brought up Lesnar destroying Rock and Hogan back in the day. Heyman told the Cenation to watch SummerSlam, because after it they won’t be able to see John Cena around here anymore. Heyman said even though Cena won their previous match, Cena lost the fight. Heyman said Brock was still battling diverticulitis at the time of that loss, but this Sunday Brock is 100%. Heyman said this Sunday will be a Shakespearean Tragedy. Heyman said they aren’t from West Newbury, and they can’t hip hop like you. Heyman said he is just Brock’s advocating Jew. Heyman said Cena says his time is now, but Brock said his calendar is out of date. Heyman went on to rhyme and rap. It was great. I couldn’t keep up writing it. Heyman said this is Brock’s house now. He said we are now all his servants. Heyman said they are leaving the house to go get dinner, but after they are coming back home.

Super Roman

Roman Reigns came to the ring. Kane came out and said he is back as The Authority’s Director of Operations. He said last week beating Kane was like beating two men. So The Authority wanted to see if he could actually do that. Reigns opponents were Rybaxel. Reigns took down Axel with a shoulder tackle. Axel yelled at Reigns and called him a coward. Reigns shoved him down. Ryabck wanted in. He landed some quick blows but Reigns came back with a clothesline out of the corner. Axel distracted Reigns, but he blocked an attempted suplex and landed one of his own on Ryback. Reigns landed some corner punches but Ryback picked Reigns up and hit a powerbomb into commercial.

Back from break Reigns caught Ryback with an elbow and sent him out of the ring. Curtis Axel tried to get after Reigns but he was thwarted. Ryback took him out from behind and shoved him into the post. Both men continued to do it, which caused the referee to ring the bell. They continued their attack in the ring before Reigns started a comeback. Reigns hit a Superman Punch on both men, and followed it up with two spears.

WINNER via DQ: Roman Reigns

Reigns was interviewed about his match with Orton. He said when you knock the teeth out of a viper, it becomes nothing more than a worthless worm. He said he never stole anything from Randy Orton, but at SummerSlam he is taking everything.

Backstage, Kane told Orton that he has a match with Sheamus tonight.

Best Present Ever

Seth Rollins vs Rob Van Dam. RVD hit a spinning heel kick in the corner followed by a standing moonsault for two. RVD went for some punches in the corner but Rollins escaped and hit some kicks. Rollins went to a headlock. RVD escaped and went for a roll up but got two. RVD caught Rollins with an elbow followed by a thrust kick off the second rope. RVD knocked Rollins into the barricade on the outside. He put Rollins on the barricade and went for a spinning leg drop off the apron but Rollins moved and RVD’s leg hit the barricade.

Back from break RVD caught Rollins with a kick to the head and a splash. RVD hit a crescent kick followed by a split leg moonsault for two. RVD went to catapult Rollins in the corner but Rollins held on to the ropes. He then hit the curb stomp for the win.

WINNER: Seth Rollins

After the match Rollins walked up the ramp. There were a bunch of present boxes set up on the stage for Hulk Hogan’s birthday. Rollins looked at one of the life sized ones then laughed it off and said it was ridiculous that he was in there. Rollins went to leave but Ambrose popped out of the box and attacked Rollins. Rollins ended up running off. Ambrose said this Sunday he’s going to get his money’s worth when he beats Rollins ass this Sunday.

It’s Officially A Soap Opera

Stephanie McMahon came out. She said as principal owner of the WWE, it is in her best business to provide the best product for everyone. And sometimes, they have to protect everyone and do things that are best for business. She brought up Daniel Bryan and said his physical therapist is here tonight. Steph invited her to the ring and said that she has something to confess. Megan talked about growing to like Daniel and Brie and how he has such an appreciation for the WWE. Megan said she can’t be Bryan’s physical therapist anymore. She said it all happened so innocently, at least at first. Steph asked what happened and she said she had an affair with Daniel Bryan. Steph hugged Megan. Brie came out and confronted Megan. Steph said the wife is always the last to know and that Megan ended every session with “Yes!” Brie slapped Megan then went after Steph. Brie applied the Yes Lock on Steph before agents broke it up. Steph said they aren’t waiting until SummerSlam, they are finishing things tonight.

The Real Americans Explode! Again!

Jack Swagger vs Cesaro. Cesaro connected on a shoulder tackle but missed a stomp. Swagger came back and caught Cesaro and slammed him to the mat. Cesaro moved out of the way of a charge and hit a gut wrench suplex. Cesaro took control and went to an abdominal stretch. Cesaro then went to an armbrar but Swagger backed Cesaro into the corner. Cesaro caught Swagger with a boot. He went to the second rope but Swagger caught Cesaro and hit a belly-to-belly. Cesaro recovered and dropped Swagger on the ropes, then kicked Swagger into the barricade.

Back from break Swagger escaped an abdominal stretch and started a comeback. He hit a Swagger Bomb. Cesaro then caught Swagger with a shot to the throat followed by a boot to the face for two. Cesaro went to the top and hit a back splash for two. Swagger blocked the apron suplex and pulled Cesaaro to the outside and clotheslined him back into the ring. Cesaro countered and tossed Swagger into the air and hit a knee to the gut, followed by an upper cut. Cesaro hit a body stomp but Swagger grabbed the ankle for the Patriot Lock but Cesaro got to the ropes. Cesaro hit an upper cut and went to the top, but Swagger pulled him down and went right into the Patriot Lock. Cesaro tapped.

WINNER: Jack Swagger

After the match, Zeb said that after SummerSlam everyone will remember the sight of the American Flag waving in the air and standing tall. Before Zeb could say We the People, Rusev and Lana appeared on stage and the Russian Flag came down in the ring.

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho had a sit down interview earlier. Bray told Michael Cole to leave. Bray told Jericho that he knows about his dreams and wanting to be like his dad and end up a hero. Bray said he never dreamed of being a savior. He said you can only help someone by hurting them in a way, and he’s hurt a lot of people. He said there are no consequences to his actions and he hates everything this world created. He said he’s a monster and he’s coming for Jericho at SummerSlam.

Jericho said he isn’t a savior. He’s a survivor. He said he never knows what Chris Jericho you will get. He said he is going to follow the buzzards and shove them down Bray’s throat. And he is going to be the first person to shut him up, for good.

AJ vs Eva Marie. Paige came out and skipped around the ring, distracting AJ. Eva Marie rolled up AJ to pick up the win. Paige then apologized via a poem. She ended it by saying that she would be skipping out of SummerSlam with the Divas Title. AJ then flipped out and attacked Eva Marie.

I Wonder What The Taxes Are On Brock’s House?

John Cena came out. He said in six days he is apparently going to be conquered by Brock Lesnar if you are to believe Paul Heyman. Cena said this Sunday he is going to get the beating of a lifetime, but he won’t win. Cena said he isn’t laying down for Brock Lesnar. Cena said Lesnar doesn’t deserve the Title. Cena said Lesnar is arrogant, a bully and doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself. He said everyone backstage knows that. Cena said that he’s heard the cheers and heard the boos. Cena went through all the chants he’s heard. He then said there are a bunch of people who ask when he is going to turn, stop being about the t-shirts and start raising hell. Cena said that happens this Sunday, when he turns into a monster that does everything to keep the Title away from Brock Lesnar. Cena said this isn’t Brock Lesnar’s house, it is the WWE Universe’s house. He said if this is Brock Lesnar’s house, there is a stranger standing in his living room. And he should try to come down there and kick him out. No Lesnar. Cena said Lesnar must have come down with Punk Bitch-itis. Cena said this Sunday, he beats the conqueror and the one.

Brie came out for her match with Steph. But Steph came out and said Megan was pressing charges since Brie slapped her earlier. Brie was arrested.

The Slater Era Continues

Heath Slater vs Dolph Ziggler. Slater landed some early blows. Ziggler escaped a headlock and hit a dropkick. Ziggler missed an elbow and hit a knee drop for two. Slater hit a high kick to the face for two. Slater went to a headlock. Ziggler escaped and started a comeback. He hit the ZigZag on Slater. Miz came on the apron and Ziggler went after him. He beat him up on the outside, but Ziggler was counted out, giving Slater the win.

WINNER via Countout: Heath Slater

After the match Ziggler offered a handshake. Slater went for a kick instead, so Ziggler turned him around and hit a ZigZag.

Well The Crowd Didn’t Turn On This Like Last Time

Sheamus vs Randy Orton. Both men exchanged early blows. Sheamus hit a clothesline. Orton tossed Sheamus into the corner and hit a clothesline. Sheamus caught a charging Orton with a boot and followed it up with a powerslam and knee drop off the top. Sheamus connected on a short clothesline. Sheamus went for his rope punches but Orton bailed with an elbow.

Sheamus fought out of a headlock back from break and clotheslined Orton to the outside. On the outside, Orton caught Sheamus with a boot and backdropped him on the announce table. Back in the ring Sheamus got out of another Orton headlock with a backdrop of his own. Sheamus started a comeback with his normal set of moves. Orton bailed again to the outside. Orton caught Sheamus and went for the middle rope DDT, but Sheamus countered with his rope punches. He hit a rolling senton and got two. Sheamus telegraphed a backdrop so Orton hit a kick followed by the middle rope DDT. Sheamus rolled to the apron and caught Orton with a battering ram and another powerslam. Orton ducked a Brogue Kick and Sheamus countered the RKO. Sheamus caught Orton with a boot and went to the top, but Orton caught him on the way down with the RKO to pick up the win.

WINNER: Randy Orton

Isn’t It Past These Guys Bed Time?

Hulk Hogan Birthday with Mene Gene and Jimmy Hart hosting, and all the current stars on stage. A video package aired. Hulk said Vince gave him a card with $9.99 in it so he could subscribe to the WWE Network. Hogan talked about what a great birthday he has had. Various legends started to come out: Ric Flair, Paul Orndorff, Rowdy Piper and the nWo. Scott Hall took the mic and said it’s time to take a survey. He asked who wants to see Hulk in the red and yellow, or in the black and white of the nWo. Hall said one more for the good guys. Nash started singing Happy Birthday but Brock Lesnar came out. Lesnar told Hogan that the party was over grandpa. Cena came out and challenged Lesnar to fight, but Lesnar left the ring.

WHAT I LIKED

Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar Opening: Heyman was once again great on the mic. His rap was priceless. Whatever you don’t buy, I’m pretty sure Heyman could convince you to buy it. Great job selling SummerSlam to the audience.

Jack Swagger vs Cesaro: If you would have told someone after Wrestlemania that Swagger would be getting the better push of these two after SummerSlam, they would have laughed at you. But that’s where we are now. A good match between these two. It is still kind of weird to see Swagger making a babyface comeback. It was an interesting test to see him matched against someone other than Rusev and see the reaction. It was okay, but not great. Will be interested to see if Swagger keeps the support going forward. But a good match between the two and a creative finish.

Dean Ambrose: If you don’t like Dean Ambrose then you have no soul. Every week he does something new that tops what he did the previous week. I just wish the stipulation for the match on Sunday was better than what it is.

John Cena Promo: This one just makes the cut list. I like serious Cena. He’s taken the build to this match seriously and hasn’t made any of the stupid jokes he is used to making. I’d much rather have the Cena we’ve had in this build than anything we’ve seen this year. The anti-Cena crowd was in full force on social media. You are just going to never win with them. But I liked Cena’s rebuttal to Heyman from earlier.

SummerSlam Build: Outside of a couple problems I had (see below), I thought in general the WWE did a good job with SummerSlam’s build. Roman Reigns and Randy Orton didn’t interact, but they both looked strong heading into their match Sunday. AJ and Paige had a good build, as has Swagger/Rusev. Even Miz/Ziggler had a good interaction this week. I’m looking forward to SummerSlam.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Chris Jericho/Bray Wyatt Interview: Sorry, but I’m still not buying into this program. And it actually seems like it isn’t that high on the WWE’s radar either. The interview was just a rehash of everything that we have heard already. And I like both guys, but I just can’t find myself getting into this program. Hopefully the match at SummerSlam makes up for the mediocre build this program has had.

Stephanie McMahon/Brie Bella: Talk about taking something good and ruining it. I liked the program when it started. I was hoping last week would just be a minor hiccup. But man did this week jump the shark. The whole affair thing, and then Brie getting arrested again was just bad. At least Steph still plays a heel well. But this program lost a lot of the heat it once had. There was no need to introduce this whole “Daniel Bryan cheating” thing into the storyline.

I thought the overall show was okay. The WWE was in a hard SummerSlam sell mode and I think, for the most part, they did a good job of it tonight. The Hogan Birthday thing seemed like a waste for the most part. There were a handful of okay matches but nothing that really stood out as must see. I’m going to give RAW a 6. Hopefully SummerSlam delivers on Sunday.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka

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Trashy Ring Attire #11: With Condolences To Shaemus’ Dead Friend http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/trashy-ring-attire-11-with-condolences-to-shaemus-dead-friend/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/11/trashy-ring-attire-11-with-condolences-to-shaemus-dead-friend/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:00:54 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168999 Welcome to Episode 11 of Trashy Ring Attire! This month’s guest is Ryan, host of the Yappa podcast! A link to listen to is posted below, AND WE ARE NOW ON ITUNES! THE OCCUPATION IS OVER! LONG LIVE THE RESISTANCE! Thanks to the Classy Ring Attire boys for setting us up, head over to iTunes and search “Trashy Ring Attire” and subscribe – new episodes will download automatically to your iTunes when available!

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This month we discuss:

  • Our fragile emotional state after Shaemus misses an episode of RAW.
  • How BD accidentally invited a random dude onto the podcast in a drunken stupor.
  • Our special guest Ryan talks about his Yappa podcast! Which we are totally going on at some point.
  • Battleground thoughts
  • Following RAW thoughts
  • Rollins / Ambrose
  • Reigns / HHH / Orton
  • AJ / Paige (obvs)
  • Brock / Cena
  • New Kofi / Big E / Xavier Woods stable
  • And much, much more!

And lots more! As always, we hope you enjoy.

Next month… our favourite site recapper at the moment, the awesome SmackDown recapper Mr. David Spain!

Thanks for listening and keep it trashy!

BD & Kue
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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for August 8th 2014: The Seth Rollins Edition http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/08/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-august-8th-2014-the-seth-rollins-edition/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/08/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-august-8th-2014-the-seth-rollins-edition/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 02:18:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168986 Whoa!  Who the heck is this Rhett guy?  Didn’t he use to work here as a columnist?  Doesn’t he do the Roundtables and PPV Live Coverage (most of the time)?  What is he doing on a report called ‘Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report?’  Well, this week I will be filling in for the exquisite writer David Spain.  Now let’s see… Rey Mysterio and The Undertaker are the top dogs on this show right?

We open the show with the basic although-not-sure-if-I-like-it theme song of Dean Ambrose.  He comes out to the ring and JBL complains about Dean filling his hat with popcorn and soda while we get a Raw recap of it.  How about Heath Slater winning on Raw?! That’s more of a surprise than Ryder winning a few weeks ago.

Dean Ambrose says that the Authority thought they held all the cards on Monday, but they can’t plan for Dean Ambrose.  Dean says since he beat Seth Rollins on Raw in the Beat The Clock challenge so he gets to pick the stipulation.  Ambrose lists off some of the matches they could have including a ‘JBL Hat on the Pole Match’ and have alligators around the ring.  He also says they could have a ‘Loser Washes Triple H’s Car’ match, but Seth probably already does that.  Seth Rollins interrupts him and stands on the stage.  Seth calls Dean the unstable one of The Shield and himself the brains.  Seth gives Dean some credit for Monday’s events.  Seth tells him to name the stipulation.  Dean introduces Mr. Money in the Bank and says the briefcase looks rough.  Seth says that Dean isn’t going to beat him at SummerSlam.  Seth says the stipulation doesn’t matter and it will be the end of Dean Ambrose.  Seth says the people can get to see that at SummerSlam for the low price of $9.99.  Dean says the people aren’t going to pay to see Seth run.  Dean says if Seth tries to run, he’ll run into a wall of bodies.  Dean Ambrose says their match will be a Lumberjack Match.  Dean Ambrose says that SummerSlam is the day Mr. Money in the Bank goes broke.  Seth says he’s not going anywhere.  Seth says no matter what happens at SummerSlam he will still be Mr. Money in the Bank.  Seth says The Authority has given him the right to pick Dean’s opponent for tonight.  He picks Randy Orton.  Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose.  Could be a fun main event.

Commercials.

Monday is Hulk Hogan’s birthday bash.  That’ll be fun.

Mark Henry & Big Show vs. Rybaxel

First time we’ve seen Big Show in awhile and I’ve actually missed the big lug a little bit.  Maybe he’ll do a Hulk Hogan imitation on Monday.  Henry and Axel start this off.  Axel moves around Henry and mocks Axel by moving slowly then rolls out of the ring when Henry charges.  Axel rolls back in and Henry catches him with some clubbing blows.  Axel looks stunned and tags in Ryback.  Ryback tells Henry to hit him.  They lock up and Henry flings him back.  Ryback is smirking and pushes Henry.  Henry pushes him back.  Henry rams Ryback in the corner.  Henry whips Ryback across the ring.  He flings him off the rope.  Henry picks him up for the World’s Strongest Slam, but Axel chop blocks Henry.  They double team for a minute before Ryback hits some knees to Henry.  Ryback teases a powerbomb, but Henry flings him over.  Show tags in, hits some clotheslines and a big boot.  He flings Ryback to Henry for the WSM and hits a big Chokeslam on Curtis Axel for the pin.

Winners:  The Big Show & Mark Henry

Dolph Ziggler is in the back with Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie, and Adam Rose.  Seth comes up and calls Dolph’s career a joke.  Seth says he’s going to pick his own opponent for tonight as well.  Dolph says that sounds like a challenge.  Seth says you bet your ass it’s a challenge.

Commercials.

JBL and Michael Cole hype the WWE Network.

Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow (as a Border Patrol Officer)

They lock up and Sandow hits some big blows to Sin Cara’s face.  Sandow goes for the Elbow of Disdain.  He locks in the side headlock.  Cara fights out and hits a springboard body splash times three.  He hits a tiltawhirl armdrag.  Sandow hits a backdrop for two.  Sandow goes for the full nelson, but it’s reversed into an Angle Slam.  Sin Cara hits a Senton Bomb for the three count.

Winner:  Sin Cara

Commercials.

JBL and Cole hype Occulus and discuss Brock vs. Cena.  Video package of Brock vs. Cena.  I know Mr. Spain loves those.

Commercials

Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins

Dolph Ziggler is fighting The Miz at SummerSlam.  They lock up with vigor.  Seth hits some elbows on Dolph in the corner.  He flings Dolph across the ring by his hair.  Seth throws Dolph on his neck on the top rope.  Seth locks in a camel clutch.  Dolph fights back but Seth stops him with the Triple Vertical.  Seth chokes Dolph on the second rope.  Seth locks in a side headlock.  Dolph fights up and hits a big jawbreaker.  Dolph ducks a clothesline and hits some big drop kicks.  He goes for the Fameasser, but Seth throws him over the top rope onto the floor.

Commercials.

Dolph is pounding on Seth as we come back, but Seth hits a kick to Dolph’s jaw.  Seth rubs Dolph’s face on the mat.  Seth goes outside and hits blows to Dolph’s body laid over the edge.  He kicks Dolph to knock him back in the ring.  Seth gets back in and toys with Dolph.  Seth stomps on Dolph’s head on the bottom rope.  He continues to taunt Ziggler.  Ziggler goes off the ropes, but eats a big elbow for two.  Side headlock and Dolph pushes Seth into the corner to break it up.  Dolph hits some drop kicks and a big Splash in the corner.  Dolph goes for the 10 count in the corner.  Dolph hits a neckbreaker for two.  Dolph hits a belly to back suplex for two.  They exchange blows and Dolph splashes down on Seth for two.  Dolph goes for a corner splash and misses.  Seth goes for a suplex, but Dolph rolls him up for two.  They trade blows, Seth goes off the ropes, but eats a big high-impact DDT from Dolph for two.  Dolph goes for the ZigZag, but Seth rolls him up for two.  Seth pulls Dolph’s head down on the top rope.  Seth is on the apron and goes for the springboard knee, but Dolph dodges and hits the Fameasser.  Dolph pounds away on Seth, but Seth kicks Dolph’s knee and throws him between the top and second rope into the ringpost.  Dolph falls to the floor.  Seth goes outside and picks him up and throws him into the barricade.  Seth asks what’s funny now?  Seth throws Dolph into the steel steps.  The referee continues to count.  Seth picks up Dolph and rolls him in.  Seth is getting cocky now.  Seth taunts Dolph and screams at him.  Seth Rollins hits the Curb Stomp and gets the three count.

Winner:  Seth Rollins

Randy Orton is in the back with Renee Young.  She asks him about his match tonight.  Orton says Ambrose is unstable, but he is uncontrollable.  Orton says he doesn’t even know what he’ll do when he gets his hand on Ambrose.  Orton says that he is the most unstable.

Commercials.

Natalya vs. Paige

Paige skips to the ring.  They recap last week where AJ is pushed off the stage by Paige.  Paige pushes Natalya.  Nattie slaps her.  Nattie hits a double arm suplex.  Natalya locks in the sharpshooter.  Paige crawls to the ropes and pulls the ring skirt when Nattie pulls her back.  Paige hits the Paige Turner on the outside and screams at Natalya.  Paige skips around the ring.  Nattie barely makes it back in.  Nattie tries to roll up Paige, but it’s only two.  Paige slaps Nattie hard and locks in the Paige Tap Out.  Nattie obliges and taps.

Winner:  Paige

Rusev is on his way to the ring when he’s interrupted by an All American…

Commercial.

Big E is in the ring when we return.

Big E vs. Rusev

Rusev pounds away at Big E and Big E responds back with some.  Rusev throws him in the corner and hits some big kicks.  Rusev strikes Big E in the face taking him to the mat.  Rusev is yelling at Big E.  Big E stops Rusev’s charge with an elbow.  Big E hits a belly-to-belly suplex.  Big E goes for the running splash and misses.  Rusev locks in The Accolade and Big E taps.

Winner:  Rusev

Chris Jericho is backstage and says that Bray Wyatt is a virus in the WWE.  He says he has the antidote to the poison and it’s spelled Y2J.  Jericho says he’s going to grab the buzzards and stuff them down Bray’s throat.

Commercials.

JBL and Cole discuss the WWE Network going global for… $9.99.

They show a Raw Rebound for the Brie Bella vs. Stephanie feud.

Commercials

Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton

They circle around.  Orton kicks Dean, but Dean throws him in the corner and hits some strikes.  Orton goes outside to collect himself before coming back in to be put in a headlock.  They do some reversals and Dean ties up Orton’s legs and claws Orton’s traps.  Ambrose hits a running elbow on to Orton for three.  Dean wraps Orton’s arms around him, but Orton reverses out and boot him to the chest.  Orton stomps on Ambrose’s leg in the corner.  Dean pulls himself up and unloads on Randy’s face.  (Heh)  Ambrose launches himself over the top rope on to Orton.

Commercials.

Ambrose is hitting headbutts, but Orton whips him hard into the corner hard.  Orton begins dissecting Dean.  Orton headbutts and strikes Ambrose in the corner.  Dean comes back, but Orton targets the injured arm of Dean.  Orton has an armlock on Dean.  Dean says why don’t you put some pressure on it.  Orton obliges.  Dean fights up and headbutts Orton.  Orton kicks him, whips him into the rope, but Dean hits a DDT.  The ref begins counting, but they get up and Dean punches Orton’s face.  Dean is a house of fire and hits some big punches to Orton’s face.  Dean rams Orton in the corner, rakes his eyes, and hits a big swinging DDT from the top rope for a two count.  Dean goes for Dirty Deeds, but Orton reverses.  Orton gets flung outside.  Dean runs toward the ropes and Orton punches him!  Orton pulls him outside and starts flinging him into the steel steps.  Orton pulls Dean to the apron and goes for the drapped DDT, but Dean flings Orton over the top rope.  Dean hits a suicide dive.  They come back in, Orton punches Dean, Dean bounces back from the ropes for a big clothesline.  Seth distracts Dean for Orton to set up the RKO.  He reverses and hits Dirty Deeds.  He goes for the cover, but Seth pulls him out.  Seth beats up on Dean until they roll back in.  Orton hits an RKO on Dean and Seth pounds away on Dean.  Seth steals a lady’s drink and climbs back into the ring.  Seth pours it on Dean’s face.  Seth says at SummerSlam it’s the end for Dean.  Seth hits a nasty Curb Stomp.  Seth rips off Dean’s shirt and stands tall as SmackDown comes to a close.

Winner:  (by DQ)  Dean Ambrose

 

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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 8.4.14 (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Kane) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/05/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-8-4-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-brock-lesnar-kane/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/05/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-8-4-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-brock-lesnar-kane/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 04:03:33 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168865 WWE Raw Header - 2014

{1} WOAH! I just realized how little we posted last week besides for the Hulk Hogan & Paul Heyman interviews. I sincerely apologize for that & promise more content this week, including an exclusive interview with former WWE/TNA/ECW star, Justin Credible on Thursday at 8 PM est. You’ll be able to hear it live on our Blog Talk Radio station right here.

{2} As much as I love Roman Reigns’s push and the way it has played out, get Kane off of the active roster. Reigns in a Last Standing Match against almost ANYONE else on the roster and you could have had a main event match but not Kane. And he was so close to reinventing himself as the maskless “Corporate Kane” just a few months ago before they shoved the mask back on him & now his time in the ring is done.

{3} I know I might be in the minority here but I hate the idea of doing a UFC-style video package for John Cena & Brock Lesnar and their match at SummerSlam. Why not show some of their matches BEFORE Lesnar left the WWE for years. Show Lesnar at the top of SmackDown when Cena was doing his best to get noticed. Hell, Cena’s first WWE Championship opportunity was against Lesnar! Show THEIR past together. Everyone knows that Brock Lesnar was a UFC Heavyweight Champion and absolutely everyone knows that John Cena has been the World Champion 15 times. Talk about their parallel OVW & WWE careers instead of focusing on events that DIDN’T EVEN HAPPEN IN YOUR COMPANY!

{4} Did they really just announce that next week will be Hulk Hogan’s “birthday celebration”? On the go-home show of Monday Night RAW before the second biggest PPV of the year, SummerSlam. It happens a lot in the WWE but that really showcased where the company’s priorities lie.

{5} I’m still pretty shocked that Alberto Del Rio has a job & it just bugs me when they put him in the ring with Dean Ambrose. Del Rio never turned out to be the “huge” star many wanted him to be & now is a serviceable heel for matches like this one but Ambrose isn’t going to get over more by beating Del Rio. Even though he is a former WWE and World Champion, I just don’t see Del Rio being a name you remember 5 or 10 years from now.

{6} It’s great that Dolph Ziggler is getting some time on RAW but neither him nor Cesaro get television entrances?! They didn’t even get WWE App entrances! And then the matches lasts all of 4 minutes with Cesaro losing cleanly and quickly. Why does one of these two have to suffer & not both skyrocket to the top?

{7} DID KANE JUST RETIRE FROM IN-RING COMPETITION?! DID MY DREAM FINALLY COME TRUE?! Don’t get me wrong, I loved Kane in his prime, he has had a Hall Of Fame career with some fantastic moments but those moments peaked with Team Hell No. That should have been Kane’s “swan song”. Not after hitting his 20 year mark & having the world have to witness his decline.

{8} Another good match featuring Luke Harper & this time it was against the always great Chris Jericho. I’m beginning to get anxious for Harper’s singles run in the future because his ring style of Bruiser Brody/super agile big man is going to be over huge when he gets a chance to shine.

{9} I thought we might see Seth Rollins lose his Beat The Clock match since Ambrose’s match lasted so very long. Once Heath Slater was introduced (to the “We’re A 3 Man Bannnnnd!” entrance theme, by the way) it became blatantly obvious. Ambrose’s antics outside of the ring were excellent. It was nice to see Dean portray his “unstable” character in a more subtle, rebellious way than the out-of-control man we’ve seen since his debut. This was definitely Ambrose in babyface mode and strangely enough, it reminded me of the antics the late Eddie Guerrero would get up to.

{10} I know I’m not the only one thinking that someone was supposed to come out to help the Bellas but in actuality, who would? Daniel Bryan is home recovering. John Cena isn’t supposed to be in the building and they’ve yet to really show his & Nikki’s relationship on RAW or SmackDown yet. Roman Reigns has to zero in on Randy Orton & Dean Ambrose is probably out buying JBL a new hat. There was no logical Superstar to “make the save” and it was somewhat interesting. Like I said before, I thought someone was supposed to come out but they broke traditional and let the two heels stand over the two fallen women, victorious. Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon’s match at SummerSlam may not be the best but emotions are going to be running extremely high & hopefully the LA crowd is into this feud as much or more than the past few arenas (and those reactions were already extremely hot. If it wasn’t for the 15 or so video packages, this might have been more than a middle-of-the-road show.
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 8/4/14: The Road To SummerSlam Continues http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/04/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-8414-the-road-to-summerslam-continues/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/04/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-8414-the-road-to-summerslam-continues/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 23:31:26 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168846 We are less than two weeks away from SummerSlam, or SummerFest as Jeremy Piven might call it. All three of the key players in the WWE Title Match won’t be there. But Paul Heyman did promise a candid, unscripted interview from Brock Lesnar. And to the surprise of no one, The Authority will start the show.

Triple H: The Ultimate Troll

All of The Authority came out to start the show. HHH said he isn’t the guy to pat himself on the back, but he is going to now. He said he thinks this could be the biggest SummerSlam ever. HHH listed a couple matches, then plugged the WWE Network in between. It seemed like a pretty good troll job. HHH said Dean Ambrose will take on Alberto del Rio later tonight, and Seth Rollins will take on Rob Van Dam. And whoever wins their match the quickest in the Beat the Clock Challenge will get to pick the stipulation for their match. Steph then talked about her contract signing later and said if Brie gets out of line she will put her in a hospital bed right next to her husband. HHH said that you can catch it on the WWE Network again for $9.99 a month. Randy Orton then took the mic and said that he looks forward to beating down Roman Reigns and you can still see the marks on the table from his beatdown last week.

Roman Reigns then came through the crowd. Reigns said that he took a beatdown from Orton last week but he is still standing there. Reigns then said that he was going to come down there and kick Randy Orton’s ass for free. HHH said Orton gets Reigns at SummerSlam, but Reigns gets to fight Kane tonight in a Last Man Standing Match.

Kane’s Wig Has Seen Better Days

The match started back from break. Kane hit a DDT. Kane hit a couple of uppercuts in the corner then a clothesline, but Reigns caught Kane with a boot then came back with a clothesline of his own. They went to the outside where Reigns slammed Kane’s head into the announce table then threw Kane into the steps. Reigns then jumped off the steps and hit a clothesline. Reigns slammed Kane into the barricade, but Kane reversed Reigns and tossed him into the steps. Kane placed the steps upright in front of the ramp but Reigns blocked an attempt to get thrown into the steps and Reigns tossed Kane into the barricade again. Kane got up at 6 then tossed Reigns into the barricade. Kane got a kendo stick and nailed Reigns multiple times with it. Reigns recovered and tossed Kane over the barricade into commercial.

Back from break Reigns reversed Kane and tossed him into a chair set up in the corner. Reigns hit a couple clotheslines then his apron dropkick. Kane rolled to the outside where Reigns tossed Kane into the steps. Reigns grabbed a table and tossed it into the ring. Kane came from behind and took out Reigns, then set up a table in the ring. Reigns caught a charging Kane and hit a Samoan Drop. Reigns went for a Superman Punch but Kane caught him and chokeslammed Reigns through the table. Reigns got up at 9. Kane went for a Tombstone on the chair but Reigns escaped and hit a DDT on the chair. Reigns connected on the Superman Punch. Kane blocked a Spear attempt and went for a chokeslam, but Reigns escaped and hit a Spear. Kane didn’t get up before ten and Reigns picked up the win.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

Brock Lesnar/John Cena video promo. He said he didn’t care who the f*** was in his way, he came back to be WWE Champion. He doesn’t respect anyone and he doesn’t care who he pisses off. He said he didn’t get why people were surprised that he beat The Undertaker. Cena came on and said he didn’t like talking about his accomplishments, and he likes to look forward and not back. Lesnar said he’s going to tear Cena apart limb from limb and it is going to be ugly. He said if he hadn’t left there would be no John Cena and Cena would be buying Fruity Pebbles instead of being on the box. Cena said Lesnar is a hired mercenary who only cares about himself. Lesnar said he is going to leave Cena in a pile of blood, urine and vomit.

Damien Sandow came out in an Oklahoma shirt (the show is in Texas). He ripped on the Longhorns before Mark Henry came out and made quick work of him.

Dean Ambrose’s Taped Shoulder Is This Generation’s DDP’s Taped Ribs

Dean Ambrose vs Alberto del Rio. Del Rio landed a dropkick. Ambrose backed Del Rio into the corner and landed some punches. Del Rio then tossed Ambrose into the corner and hit an enziguri kick. Del Rio landed some more kicks but Ambrose came right back with some more punches. Del Rio rolled to the outside and tossed Ambrose into the barricade. Del Rio hit a clothesline off the top. Del Rio landed another kick to the head and tossed Ambrose into the ringpost. Del Rio started to work over the injured arm of Ambrose. Ambrose reversed Del Rio on the outside and tossed him into the barricade. He followed it up with a suplex on the floor. Back in the ring Ambrose landed some punches and a couple clotheslines. Ambrose went for a tilt-a-whirl DDT off the second rope but Del Rio tossed him away then hit a kick to the head into commercial.

Del Rio worked over Ambrose’s injured arm back from break and then hit a DDT. Del Rio went to kick Ambrose’s head into the post but Ambrose moved, then hit a dive to the outside. Ambrose hit a missile dropkick in the ring. He connected on a tornado DDT for two. Del Rio tossed Ambrose into the corner then hit a reverse DDT/suplex off the second rope for two. Ambrose recovered and went for Dirty Deeds but Del Rio countered and hit an armdrop then an armbreaker in the ropes. Del Rio went for the cross armbreaker but Ambrose countered and hit Dirty Deeds for the win.

WINNER: Dean Ambrose

This Is Leading To President Obama vs Rusev At Wrestlemania Isn’t It?

Rusev defeated Sin Cara during the break on the WWE App. Lana then sang Happy Birthday to President Obama in Russian. Jack Swagger and Zeb came out. He said he now gets why Russian men drink so much. Zeb said he is sick of hearing about Vladimir Putin, Mother Russia and Rusev Crush. He said at SummerSlam they will be fighting every Real American in the world. After the “We the People” Lana got in Zeb’s face, so Rusev attacked Swagger with the flag. Rusev eyed down Zeb but Lana stopped him and did a mocking “We the People.”

How The Once Promising Have Fallen

It’s Cesaro vs Dolph Ziggler. Cesaro caught Ziggler with a quick boot to the face. Dolph recovered and went for a splash in the corner but Cesaro caught him and hit a backbreaker for two. Dolph went for a small package but Cesaro stopped it and went for a suplex. Cesaro showed off his strength but Ziggler escaped and hit the ZigZag for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

After the match Miz posed in the ring with the IC Title belt. Ziggler went for a superkick but Miz quickly moved away.

Paige was interviewed. She wished AJ well and said she can’t wait to face her idol and best friend at SummerSlam.

Goldust and Stardust made quick work of Rybaxel.

Kane walked into The Authority’s office, took off the mask and handed it to Stephanie McMahon.

Have To Save Time For That Contract Signing

It’s Chris Jericho vs Luke Harper. Harper went to work early on Jericho with some blows. Jericho fought back with some Flair chops but Harper came right back with a clothesline. He followed up with some elbows. Jericho escaped a press slam and connected on an enziguri kick. Jericho hit some kicks to the chest but Harper came back with a Michinoku Driver for two. Harper placed Jericho on the top but Jericho pushed him away. He missed an axe handle off the top and Harper connected on a boot for two. Harper connected on a powerbomb but only got two again. Harper tossed Jericho into the corner but Jericho hit him with an elbow then a running bulldog. Jericho dropkicked Rowan off the apron then applied the Walls of Jericho to Harper. The lights went out and Bray Wyatt then appeared at the ramp. Jericho caught Rowan with a Codebreaker. Harper hit Jericho from behind but Jericho came back with another Codebreaker. Bray Wyatt then came in the ring and took out Jericho, and finished it off with Sister Abigail. Luke Harper is now banned from ringside for Bray and Jericho’s SummerSlam match.

WINNER via DQ: Chris Jericho

Diego beat Fandango. Hornswoggle was Fandango’s new dance partner but after the match he joined up with Diego, El Torito, Layla and Summer Rae.

Randy Orton was interviewed. He said Roman Reigns better keep his head on a swivel because he is going to kick it off.

Bo Dallas beat R-Truth in a quick match with a roll-up while holding the tights. R-Truth went after him after the match but Bo Dallas got the upper hand and hit the  Bo-Dog on the floor.

Bray Wyatt promo. He said he is the Nightmare at the end of Chris Jericho’s dream.

THIS ONE WAS FOR JINDER AND DREW!

Before RVD vs Seth Rollins started, Justin Roberts announced that per The Authority, RVD would not be Rollins opponent. Instead, it was Heath Slater. Rollins offered Slater the opportunity to just walk out and leave but instead Slater went after Rollins. Rollins quickly recovered and went to work on Slater with some kicks. Dean Ambrose came down to ringside to distract Rollins. Slater hit a neckbreaker and got two. Ambrose took the MITB briefcase then ripped the contract up. Slater then hit a spinning heel kick but only got two. Ambrose the took a drink and poured it in the briefcase. He put some popcorn in there as well along with JBL’s hat. Ambrose stood on the announce table with the briefcase. Slater rolled up Rollins to pick up the win.

WINNER: Heath Slater

ACTING TALENT

Brie and Stephanie McMahon contract signing. Triple H said normally when an icon steps out of retirement for a contract signing he presides over it, but since that icon is his wife and mother of his children he had to step aside. He said he’s there tonight as a loving and proud husband. Brie asked for them to hurry up before they all puked. Steph said Brie should know about supportive spouses and asked where her hippy dippy husband was. Brie asked if Steph was recovered from her arrest. Brie said she was going to embarrass Steph in front of the entire WWE Universe and show that Steph is a fraud, failure and embarrassment to the McMahon Family. Brie listed a bunch of people Steph has wronged and the crowd broke out into a CM Punk chant. Brie said karma always comes back to haunt people.

Steph said that she’s sure all those people she named would be thrilled to know that she is representing them. Steph said that Brie is nothing more than a wannabe reality star. Steph said she is embarrassed to be in the same ring as Brie and is going to put an end to her attempt to make history. Steph said she is going to tear Brie’s heart out at SummerSlam. Steph then slapped Nikki as HHH blocked Brie from helping by pushing her into the corner behind the table. Steph hit a Pedigree on Nikki. Brie slapped HHH then went for Steph but Steph slammed Brie’s head on the table and then hit a Pedigree on her. Steph then made out with HHH to close the show.

WHAT I LIKED

Brock Lesnar/John Cena Video Package: Once again, another great job by the WWE Production Team. With both guys not on RAW, they still did a good job of building up the match and making it feel like a big fight. I like how Lesnar just came off so nonchalant about kicking Cena’s ass, as if it was just another day for him. If they make video packages like that for all of Lesnar’s Title reign, it’ll be fun to watch.

Kane vs Roman Reigns: Perfectly acceptable TV match between these two. A one-on-one singles match probably wouldn’t have been as good. The Last Man Standing gimmick made it better to watch. Neither guy is a technical wrestler so adding weapons helped. I’m assuming Kane took off his mask to begin the promotion of his new movie.

Dean Ambrose vs Alberto del Rio: Another good TV match here. This is what I wanted from RAW when it went to three hours: 3 or 4 10-15 minute TV matches every week that make the show watchable. Ambrose and Del Rio are both good wrestlers. It’s just a shame that Del Rio has fallen so far down the totem pole.

Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins vs Heath Slater: That was a fun segment. Ambrose was great as usual. And it doesn’t matter about it taking away from the match. The point was Ambrose getting back at The Authority for trying to make things easy for Rollins and being the pain in the ass thorn in The Authority’s side.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Cesaro vs Dolph Ziggler: So in one week’s time, Cesaro goes from losing to John Cena in a competitive match where it took an AA off the second rope to win, to losing to Dolph Ziggler in less than two minutes. Here’s where they could have had another 10-15 minute match and maybe have Cesaro lose via botched Miz interference. It’s a damn shame the WWE has no idea what to do with Cesaro. I would have never thought I would complain after a Dolph Ziggler win but it didn’t really do anything for Cesaro, or even Ziggler really here.

Steph/Brie Bella Contract Signing: I didn’t like this closing the show two weeks in a row. They could have put Roman Reigns/Kane here. The acting was bad this week from both of them. Everything about it just felt weird. It still has some heat behind it but it might have lost a little this week.

$9.99: If you did a shot every time during the show they mentioned the price of the WWE Network, your Blood Alcohol Level would be 9.99. It was funny at first when HHH was doing it as an obvious troll job, but the troll job reached annoying as hell levels by the end of the show. I bet they might have even lost some subscribers because of it. The problem with the WWE is that they don’t know when to stop.

Chris Jericho/Bray Wyatt: Surprisingly, this is the match I might be least excited for on the SummerSlam card. The build just doesn’t seem like anything different. I think they will have a good match but the build up to it is just off. People are talking about Cesaro losing a lot of steam, but I think Bray has lost some too.

No Usos or Sheamus: For the second week in a row we do not see Sheamus and this week no Usos. That is almost unacceptable on a three hour show. Especially with an act as over as The Usos.

This RAW seemed very much like a place holder show before one final big push for SummerSlam next week. There was some good wrestling on the show but nothing outstanding. I’m going to give the show a 4.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for August 1st 2014: We’re Not Even Good Enough To Provide Title Match Build http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/03/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-august-1st-2014-were-not-even-good-enough-to-provide-title-match-build/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/03/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-august-1st-2014-were-not-even-good-enough-to-provide-title-match-build/#comments Sun, 03 Aug 2014 13:11:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168824 Hey there, ladies and gentlemen. I apologise for this thing going up so late; I’ve been wined and dined kind of consecutively, and my moral character is not strong enough to break away from free alcohol and say ‘well, I guess it’s time to write my review’. But I’m here now, with a nice Kenyan coffee (a very decent region, if you haven’t tried it), and am ready to write this son of a bitch.

Can You Guys Just Pick Your Fucking Jannetty?

We start this thing off with the Real American, who’s still dragging around that flag. Seriously, I’m just reminded of these words from author Terry Pratchett: ‘I’d be very worried if I saw a man singing the national anthem and waving the flag, sir. It’s really a thing foreigners do. We don’t need to show we’re patriotic, sir…we don’t have to make a fuss about being the best. We just know.’ We see RAW, where we got Zeb Coulter’s take on the song America: Fuck Yeah and Jack claiming the ring for America. He’s facing Cesaro, and his siren has been changed from air raid siren to European police siren: if that’s to imply he’s no longer as much as a threat, that’s actually pretty funny.

Both former Real Americans tie up, with Jack getting a waistlock only for Cesaro to outwrestle him. Waistlock takeovers from Swagger, and he goes for the Patriot Lock, only for Cesaro to scramble out of the ring. Back in the ring, the men exchange blows, with Swagger clotheslining Cesaro in the corner. Thumb to the eye by Cesaro, and then a big boot right to the face. Gutwrench suplex to Swagger, and then a sleeper attempt; Swagger forces his way clear, but then runs right into a powerslam off the ropes. Cesaro straddles Jack (ew) and punches him in the face. Swagger ends up holding himself up on the ropes, and Cesaro slaps him. I don’t get why a slap is supposed to annoy someone more than kicking them in the face or gutwrenching them, but apparently Swagger prescribes to that psychology, and strikes Cesaro with an elbow, then a clothesline. Cesaro’s whipped into a corner, then runs into a boot. Cesaro’s in position for a Swagger Bomb, but he pops up, catches Jack’s legs and throws him out of the ring!

Back from a commercial break, Cesaro and Swagger are on the top rope. Cesaro wants a superplex; Jack punches his way clear and jumps…right into an uppercut. Near-fall, and Swagger’s trying to get back into it, but Cesaro’s always one strike ahead…until Swagger catches him and drives him down into the mat. This time the Swagger Bomb hits, but for a two-count only. Cesaro hangs Swagger up on the ropes, and hits a tiger bomb. Cesaro gets distracted by Coulter, and Swagger gets the Patriot Lock…and Cesaro taps out instantly.

So…okay? I mean, yeah, I know Swagger’s getting ready to face Rusev at the big show, but Cesaro tapped to him? And that fast? After a great match with Cena just on Monday? Silly David, expecting logical decisions. Still, can’t really complain about the rest of the match. 2.5 Stars.

After the match, Swagger raises the flag, staring at it with naked lust in his eyes. This preternatural courtship is interrupted by Rusev, who has his own flag with him. I’m waiting for this to go all Michaels/Hart and have Swagger humping the Russian flag, because that is literally how WWE responds to political and global turmoil. She challenges them for a Flag Match at SummerSlam, which fuels my certainty we’ll be seeing some Swag-on-Flag action. Coulter says that Real Americans don’t run from a call to action to defend the country. Unless they’re Orton, who apparently went AWOL that one time. He says that all Real Americans accept this match; as a Real Italian/British/Spanish/possibly Norwegian, I really don’t.

Speak of the dishonourably-discharged devil: it’s Randy Orton. God, could that t-shirt be any more aimed at ten year olds? Orton immediately says he has no issue with Lesnar, and this is what is fucking wrong with Orton right now. What happened to the guy who would RKO people because they happened to be the closest person to him? Why does he not have an issue with every single person ever anymore? Why hasn’t he shivved Heyman yet? But he is going after Roman Reigns, so at least some of that nihilistic desire to injure someone is in still there. We replay his beating of Reigns, and I still think they missed a trick by not having Orton RKO Kane after that chokeslam before turning to Roman. Then have Orton destroy Kane in a match this Monday: ramp up the danger factor. Challenge is made for SummerSlam, which does make sense, really.

The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing The World He Didn’t Exist

R-Truth is in the ring, and here’s Bo Dallas. Okay, I don’t as a rule love undefeated streaks. If you want to make a storyline out of them and make them a challenge for other people: well and good. But just having them there is a bit of an irritation, and we had Bo, technically Rusev and, if you can believe it, Adam Rose. Bo, I think, is going to be more interesting now we have to move out of the ‘x and Bo’ part of his character, so I’m glad the streak ended. I would, however, say that whoever went to a Creative meeting and said: ‘why not R-Truth?’ should be beaten by a big sack full of doorknobs.

Bo offers a hand, like the stand-up guy he is, and R-Truth attacks him, like the ex-convict he is. Dallas rolls out of the ring and Truth follows him, throwing him back in. Truth misses a splash to the corner, and Bo hits some elbows, but misses a clothesline and nearly gets rolled up. Crossbody from R-Truth, and then Bo manages to drive him into the corner, hitting strikes. The ref tries to make the count in that shrill voice of his, and Bo gets disqualified.

See, more interesting a character now. Match was kind of not really a thing, but all in the service of character development. 1.5 Stars.

After attacking Truth for a good while, Bo gets on the mic and says that Truth got what was coming to him. He says the crowd has not lost faith, because they Bo-lieve in him.

Hence The Saying ‘On A Scale Of “Rosa Mendes” to “AJ Lee”…’

Rosa Mendes is in the ring, and she’ll be facing Divas Champion, AJ Lee. We repeat AJ and Paige’s fight from RAW, and holy shit, I’ve just realised that they look exactly like Elia Martell and Lyanna Stark respectively (I’ve been reading the books again, so be thankful this is the first A Song of Ice and Fire reference I’ve made). Why would Paige pick a fight with the girl who put Punk and Bryan through a table?

AJ applies the Black Widow; Rosa Mendes taps.

Considering we almost saw a Rosa Mendes match, I have no complaints. 1.5 Stars.

AJ skips up the ramp, but then gets girly-pushed off it by Paige. Paige keeps saying ‘she’s fine! She’s fine! She’s overreacting!’, and that actually hauntingly familiar of my time served in clubs. Wow, I’d read the preview of this online and had thought it was some kind of massive assault; apparently not.

Ambrose is backstage, still with his magical healing bandages, and says that he’s sure that Hunter thinks that this handicap match is funny, and that all they want to do is protect Seth Rollins. Dean says that Kane being there doesn’t matter; he’s getting to Rollins tonight.

We get an update that AJ got carried out on a stretcher with a neckbrace. See, Brie Bella would have sued for that.

Does Michael Cole Not Understand Tag Team Wrestling?

Here’s Kane, making his way to the ring. He’s followed by Seth Rollins, and finally Dean Ambrose. We repeat Rollins’ assault on Dean from this past Friday, and Michael calls Seth out on jumping Ambrose when that’s pretty much Dean’s deal as well. I love how Michael will occasionally make such a skewed moral statement that he doesn’t even try to defend it when JBL argues with him.

Ambrose and Kane to start off, but Dean tries to jump Seth and Kane immediately goes after Ambrose. Dean dodges a charge, raining punches down on Kane until he runs into an uppercut. Seth calls for the tag, but Ambrose fights for a moment and runs into a big boot. Seth comes in, stomping Dean and wrenching his shoulder, then working him in the corner. Ambrose comes off the ropes and wrenches back Seth’s head to the mat. Rollins tags out, which is tantamount to setting fire to a baby penguin in Michael Cole’s ethical system. Kane quickly regains control, working on the shoulder and tossing Dean shoulder-first into the turnbuckle. Seth taunts Dean on the outside as Kane wraps the shoulder around the post.

Back in the ring, Rollins gets the tag, and would you just look at this depraved motherfucker? Ambrose tries to mount offence, but Rollins is too fresh, working on Ambrose before tagging in Kane. JBL manages to back Michael into having to admit he was either wrong before or wrong now, and can we appreciate this Texan millionaire’s noble crusade for a moment? Big sidewalk slam to Ambrose, and Rollins tags in again. Christ, this guy is actually worse than Hitler. Rollins stalks Ambrose, and tries for a powerbomb, but gets backdropped. Both Rollins and Kane get tossed to the outside, with Dean throwing himself over the ropes at them. Seth gets thrown back in the ring, and Ambrose drop-toeholds Kane into the steps. Dean goes right after Rollins, stomping him into the corner. The ref’s counting, but Dean is channelling Bo Dallas at this stage. He hurls Rollins across the ring by the hair, then Kane drags Ambrose out of the ring, hurling him into the timekeeper’s area. Ambrose comes right back with a chair, clobbering Kane and Rollins, only to get put down with a boot by Kane. Kane tries to chokeslam Dean onto the chair, but Dean reverses to DDT Kane onto it instead; Rollins makes himself scarce and Ambrose beats Kane out of the ring with the chair.

I rather liked this. Ambrose plays the guy you can’t ever count out, with the slightly manic tilt to it. I enjoy how he’ll get so far into a match and then clearly think ‘screw it’. Adds something to the roster. 2.5 Stars.

Renee Young is backstage with Chris Jericho, and we look at the past couple of weeks of him getting the shit kicked out of him. Jericho says that at Battleground it was his night, but he’s since been paying the price. He really pushes the spider metaphor, which is a good way to destroy a metaphor. Plus, can he stop saying ‘let’s get crazy’ and then not getting crazy?

Oops, looks like Stardust got into the adrenochrome again. And Goldust is wearing a hat. Does the Cosmic Key unlock the door to the room they’re locked in so they can actually wrestle? It’s not like I’m not enjoying what Cody’s doing here, but I want to see him interact with…sane people.

Still Not As Bad As What Happened To Lita

Oh God, it’s Fandango, so I know what’s coming next. Yep, Diego and El Torito. Admittedly, Layla looks fairly breathtaking in her matador outfit that actually looks more pirate-y. I will say, this is kind of an elaborate crusade by a pair of women scorned. I suppose he should be happy they haven’t paid someone to give him herpes. You know what’s a thing that happens? That.

Bell rings and Fandango goes right after Diego, knocking his bullfighting ass down. The Matador gets thrown out of the ring, flips back in and Fandango turns it into a backbreaker. El Torito distracts Fandango, and then runs behind Layla and Summer Rae. Diego tries to take advantage of the distraction, but Fandango hangs him up on the ropes. Wow, when did he get so smart? Oh, but then Torito starts dancing with the ladies, and who in the back decided to play the music just then? Backstabber to Fandango, and that’s the match. The stupid, stupid match.

I don’t know who writes these comedy segments, or who they’re directed at. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t get along with any of them. 0.5 Stars.

Ziggler’s The Most Easily-Distracted Man In Wrestling

Oh boy, we’re going to be listening to the epic stylings of the Miz, who has already worn out his welcome in my eyes. But it’s a Del Rio match, so I should be able to drown him out. Alberto’s opponent is Ziggler, Michael calls them ‘two former World Champions’, and I admit that did throw me for a moment. Oh God, and the Miz was the WWE Champion.

Alberto immediately goes on the attack, but Ziggler ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick, throwing hands to Del Rio. He builds offence, but gets pancaked and Del Rio sleepers him. Dolph jawbreakers his way out, dodges a charge and hits a clothesline and then a stinger splash, following it up with a neckbreaker. Miz says he can’t talk about his future movie projects, probably because they’re so tragic anyone listening would weep themselves to death. Dolph misses the Fameasser and gets German-suplexed for the pin. Superkick misses; the big DDT does not and Miz gets a microphone. Wow, spiffy red trousers on that guy. He says he wants to thank a few people for his success; this would be funnier if he wasn’t actually repeating the same names, which is just lazy writing. Thank the barista who makes the best latte ever, or list the girls who write you fanmail. Be creative, you hacks. Del Rio tries to roll up Ziggler, but it’s only for two; he misses the corner enzuigiri and Ziggler hits the Fameasser for a near-fall. Miz wants to thank Ziggler for giving him the opportunity to beat him, and says he’s not as good as the Miz is. Naturally, Dolph’s ADHD mixed with his easily-roused temper kicks in, and he goes for Miz rather than trying to get a victory over Del Rio. Goddammit, Ziggler. Miz escapes; Ziggler goes back to the ring and gets enzuigiri’d and armbarred and he deserves it. Ziggler taps.

Nice back-and-forth match that was overshadowed by Miz being…well, the Miz. But still, nice match. 2.5 Stars.

Del Rio’s ‘dude, what?’ smile and shrug to Miz is just hilarious. Alberto’s just here to win matches. We get told AJ’s been taken to hospital following Paige’s girly-push.

We recap the Brie/Steph thing from Monday, and I agree it’s an interesting enough storyline, but there better not be any situation during that match when these women actually are allowed to wrestle. Because I can’t imagine anything worse. Oh, and Michael’s Not-Wearing-Pants interview of the week was with Brie. Seems an odd replacement for Triple H; I’m not sure what it means symbolically. Also, how little faith does Steph have in her legion of lawyers that she’d rather fight than let this go to court? Or even try to settle out of court with Brie with their lawyers present? My parents are lawyers, and when I mentioned this situation to them, they honestly could not stop laughing.

In The Interests Of Keeping Rowan Away From SummerSlam

The Wyatt Family make their way to the ring. Bray asks why Jericho came back here. Is it because he knew Bray was waiting for him? Sister Abigail warned Bray about Chris, and that everything he’d say would be an empty promise. Chris Jericho lied to everyone and Bray’s probably going to beat him up for that, I guess.

Jericho shows up, and the Wyatts retreat, leaving Rowan to take care of this. They lock up and Rowan gets backed into the corner, getting headbutted and slapped around. Chris gets tossed under the ropes in front of the Wyatts. Michael says he doesn’t want to be so close to the Wyatts, and of course he does: if they attack him he wins by default. Rowan attacks Chris the second he comes back in the ring, stomping him. Jericho ducks a clothesline, but gets shoved way again and again, getting worked over more in the corner. Ladies and gentlemen: this is Chris Jericho getting crazy. And as I type that, Rowan is low-bridged and Jericho springboard-dropkicks him: damn it. Baseball slide to the Rowan, and Harper trips Chris up on his way back into the ring. The ref kind of catches it, and Harper’s look of wide-eyed innocence crossed with ‘I’ll eat your face’ psychoticness is hilarious. Harper’s ejected from ringside, but pauses so Bray can whisper sweet nothings in his ear.

Back from the break, Rowan was driving his fists into Chris’s head, and then pumphandle backbreakers him. Rowan remains firmly in control, keeping Chris down. Man, you’d think multi-time world champion Chris Jericho would be putting up way, way more of a fight. Finally, Jericho fires up, going after Rowan but gets caught with a crossbody, which Jericho turns into a tornado DDT. Kicks to the gut of Rowan, and Jericho comes off the second rope with a missile dropkick, but Rowan manages to hit a big spinning kick. Big boot to the side of Jericho’s head, but when he tries again he nearly gets rolled up. Step-up enzuigiri to Rowan, and then a dropkick to the head. Lionsault to Rowan’s back, but Rowan kicks out at two. Jericho gets run over by Rowan, and the big man goes for a fallaway slam from the second rope, but Jericho fights back, knocking Rowan down. He comes off the top rope and right into a big boot for a near-fall. Frisky Bearhug to Jericho, who manages to hurl Rowan into the corner, and then hit the Codebreaker for the pin.

Rowan often doesn’t display a great amount of interesting offence, as most of the time it’s stomps and slaps. This was one of those times, but they still managed to tell an interesting story. I assume Harper will be next, and then Bray can win without outside interference. 2.5 Stars.

This was just an okay SmackDown to me. Some parts were good; some parts were funny, but just not enough to make a really compelling show. Seven.

I won’t be here next week, as I shall be sunning myself in Sorrento, but the very talented RHETT DAVIS has agreed to shoulder the burden of that week’s report. I hope you enjoy; I shall certainly be trying to steal some Italian’s computer and check it out. Arrivederci!
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CB’s Slant: Why WWE Should Cut John Cena and Other Controversial Roster Trimming Ideas http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/01/cbs-slant-why-wwe-should-cut-john-cena-and-other-controversial-roster-trimming-ideas/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/08/01/cbs-slant-why-wwe-should-cut-john-cena-and-other-controversial-roster-trimming-ideas/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:34:15 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168704 WWE has indicated that they are in cost-cutting mode and that they were going to make some tough decisions to save money and seemingly placate investors.

There are now rumors that more roster cuts will be made on the talent side, and so I thought now would be a good time to offer up my own audacious (and admittedly unrealistic) wish list for WWE roster cuts.

1. Cut John Cena: Like him or hate him, John Cena is always there. I mean always, as in he never backs down, he is always at the top of the card, and he never gives up … his spot.

While WWE looks at Cena as their biggest moneymaker and their top draw, I look at him as their biggest moneymaker and top draw … by default.

Think about how many times Cena at the top of the card has hindered other potential big draws from fully realizing that potential, and you’ll see a pattern that indicates (at least to me) a huge loss in revenue over the past few years.

The reason I say this is that more big stars means more big money, and because Cena has been so consistently used as their safest choice of a cash cow, there haven’t been as many breakthroughs at the top as there could have been.

Cutting Cena is obviously not going to happen, but my point is that WWE has created a situation where Cena’s presence causes a real logjam that prevents the WWE machine from really moving forward.

I bet you can list at least 5 wrestlers whose growth has been stunted over the years by Vince and the writers always sticking with Cena, and just think how much more money could have been made if that wasn’t the case.

2. Cut Randy Orton: Just like Cena, Randy Orton is (mostly) always there, and he’s another character that is more stale than most. Unlike Cena, I don’t think Orton really draws any money or interest anymore, and so it’s time to cut costs and say goodbye or at least shuffle him down the card to the point where he isn’t blocking someone else from emerging as a fresh new moneymaking draw.

3. Cut the Writing Staff: Overpaid, underwhelming, and ultimately vetoed by Vince anyway.

4. Cut Michael Cole and Have Jerry Lawler Retire from Announcing: Cole probably makes a ton of money for what he does and he and Lawler lose money for the company on a weekly basis (along with Vince being in their headsets) by failing to promote the wrestlers in the ring and the tasks at hand. Keep JBL and put him with Renee Young and call it a day.

These are just some ideas for potential bold roster cuts. Sound off with your own thoughts on my picks as well as your own ideas in the comments section below!

That’s all from me — CB.
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 7/28/14: John Cena Responds http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-72814-john-cena-responds/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-72814-john-cena-responds/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:39:45 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168543 As we continue on the road to SummerSlam, tonight on RAW we hear John Cena’s response to Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. Also, Stephanie McMahon has invited Brie Bella to RAW. Is Steph traumatized for life following her prison stint? Follow along to find out.

With All This Talk of Victimizing, Someone Better Call Detective Benson

After a recap of last week’s important events, John Cena came out. Cena said normally he would share in the crowd’s enthusiasm, but last week Plan C was what he hoped it wouldn’t be, and that is Brock Lesnar. Cena said that The Authority wants the WWE Title off of him so badly that they hired a mercenary to take it off him. Cena said there were boos and cheers, because quite frankly some of the WWE Universe wants to see Brock Lesnar beat the hell out of him. Cena said Brock Lesnar is the most devastating force in the WWE. He destroys who he wants, when he wants. Cena said Paul Heyman was right about something: At SummerSlam, he will get the beating of a lifetime. He’s going to get his ass kicked. But he won’t lay down. He will fight, and go to SummerSlam and beat Brock Lesnar just like he did in 2012. Cena said he doesn’t want to know what happens to the WWE Title if Brock gets it. Brock does what he wants, when he wants. And he doesn’t know who else can stop him.

Paul Heyman came out. He said at SummerSlam, his client will conquer John Cena and take the WWE Championship. Heyman said Cena spoke some might big words for a man that is about to be turned into a victim. Heyman said Cena has taken beatings before, but he’s never been victimized. Heyman said Cena should ask The Undertaker, but no one has seen or heard from him since Wrestlemania. Heyman said Cena is on the defensive, but his client is on the offensive. Heyman said after SummerSlam, Cena is going to be conquered.

Cena brought up passion. He said this is life, just like ECW was Heyman’s life. Cena said he loves this place and what it represents. Cena said Lesnar has no passion for anyone but himself. But what separates him from Lesnar is heart. Cena said Lesnar is going to have to beat every last ounce of it out of him if he wants to take the WWE Title away from him.

Cesaro came out. He said that even though him and Heyman have gone their separate ways, he will not let him insult his friend. Cesaro said Cena is a walking billboard. He said Cena must get his shoes from k-mart and you can’t wrestle in those, but Cena also just can’t wrestle. Cesaro challenged him to a match and Cena accepted.

Yes, Another Good Cena Match

The match started back from break. Cena took down Cesaro and went to a headlock. Cesaro escaped and went to a headlock of his own. Cesaro caught Cena mid air and hit a tilt-a-whirl backdrop. Cena escaped a bodyslam and hit a hurricarrana, but then caught an elbow from Cesaro in the corner. Cesaro landed some punches on Cena then knocked him off the apron with a shoulder to the gut. Cena charged back in the ring and landed some punches. He went for a bulldog but Cesaro threw him away.

Back from break, Cena went into CENA MODE. But Cesaro countered the slam with a DDT for two. Cesaro went for the Swing but Cena pulled himself up and went for a pin that got two. He followed it up with a powerbomb. Cena went to the top but Cesaro knocked him off and caught him with a boot to the face. Cesaro then hit his suplex from the apron to the inside. Cena caught Cesaro with an elbow in the corner and went for a DDT but Cesaro countered into the Swing. Cesaro applied a version of an ankle lock but Cena countered into the STF. Cena then hit a fisherman suplex and Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena went for the AA but Cesaro held the ropes. Cena then lifted him to the top. Cesaro knocked him off and went for a crossbody but Cena rolled through and went for the AA. Cesaro landed on his feet and connected on a boot to the arm of Cena, then tossed Cena in the air and hit an uppercut but only got two. Cesaro went for the Neutralizer but Cena countered. Cesaro hit a boot, then Cena, then Cesaro to knock Cena down. Cesaro went to the top, but Cena met him up there and hit the AA off the second rope for the win.

WINNER: John Cena

Backstage Steph told HHH she doesn’t think she can get the smell of prison out of her nose. And she doesn’t know if she can do what she can go out there tonight. Randy Orton came in and complained about not getting the Title shot at SummerSlam. HHH said that as long as Roman Reigns is in the picture, he won’t get it. Orton said he would take out Reigns tonight. HHH said Reigns is facing Kane. Orton said he has a problem with Kane, and now he has a problem with HHH.

Why Do I Feel Like Most Women Are Like This In Real Life

Paige came out. She said sometimes her emotions get the best of her. She still considers AJ her best friend in the whole wide world. What she did last week was deplorable. Paige said she saw someone who took her Title. But she will never do that again. AJ came out. She asked if she thinks anyone is buying what she said. AJ said she knows why she is mad. AJ said she doesn’t play little girl games. If she has a problem with someone, she will let them know to her face. Like a real woman. Paige said she is her friend, and if she doesn’t believe her she is crazy. AJ asked what she called her. Paige said she didn’t mean to call her that, or make fun of her mental health. AJ said she misposke and it happens to the best of us. AJ attacked Paige and tossed her to the outside, then ran her into the barricade. Paige jumped over the stairs as AJ stared on from inside the ring.

No, This Isn’t A RAW Replay

HHH and Stephanie McMahon came out. The crowd chanted “jailbird” at Steph. HHH said they have been through good times. But he said he was disappointed and disgusted at the WWE Universe last week when they laughed at his wife for being arrested last week. HHH said he can’t believe they laughed at her being handcuffed and thrown into a cop car like a common criminal. HHH said he will never forgive us. HHH said Brie Bella antagonized his wife and that she was asking for it. But it was all a simple mis-understanding. HHH said the charges were dropped except the assault and battery charge, which Brie Bella refuses to let go. HHH said they asked Brie here tonight to put this all behind us. Steph asked Brie to come out and instead got Chris Jericho.

Jericho came out and said he wanted to let Steph know how bad he felt, via a song. Jericho started singing the Cops theme and then the crowd finished it. Jericho said it is okay to be a jailbird nowadays. He said this is why the WWE Network was created, to watch her get arrested over and over. Jericho said HHH has stood buy his little flower’s side through and through. But he asked why HHH didn’t leave the arena with her. He said HHH must have found out what Jericho has known for years, that Steph is a no good, bottom feeding, trash bag and then HHH cut him off. HHH said Jericho should focus on Bray Wyatt. Jericho said he is, and he wants Bray Wyatt now. HHH said Jericho will have to wait til SummerSlam. Seth Rollins then came out and attacked Jericho with the MITB briefcase. HHH said that was his opponent for tonight.

Didn’t Rybaxel Break-Up?

It’s The Usos and Dolph Ziggler vs Rybaxel and The Miz. Dolph went after Miz early but Ryback tagged in. He hit a splash on Ziggler and tagged in Axel. Axel hit a dropkick then went to a headlock. Ziggler escaped and Axel missed a splash. An Uso tagged in and the action spilled to the outside. Where The Usos took out Rybaxel, then Miz ran away because he didn’t want to take a shot to his moneymaker. Back from break the heels were working over one of the Usos. Eventually Jimmy escaped from Miz and tagged in Ziggler. Ziggler hit a neckbreaker on Ryback followed by an elbow. Ziggler planted Ryback with a DDT but Miz broke up the pin. One Uso took out Axel. Miz dropped the other Uso on the ropes. Miz tried to distract Ziggler, but Ziggler escaped a powerbomb and hit the ZigZag on Ryback for the win. Xaiver Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E watched on.

WINNERS: The Usos and Dolph Ziggler

Bo Dallas came out and told R-Truth that he can never be undefeated like him, and that he’s lost a lot of matches. But Truth can one day win in life, if he BO-lieves. Bo took down R-Truth then did a victory lap. Bo came back in and Truth rolled him up to pick up the win. Bo congratulated Truth but then attacked him and landed multiple hard punches. Bo finished it off with a DDT.

Rusev and Lana came out. She talked about the flag being a symbol of our dominance. She said it is now just a faded symbol of our once great nation. She ripped on Obama and Bush before Jack Swagger and Zeb came out. Zeb said the American Flag is a real flag. He said it represents many things for our nation. But most of all it represents all the men and women that fought and died for our freedom. After a “We the People” Swagger charged the ring and went after Rusev. Rusev eventually took control and tossed Swagger into the barricade. Rusev went for the Accolade back in the ring but Swagger applied the ankle lock then knocked Rusev to the outside.

Adam Rose made quick work of Damien Sandow, who was dressed in a spacesuit.

No Kane Match As Advertised? Yeah Okay I’ll Live

As Roman Reigns made his way to the ring to fight Kane, Randy Orton attacked him in the crowd. Reigns took him out then hit a Samoan Drop on Kane in the ring. Orton came back in but ate a Superman Punch. Kane then hit a chokeslam on Reigns and left the ring. Orton then went to work on Reigns. He landed multiple kicks in the ropes. Orton tossed Reigns into the steps a couple times. Orton then hit a DDT off the barricade. Orton slammed the head of Reigns into the steps. Orton then took apart the announce table and hit the RKO. It didn’t break the first time, so Orton hit a second one and it did break.

Diego beat Fandango. El Torito, Summer Rae and Layla distracted Fandango.

Naomi and Natalya defeated Cameron and Alicia Fox.

Who Didn’t See This Coming?

Chris Jericho vs Seth Rollins. Both men brawled to the outside before Jericho regained control in the ring. Jericho hit a suplex. Jericho then caught Rollins with an enziguri kick to the head followed by a kick to the gut. Rollins recovered with a dropkick. He went for another but Jericho caught himself in the ropes. Jericho tossed Rollins to the apron then hit a shoulder tackle from the second rope to the outside.

Rollins had control back from break. He hit a splash in the corner. He went for another but Jericho moved. Jericho hit some some shoulder tackles followed by an axe handl off the top. Rollins countered and game back with a neckbreaker. Rollins hit some headbutts followed by sending Jericho into the turnbuckle. Rollins went to the top but Jericho crotched him. Jericho back body dropped Rollins off the top rope then hit a crossbody for two. Both men exchanged punches before Rollins connected on a kick to the gut. Jericho came back with an elbow but missed the Lionsault. Rollins hit the corner powerbomb. Jericho moved out of the way of the Curb Stomp and got a roll up for two. Jericho went for the Walls but Rollins got to the ropes then hit an enziguri kick. Rollins went for a springboard but Jericho caught him and hit a Codebreaker.

The lights then went out and The Wyatts then appeared in the ring. After a beatdown Bray hit Sister Abigail on Jericho.

A Prison Rules Match At SummerSlam? 

Steph came out and said getting arrested is a life altering experience. She said all of her business partners and shareholders can’t look her in the eye and they can’t think of her as nothing more than a common criminal. Her children are getting teased at camp and can’t have play dates anymore. Brie came through the crowd and said she had heard enough and wanted to get to the point. Steph said she asked her here to ask Brie to drop all the charges. Steph said no one deserves this. Brie said as far as she is concerned, Steph can go to hell. Steph promised to treat Nikki fairly going forward. Steph said she would give Nikki a raise. Brie said she would accept that as long as she agreed to her demands too. Brie wanted her job back. Steph asked if she would drop all the charges if she did that. Steph agreed.

Brie said she wanted one more thing, a match at SummerSlam. Steph agreed and asked what kind of match. Brie said a match against her. Steph said she hasn’t competed in over 10 years. Steph said she will give her any match except against her. Brie said she would see her in court. Steph said this was all ridiculous and started to break down. She said she couldn’t stoop that level. Steph finally broke down crying and agreed. Steph then slapped Brie off the apron and said that at SummerSlam, she would make Brie her bitch. Steph celebrated but Brie came back in the ring and attacked Steph. Finlay, Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury and HHH came out to break it up.

WHAT I LIKED

Opening Segment, Cena/Cesaro: The opening Cena wasn’t bad Cena, it wasn’t great Cena but I thought he did a good job of sounding serious during his promo. He didn’t resort to corny and stupid jokes, and sold the seriousness of his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Paul Heyman again brought the goods. And the Cena/Cesaro match was very good. They did a good job protecting Cesaro, essentially making a “Super AA” be the reason that he lost. Cena was no slouch in the match either. A good opening 40 minutes of the show.

Paige/AJ Segment: This gets a hit because I like that they are letting these two develop some kind of feud. Paige is starting to develop a little bit of character. And seeing both women hand out some physical beatings two weeks in a row is different for the Divas Division. Maybe a No DQ match at SummerSlam? If any two Divas could pull this off, it would be these two. I like that the WWE is actually giving two really good Divas some time to develop a really feud.

Roman Reigns/Randy Orton: The WWE did a good job of here of making people care about Orton/Reigns. Orton’s beatdown of Reigns was a good way for him to get some more heat heading into their match at SummerSlam. Sometimes you have to make the top guy look weak and vulnerable to sell a match, and they did that here with Reigns. It’s something they haven’t done with Cena, which is why people don’t like him.

Chris Jericho/Seth Rollins: The two were having a good match before the ending. Pretty much everyone saw the ending coming from a mile away, so it kind of took away from my full enjoyment of the match. Maybe I would have liked it a bit more, but it kind of seemed like they didn’t fully get out of second gear during the match. It was still enjoyable, but not as good as you might expect from these two.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Bo Dallas Losing: Part of me thinks the WWE did this just so Bo Dallas didn’t pass The Undertaker in terms of wins in a row. Hell, you could even argue this was a worse decision than having Undertaker lose at Wrestlemania. Let someone that matters beat Bo. An R-Truth win over Bo will mean nothing in the end. Let Bo keep growing as a character, then have him snap over someone that matters more when he loses.

I don’t know where to put the Stephanie McMahon/Brie Bella segment. I didn’t like that it was the last thing on RAW. And I thought some of Brie’s acting was awkward. But it is tough to deny that this doesn’t have some heat behind it. And once again, Stephanie McMahon played her role great. I think that is why I’m actually enjoying some of this angle.

I thought this was another good show. It had a couple of good matches and did a good job of building to a lot of matches at SummerSlam. I’m giving the show a 6.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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JC’s Top Rope Report: Why Brock Lesnar As WWE Champ Is Best For Business http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/jcs-top-rope-report-why-brock-lesnar-as-wwe-champ-is-best-for-business/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/28/jcs-top-rope-report-why-brock-lesnar-as-wwe-champ-is-best-for-business/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168538 We are only a few weeks away from the Brock Lesnar/John Cena match at SummerSlam. The match itself should be just as good as the first one. And when you add in Paul Heyman cutting Brock Lesnar’s promos for him this time around, and being able to sell the match itself, the build should be a little better.

People who aren’t happy about John Cena as Champ again need to remember that this wasn’t the original plan. If you believe everything you read, this was suppose to be Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar. But Bryan’s injury forced a change of plans. Lesnar/Cena, however, didn’t disappoint the first time. They offered a very physical brawl that we had not seen in the WWE for quite some time. It’ll be interesting to see if the No DQ stipulation is added this time. If it isn’t, I’ll be interested to see what kind of match Cena and Lesnar have this time. You can’t hold Lesnar’s last match against him. He was working with a broken down, badly concussed Undertaker for most of the match.

But we can talk about the match itself all we want. What everyone has been talking about is the likely result, Brock Lesnar leaving as WWE Champ, and what will come after. Brock Lesnar NOT winning the WWE Title would just be stupid on a number of levels. First of all, it would kill any momentum Brock had from ending The Streak at Wrestlemania. We can argue about how Brock has been booked since his return, but losing at SummerSlam would be the biggest mistake of all. If it were up to me, I would have Brock Lesnar undefeated right now. I also wouldn’t have had him fight HHH three times. I would have done Rock/Brock at Wrestlemania 29 (no Titles on the line).

Since Wrestlemania I have come to be okay with Brock Lesnar ending The Streak at Wrestlemania. Having Brock Lesnar end The Streak, then go on to win the WWE Title in his next match, will make whoever beats him a huge star. Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Title right now is the best possible option the WWE has. People already don’t like John Cena as Champ. Randy Orton shouldn’t touch the Title again if it were up to me. Batista is out promoting a movie. As much as we all love Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, I just don’t think either of them is ready for a Title run. Reigns is improving but he isn’t ready to take over the, no pun intended, reigns as the top guy in the WWE.

Brock Lesnar as WWE Champ will help elevate the Title. Lesnar can assert a reign of terror over the WWE as Champion. Yes, I know Lesnar has a limited number of dates he works. And some people won’t be happy with the WWE Champ not on TV every week. But I think it is a plus. It makes seeing the Champ and the Title get defended feel like a special occasion. It can draw people to the Network. Want to see the Champ and see him defend the Title? Subscribe to the Network.

We know that Lesnar is wrestling at SummerSlam, and one would have to think that Lesnar will also be on Night of Champions. If I could, I would talk Lesnar into working the Hell In A Cell PPV. Who wouldn’t want to see Lesnar fight in a Cell match? The question becomes if you really want to let Cena lose three times to Brock Lesnar. Because that is what has to happen. You can’t trade wins and losses. You can’t have Lesnar lose at SummerSlam then win at Night of Champions. I would even listen to the idea of Lesnar just destroying Cena at SummerSlam in a 10-12 minute match. If you don’t want Cena to lose three times, you could always throw someone else out there for Night of Champions. How about revenge for Cesaro against Heyman. I wouldn’t even mind Batista fighting Lesnar. Anything that would get me Cena/Lesnar inside the Cell. That’s the big money match to me.

Now I’m sure Lesnar won’t be on every PPV this year. I would keep him around until Hell In A Cell. He’s probably taking some kind of break in the fall. How do you make up for that? Well, you would hope that it is a possibility Daniel Bryan is back by then. If he can’t, I think it would be a good time to introduce Sting. Especially going into Survivor Series, where we can all dream about the possibility of a War Games match: Sting/Cena/Amborse/Reigns vs HHH/Orton/Rollins/Kane. I know it is an absolute pipe dream, but it would be one way to keep people interested in the product while there is no Champ around.

You could bring back Lesnar for the Royal Rumble if you want. But the appeal of that match is the Rumble itself. It will always be that. Maybe you have a Sting singles match at the show. But Lesnar isn’t necessary for the Rumble. Assuming the WWE keeps the same Network subscription schedule, those won’t be due until February anyways. You have Lesnar come back and win the Elimination Chamber match. Then, he defends the WWE Title at Wrestlemania against presumably Roman Reigns (although if Dean Ambrose gets hot he may be tough to keep down). Then you have the transition to the new face of the WWE and a new Champion to usher in a new era.

Brock Lesnar becoming WWE Champ will be good for business in the long run. It will help re-establish the prestige of the Title that has been lost recently. Because Lesnar won’t appear on every show, it will make seeing the Champion a special occasion. It’ll feel like the late 80s/early 90s when the Champ wasn’t on every show.

There will be people who won’t be happy with another part timer as Champ. But this is a different situation all together. Lesnar winning the Title and just dominating everyone that stands in his way will make whoever beats him a new star. With The Rock, it was a publicity stunt by the WWE to try and get main stream attention. And The Rock didn’t put anyone new over in the end. He “passed the torch” to Cena, even though Cena had been the man that point for almost 8 years. Lesnar is a different beast all together.

But who knows, this could all just be wishful thinking. I mean, John Cena could beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. They did it once, who says they can’t do it again. But the WWE can’t be that dumb right? RIGHT?

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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You Book It! – Roman Reigns Run To WrestleMania 31 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/23/you-book-it-roman-reigns-run-to-wrestlemania-31/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/23/you-book-it-roman-reigns-run-to-wrestlemania-31/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:01:25 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168425 You Book It - Roman Reigns

 

Another week and another chance to book your own WWE. If you’ve watched WWE in the last few months you’ve surely noticed the rapid rise of former Shield member, Roman Reigns.

For weeks it seemed as if Reigns was moving quickly into a match with WWE COO Triple H at SummerSlam. Now it appears his path has switched to a match with Randy Orton. Does that mean the WWE is pulling back on Reigns’ push? Or have they decided to take their time developing this top new babyface? Was SummerSlam too early to push him into a main event spot when it looks as if he’s the front-runner to win the Royal Rumble?

What would you do with Roman Reigns? Keep him on course or maybe shift him in a new direction? Or maybe insert someone else into his spot? Maybe another returning former superstar? Book It below!
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THE RAGER! A Super Early Summerslam Kickoff Show (Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, John Cena) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/23/the-rager-a-super-early-summerslam-kickoff-show-roman-reigns-bray-wyatt-john-cena/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/23/the-rager-a-super-early-summerslam-kickoff-show-roman-reigns-bray-wyatt-john-cena/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:53 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168364 Missed me? Yeah, me neither. Let’s just jump into it and get this over with, yes?

Kick-Off

Fandango vs Adam Rose
Apparently Rose doesn’t share Fandango’s enthusiasm for triangles…he’s probably more of an octagon fan.

Cameron vs Naomi
They couldn’t have just buried this match on Smackdown where no one would ever see it?

BATTLEGROUND

Usos vs Wyatts
A 2 out of 3 falls is a good way to end a feud and this feud has kind of suffered from too much of a good thing. Their matches have been fun to watch but the market has been flooded with it since they first faced off. I would’ve liked for the Wyatts to have actually won the tag championships at one point, especially with a face team like GoldStar waiting in the wings. Also, let me go ahead and say something that may get some negative feedback: I can’t stand Eric Rowan. I don’t know what it is but every time he’s tagged in, I find myself wandering on my laptop until Harper comes back in. The head-fisting thing he does is the dumbest thing I’ve seen since the camel-clutch/accolade.
Good match, let’s move on already.

John Gruden was spotted behind the commentators, does the guy ever go out in public without wearing some sort of visor?

AJ vs Paige
Aside from a botch or two from Paige, it was a fun match to watch. It wasn’t the masterpiece of Natalya vs Charlotte but that feels like an impossible high bar most Divas matches will never come close to.

Rusev vs Jack Swagger
Apparently this feud was cancelled after Lana’s rant which is weird because this is the first time something was broken or ruined and it wasn’t Swagger’s fault. It’s a shame too because this is the most over Swagger has ever been and probably ever will be. I also want to point out the trainer tending to Jack Swagger’s “head injury” by shaking Jack’s head. His medical school must’ve been online.

Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins
Okay so the match itself never happened but I had to title this segment something. I really love the video package, I just wished it was saved for whenever their actual match happened. This segment was the biggest and best example of this being an unnecessary in-between pay per view for Summer Slam. As much as I love these two, we need more meat in this story and not just one guy jumping the other every week.

Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt
Wasn’t completely impressed with this match. It was slow and felt mostly one-sided until Jericho pulled off the miracle win at the end. Maybe it was because I was expecting too much and built it up to an impossible extent in my head or everyone realized it was Battleground and decided they didn’t actually give a crap. It’s funny that Lawler is still mesmerized by Bray’s spider walk, you don’t have to be possessed to do it, just do some DDP yoga a few times a week.

The most shocking thing about all this is that Jericho actually won a match this soon after returning.

IC Battle Royal
Clearly WWE has found a winning formula when it comes to battle royals but they really need to pace themselves because Kofi is going to eventually run out of ideas. I would still like periodical check-ins with Bad News Barrett, seeing as how he did kinda get over by just talking…even if his promo got extremely real extremely quick. Would’ve been nice if Ziggler got the win just because it would sort of assure that we would have something to do in the near future. I guess it makes sense for Miz to win, help put over the new version of his character and give him more incentive to wake up super early and do crappy radio promotions that no one else in the company wants to do.

John Cena vs Kane vs Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns
A whole lot of “meh” in this match other than the Roman Reigns highlight show. Honestly, it was a fine main event and would’ve been a lot better if we didn’t get the exact same Cena finish that we got last month at MitB. He hit Orton with an AA on-top of Kane, the only difference is Cena had to actually pin someone this time. I get that Cena was going to win this, I’ve come to terms with it, but at least mix up a little bit. Even if they’re not going to mix it up, at least take a break from being lazy long enough to come up with a finish that isn’t the exact same as the previous PPV. If Cena wins at Summer Slam by hitting Heyman with an AA on-top of Lesnar, I’m setting everyone’s house on fire. Sure, it’s not the most original reaction to anger but then again, neither are Cena’s finishes.

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

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Classy Ring Attire 129 – Bring it on Down To BattleGround http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/classy-ring-attire-129-bring-it-on-down-to-battleground/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/classy-ring-attire-129-bring-it-on-down-to-battleground/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:38:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168228 It time for the awkward middle PPV between Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, so join us as we watch the company stall for time until Brock Lester can get back on TV.
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 7/21/14: Is It Time For Plan C? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-72114-is-it-time-for-plan-c/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/21/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-72114-is-it-time-for-plan-c/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:28:01 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168265 It’s the RAW after a pretty forgettable Battleground PPV. What will Paul Heyman’s Plan C be? (Hint: It isn’t CM Punk.) The Road to SummerSlam starts tonight. Oh, and Flo Rida is going to be on the show. At least we know what the lowest rated segment will be.

HHH Is Trolling Us

Triple H came out to start the show. He said no one backstage wants to look him in the eye because they are scared he will blow a gasket after what happened last night. HHH said that he has options, and then he said he is going to tweet or instagram or vine about it. He said he is going to threaten to stop watching if him and his friend Mark don’t get what they want. HHH said it doesn’t matter, because he can guaran-damn-tee that John Cena will not be WWE Champion after SummerSlam.

Randy Orton came out and said that he is still waiting for his one-on-one match that he didn’t get after Wrestlemania. HHH said that right now Orton is at the top of the list, but he is going to have the opportunity to prove himself tonight. Just like everyone else on the roster will. Orton said if Kane had done his job then he would be standing there WWE Champion tonight. Kane came out and said that he hopes he is being considered to face John Cena. He said he can bring the WWE Title back to The Authority if he doesn’t have to be Orton’s personal protector and he is done baby-sitting.

Roman Reigns came out. He said if they are going to have a conversation about the WWE Championship, he should be in it. He said no one wants to see Kane/Cena or Orton/Cena again. He said everyone wants to see Reigns/Cena. Reigns then took out Kane with a Superman Punch as Orton backed away. HHH then made a 2-on-1 handicap with Reigns taking on Orton and Kane.

The match started back from break. Reigns took down Orton with a headbutt then landed some punches in the corner. Reigns telegraphed a backdrop and Orton threw him down. Kane landed some shots to the back but Reigns came back with a Samoan Drop. Orton tagged in and took Reigns out with a knee to the gut followed by the Orton stomp. Kane tagged in and hit a sit down dropkick. Kane hit a clothesline in the corner but Reigns got his boot up when he went to hit another. Reigns hit an axe handle off the top. He went to grab Kane but instead Kane tossed him through the ropes to the outside. Outside, however, Reigns reversed Kane and tossed him into the steps.

Back from break Orton got out of a headlock but Orton caught him with an elbow. Both men took turns working over Reigns. Reigns took out Orton with a Samoan Drop. Kane tagged in but Reigns started his comeback with some clotheslines followed by his apron dropkick. Reigns knocked Orton off the apron with a punch. Kane escaped a Samoan Drop and hit a boot. Kane went to tag Orton but Orton refused. Kane said Orton should have been there for him yesterday. Kane grabbed Orton but Reigns took out Kane with a Superman Punch, and followed it up with a Spear for the win.

WINNER: Roman Reigns

Orton teased coming to the ring after the match but he instead backed away.

The Greatest Heel Team Of All Time

Nikki Bella came out for a 4-on-1 handicap match against Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Eva Marie and Cameron. Brie Bella was front row and Nikki went over and hugged her. Stephanie McMahon came out and called Brie a quitter and said she abandoned her for her husband. Brie called Steph a bitch. Brie took the mic and said that she was doing this out of spite because she left her hand print on Steph’s face. Brie called Steph a vindictive bitch. Steph slaped her and Brie tried jumping at her but security stopped her. The match started and the heels won in quick fashion. Steph said this was Brie’s fault and sooner or later, Nikki will quit just like her.

Damien Sandow came out in a LeBron James Heat jersey. Bo Dallas was in the ring and he told Bo that if he was smart, he would do what he did and leave. Bo clotheslined Sandow over the top but Sandow caught him with an elbow back in the ring. Sandow connected on an elbow followed by a running knee. Sandow missed the Elbow of Disdain and Bo hit the Bo-Dog for the win.

Bray Is Coming To Steal The Jeritron 5000 For His Cabin

Bray Wyatt came out for the Highlight Reel. Chris Jericho, however, was attacked backstage by the Wyatts before hand on the App. Bray asked where their savior Chris Jericho was. Bray said Jericho wasn’t there for you, but he is. He said he has been here every day for us. Bray said that everyone thinks since Chris Jericho won that he is a better man than him. Bray said a loss in the battle means nothing to him, because he knows it’s winning the war that counts. Bray said he is ever bit the monster that everyone thinks he is. Bray said you can’t measure him by normal standards. Abgail once told him to be careful chasing vengeance because it would result in digging two graves, one for Jericho and one for himself. Bray then said that he is forever.

A Good Miz Match?

It’s Miz vs Dolph Ziggler. Miz bailed from the ring early and Dolph chased him around. Dolph hit a Lou Thesz Press and Miz bailed again. Dolph tossed Miz into the barricade. Back in the ring Dolph hit a hip toss followed by his elbows. Miz tried escaping again but this time surprised Dolph with an elbow. Miz tried catapulting Dolph over the top but Ziggler skinned the cat. Miz knocked Dolph off the apron into commercial.

Back from break Miz connected on a suplex. Miz dominated a bit longer before Dolph moved out of the way of a corner clothesline. Dolph hit a splash in the corner followed by a backbreaker. Miz went connected on a backbreaker followed by a neckbreaker for two. Miz tried going for the Figure Four but Dolph kicked him away, allowing himself to get up and hit a DDT for two. Miz kicked Dolph in the knee and hit his short DDT for two. Miz landed some kicks to the knee of Dolph. Dolph tried a quick roll up but only got two. Miz recovered and applied the Figure Four but Dolph got to the ropes. Dolph recovered and hit the Fameasser for two. Dolph went for the ZigZag but Miz stopped himself in the ropes. Miz caught Dolph with a boot to the face. Dolph escaped the Skull Crushing Finale and went to punch Miz in the face but Miz turned around. This allowed Dolph to hit the ZigZag for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Seth Rollins was with HHH backstage. HHH told him he didn’t need to face Cena at SummerSlam because he is Mr. Money in the Bank. Rollins said Ambrose needs to be stopped. Cesaro came in and said he is no longer a Paul Heyman guy, he wants to be a HHH guy. HHH said that he should take care of Dean Ambrose tonight, then they could talk.

The Frenemies EXPLODE

It’s AJ and Paige vs Emma and Natalya. AJ caught Emma with an elbow then tagged in Paige. Emma immediately applied the Delemma. Natalya tagged in and hit a German suplex then applied the Sharpshooter. Paige got to AJ and she tagged in. AJ hit the Shining Wizard, and followed it up with the Black Widow for the win. After the match as they were celebrating their win, Paige pulled down AJ and hit some headbutts. Paige tossed AJ to the outside then into the barricade and ringpost. She then threw AJ over the announce table as she said this was her house. Paige skipped away.

Zack Ryder beat Fandango after Layla pushed Fandango’s foot off the ropes. After the match, Ryder looked around shocked and said “I won?”

Flo Rida performed. And no one cared. Steph was in the ring during his performance.

Two police officers then came to the ring and stopped Steph. They showed her their badges and said they were there to arrest Steph for battery on Brie Bella. Brie came out again and told her this is what she deserved. Steph was handcuffed and taken away as the crowd chanted YES. HHH tried to get the cops to stop backstage but they refused. Steph was put in the back of the car and taken away.

Backstage, Joey Mercury told HHH they should go. Mercury asked HHH about his decision on who to face Cena. HHH paused. He said it would probably take a little bit to process her, and the lawyers are going there now. HHH said to put the car on standby for now.

Big E and Kofi vs Rybaxel. Rybaxel took control of Big E early on. Ryback hit a belly to belly where it looked like Big E landed on his neck. Ryback went for the Meathook but Big E took him out and taggged in Kofi. Kofi hit the SOS and crossbody off the top, but Ryback rolled through and scored the pinfall victory. Xaiver Woods then came out and said they can’t get forward in life by kissing babies and hugs. He said now is there time to take what is theres. It seemed very much like a heel turn/Nation of Domination tease.

Rusev defeated Great Khali.

All The Chairs

Dean Ambrose vs Cesaro. Both men landed early blows before Cesaro tossed Ambrose into the ringpost. Cesaro then suplexed Ambrose to the outside. Cesaro applied an armbar back in the ring. Ambrose fought out but Cesaro caught him with a right hand. Ambrose backed into the corner then jumped out and attacked. Cesaro was sent to the outside. Ambrose went for a crossbody to the outside but Cesaro caught him with an uppercut.

Cesaro hit Ambrose with a German suplex back from break. They went to the top but Ambrose head butted Cesaro off and hit a missile dropkick. Ambrose hit a crossbody. He caught Cesaro with an elbow then hit a tornado DDT off the second rope for two. Ambrose tossed Cesaro to the outside then hit a suicide dive through the ropes. Cesaro shoved Ambrose into the ropes but Ambrose bounced off and hit a clothesline for two. Cesaro ducked a clothesline then hit one of his own. Cesaro crotched Ambrose on the ropes then landed some boots to the face. Ambrose got out then tossed Cesaro into the ringpost shoulder first three times. Ambrose then took a chair and smashed it into Cesaro’s arm, causing a DQ.

WINNER via DQ: Cesaro

One Nation, Under Paul Heyman

HHH came out to introduce Cena’s opponent and Randy Orton came out. Roman Reigns attacked him before he could get tot the ring and they brawled through the crowd. Paul Heyman came onto the stage. Heyman said Plan A of Randy Orton isn’t working with Roman Reigns round. And he likes Plan B in Seth Rollins but that won’t work with Dean Ambrose around. Heyman said that means HHH has to go to the more dangerous choice of Plan C. Brock Lesnar came out. They came into the ring. HHH then shook the hands of Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar. Heyman said he officially announces his client’s intentions to conquer John Cena and take the WWE Title at SummerSlam. Heyman said he knows there is a divide when it comes to Cena. Heyman said his client doesn’t care, because the Doctor of Thuganomics is in for the beating of a lifetime. Heyman than showed a video package of Lesnar beating Taker at Wrestlemania. Heyman said Cena cannot escape the beating that is coming to him. Heyman said Lesnar will punch Cena’s face in and injure John Cena. Heyman said then and only then will Brock Lesnar become WWE Champion. Heyman said Cena being the greatest WWE Champion is a myth. Heyman said he pledges allegiance to the conqueror before him, but Cenation is now a nation that is dividable and about to be conquered. And at SummerSlam, Brock Lesnar is leaving WWE Champion.

WHAT I LIKED

Paul Heyman Promo: My recap doesn’t do it justice. I was so enthralled by that promo that I probably missed a couple things here or there. But it was great. I was already looking forward to Lesnar/Cena, but Heyman’s promo just took everything to another level. The match should be just as good as their Extreme Rules match and will definitely have a big fight feel to it. (Except if you are FDSwayze, who will probably stop watching once the match starts.)

Stephanie McMahon/Brie Bella: Who would have thought this would have a pretty good build up? They had a couple of entertaining segments. It helps that Stephanie does such a GREAT job in her role as a heel. She can’t be praised enough for it. The fans want to see her get what is coming to her. Brie wasn’t bad in her role too. The arrest of Steph got the biggest pop of the night. Can they top this segment in the next few weeks? It’ll be tough.

Miz/Dolph Ziggler: SOLID TV match. This is the kind of match that should be happening once or twice a show when RAW is three hours. Let these guys go out there and wrestle for 15 minutes. They had the crowd invested which is what counts. It was Miz’s best match since god knows when. And you know Dolph will have the crowd behind him no matter what. Good performance from both men. And while I may not like The Miz, he isn’t doing a bad job with his new heel role. He should have been doing this role earlier in his career.

Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton/Kane: Good start to RAW. First we had HHH trolling the IWC, then we had this good match. Reigns continues to improve as a performer in the ring. The crowd is behind him and he held his own in the ring here. Reigns offense will stay over because of how he delivers it. Reigns also has more of an “it” factor to me than Cena does or ever did. Something just stands out about him.

The Frenemies EXPLODE: We don’t normally see things like this for Divas feuds. Paige should come off better as a heel. She always had a more aggressive side in the ring and it was always better suited for a heel role. Hopefully these two can have a better match than they had at Battleground.

A New Nation of Domination?: I called for something similar to this awhile ago. Kofi is someone who has been in desperate need for a character change. Big E has lost all his momentum since his debut. So why not give them a heel turn and see where it goes? It’s better than what their stale characters have been up to the last year. Maybe add Mark Henry or Titus O’Neil and you are set. My guess is someone on the writing team saw the new Purge movie and also got the idea from that.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Bray Wyatt Promo: There’s really only one reason this is here: It’s the same thing Bray has done before. The same type of promo he had when he was up against Daniel Bryan and John Cena. And while his act is still over, he needs to start expanding on his material a bit more. Sooner or later, a lot of fans will catch on to this and his act won’t stay as hot as it is. 

Flo Rida Performance: Music concerts should not take place on RAW. Especially when you know it’s more than likely that said act is lip-syncing.

I really liked this episode of RAW. We had a couple of really good matches, a great Paul Heyman promo, and a surprisingly entertaining Stephanie McMahon/Brie Bella segment. Most of the filler wasn’t bad either. I’m going to give the show an 8. Good start on the Road to SummerSlam.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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My Thoughts: WWE Battleground 7.20.14 (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Kane, Randy Orton) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/20/my-thoughts-wwe-battleground-7-20-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-kane-randy-orton/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/20/my-thoughts-wwe-battleground-7-20-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-kane-randy-orton/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:57:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168222 Battleground 2014 Match Card

1. Hey The Usos vs The Wyatt Family are up first! Did you know the “Wrestling Wife” just created a new t-shirt for the Samoan brothers? You can find it right here! I love the fact that this is a 2 out of 3 fall match and putting some focus on the Tag Team Championships. Granted these two teams are basically the ONLY two teams in the WWE right now but at least they put on a good match. Well that match was going well until Luke Harper’s shoulder was up during the second fall. Not a single mention of it so we never saw it right? Speaking of Harper, his plancha to the outside is insane. WOW, despite the botched 2nd fall this was an awesome match. I honestly don’t see a title run for The Wyatt Family anytime soon since they lost again tonight.

2. By the way have you checked out the new DEAN AMBROSE & SETH ROLLINS Wallpapers yet? Just click on their names to check them out! If that’s the way they covered up the injury to Rollins, it was perfectly placed. Just too bad we aren’t getting that match tonight.

3. Hey, how about the Paige Wallpaper? You know you want the “Anti-Diva” on your computer screen. I always thought these two women could have a good match since they are relatively the same size and have similar move sets. At least we’re not having another 30 second match. And they put on a very good Divas match. I like that AJ Lee reintroduced her striking finisher although I would have preferred it if she used the GTS for the win. At least for one night.

4. It’s a good thing that WWE created an anti-American character. If they didn’t, I could see Swagger on the cut sheet. Lana, on the other hand, could easily take over the role Vickie Guerrero played for so long. I just thought of it but I don’t think Jack Swagger has been booked as a babyface. This turn may have been strange but at least it’s a shot for Swagger to show if he can get the crowd behind him. The finish was an efficient way to keep both guys strong and Swagger’s babyface push going.

5. I absolutely admire that Chris Jericho comes back to the WWE because there are men he WANTS to work with and not for the paycheck. By the way have you seen the new Bray Wyatt/Chris Jericho wallpaper? Also did you know that Bray Wyatt was born in 1987 while Chris Jericho was born in 1970? Jericho’s debut came in 1990 when Wyatt was only 3. Sometimes it really does seem like Jericho is ageless and this match was another match to solidify that match. The clean pin over Wyatt was unexpected and exactly what this feud needed. We’ve seen Wyatt blow over so many guys in the past, having him lose cleanly in the first match of the feud adds a new wrinkle to a predictable feud.

6. I LOVE what they’re doing with Ambrose and Rollins. The spontaneity and intensity between these two guys is something we haven’t seen in the WWE in a good long time so it’s refreshing to see something that translates from the ring to the ringside arena, backstage and even the parking lot. I would love to see the feud extended for a good long time.

7. It would be absolutely amazing if Damien Sandow won this IC title in this ridiculous gimmick. Just please don’t let it be The Miz who’s pulling a Jerry Lawler on the outside of the ring. Cesaro’s strength is inhuman. The exchanges he had with Kofi Kingston were some of the best spots of the night and no man should be able to pull some of those things off. And Mr. Mizable somehow gets his hands on gold. I really don’t understand who loves this guy so much backstage as he seems to get opportunity after opportunity.

8. I hate the fact that Cena is still coming out with both belts. Didn’t he “retire” the “Big Gold Belt” when he handed it off to Ric Flair last week? It’s stupid for him to be walking around with both but I’m guessing they’re waiting until the new title with the new WWE logo to show up after SummerSlam. I like the subtle changes to Roman Reigns’ look. It just distances him The Shield a little bit more. I don’t like that in some spots it looks like Seth Rollins horrible entrance vest. Who on staff loves that weird triangle thing on the back of both of their vests? It’s pretty funny that Kane is receiving ZERO reaction from the live crowd. Glenn Jacobs easily had a Hall Of Fame career but it’s definitely time to call it a day on his in-ring career. While it was a good match, good God was that an anti-climatic finish. No title change, no Brock Lesnar and nothing to report about. Just another Super-Cena win. Sigh.
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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Battleground (Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/20/a2z-analysiz-wwe-battleground-daniel-bryan-randy-orton/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/20/a2z-analysiz-wwe-battleground-daniel-bryan-randy-orton/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:00:06 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=167989 Battleground

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First Niagara Center – Buffalo, New York – Sunday, October 6, 2013

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

MATCH #1: Battleground Hardcore Rules Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Alberto Del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam

Del Rio has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fourth defense. RVD has Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner. I have no idea what makes a “Battleground Hardcore Rules” match any different than a regular Hardcore Rules match. Del Rio attacks right away and they are on the floor within 30 seconds. RVD hits a moonsault off the barricade. Back to the ring RVD brings a chair and hits a slingshot DDT right on said chair for a two-count. Del Rio recovers from that pretty quickly and hits a Backstabber for two. He strikes with a steel chair, and keeps RVD on the mat. RVD fights back with a spin kick and he goes to the floor to get a ladder. RVD hits the thrust kick from the top rope, and then whips Del Rio into the ladder in the corner. Del Rio crashes hard to the floor. Back in the ring RVD gets a two-count. RVD goes for the monkey flip but Del Rio avoids it and hits an enziguiri. The Champ is back in control and he brings in a trash can to beat on his challenger with. Del Rio goes to the top rope with the trash can and RVD kicks it right back into his face! RVD picks up the pace and unloads with a flurry of offense. He slams Del Rio on the ladder and hits a split-legged moonsault for a two-count. RVD goes for Rolling Thunder on the ladder but Del Rio moves out of the way. Ouch. Del Rio puts on the Cross Armbreaker and Rodriguez comes in the ring to break it up with the bucket he carries for some reason. RVD rolls Del Rio up for two, and then Del Rio dumps RVD to the floor. Del Rio yells at Rodriguez, and the ring announcer finally stands up for himself and fights back. OF course he doesn’t get too far with that and Del Rio beats him down. The distraction allows RVD to baseball slide the ladder onto Del Rio, and he follows with a Five-Star Frog Splash off the apron, crushing Del Rio under the force of the ladder. Back in the ring RVD covers for two. RVD tries the Van Terminator but Del Rio is able to avoid it. Del Rio hits a drop toehold onto the chair. He Pillmanizes RVD’s arm and then puts on the Cross Armbreaker with the chair and RVD taps out at 16:03. That was a lot of back and forth moves with not much story, but they worked in some cool spots and Del Rio went over super clean and I appreciate that.
Rating: ***¼

MATCH #2: Santino Marella & The Great Khali vs. The Real Americans

Santino and Khali are accompanied by Hornswoggle, while Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro have Zeb Colter in their corner. Swagger and Santino start the match. They wrestle on the mat for a bit and Swagger takes the early advantage. Santino fights back and takes out the Cobra pretty early and Swagger bails to the floor. Back in the ring the Real Americans are able to isolate Santino and wear him down with their swank double-team moves. After several minutes a tag is made and Khali comes in a house afire. Khali hits Cesaro with the big chop to the head and Swagger has to break up the pin. Swagger gets knocked to the floor with another Khali chop and Santino takes him out with a house show dive. Cesaro recovers and goes low on Khali, putting him on his back in the center of the ring. That leaves the giant in perfect position for the Cesaro Swing! The crowd pops huge for it, and Cesaro gets the pin at 7:06. That seemed more like a match meant for Main Event, but the whole point was to put Cesaro over and I’m all for that, so this match gets a pass.
Rating: **

MATCH #3: Intercontinental Championship Match – Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth

Axel has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is his fifth defense. He has Paul Heyman in his corner. They start off aggressively and Truth takes the first control. Truth unloads on Axel and sends him to the floor with a clothesline. He hits Axel with a clothesline off the apron and brings him back in th ering for a two-count. Axel is able to position Truth outside the ring so he can kick him back into the barricade. Axel then rams Truth into the barricade again and the Champ is in control. Back in the ring Axel gets two. Axel continues to wear Truth down, hitting a nice dropkick for two. Truth fights back and scores a victory roll for a two-count. He hits the Corkscrew scissors kick and scores a near-fall. Truth hits the Truth Conviction for another two-count. He tries the What’s Up but Axel hangs on to the ropes and Truth hits the back of his head on the mat. Axel hits Snake Eyes and then finishes Truth off with the Axehole at 7:39. That was another TV-level match that somehow ended up on pay-per-view. It wasn’t even bad, it’s just hard to believe that this is the same belt that Randy Savage fought Ricky Steamboat over.
Rating: **¼

MATCH #4: Divas Championship Match – AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella

AJ has been the Champion since 6.16.13, and this is her fourth defense. She has Tamina Snuka in her corner and Brie has her twin sister Nikki. Brie starts off with a slap to the face and she is all over the Champion. AJ goes to the floor and Tamina protects her. Back in the ring Brie continues to wear AJ down. Brie hits a dropkick from the second rope for a two-count. She ends up on the apron and AJ kicks her knee out, and then throws her into the ring post. Cool spot. Back in the ring AJ gets a two-count. AJ focuses on the arm and works on it for several minutes. Brie catches AJ with a dropkick and that creates some separation. She covers for a two-count, and then unleashes a flurry of offense. Brie looks poised to put AJ away but Tamina attacks Nikki and Brie gets distracted. AJ rolls Brie up for the win at 6:37. That was a nice little Divas match but the finish was pretty weak. Nikki isn’t some helpless dame, Brie should trust her sister to take care of herself.
Rating: **

MATCH #5: Rhodes’ Family Careers in Jeopardy – Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes & Goldust

The Rhodes Brothers have their father Dusty Rhodes in their corner, while the Tag Team Champions Rollins and Reigns have United States Champion Dean Ambrose with them. The titles are not on the line, but if Cody and Goldust win they are reinstated, and if the Shield wins then Dusty loses his job. Cody and Rollins start it off, and the Rhodes brothers are wrestling like they have something to prove and everything on the line. The Shield takes a powder and regroups on the floor. The two teams and their cornermen engage in a standoff on the floor but no punches are thrown. Back in the ring Reigns and Goldust do battle and it’s still Cody and Goldust in control. Rollins fights back with an STO into the corner on Cody, and then Reigns tags in. Reigns beats on Cody for several minutes until the younger Rhodes brother is able to connect with a moonsault. Goldust gets the hot tag and he is moving around the ring like a man half his age. He misses a cross body block and tumbles to the floor. Ambrose talks trash and Goldust barely makes it back to the ring before the 10-count. Rollins covers right away for a two-count. The Shield isolates Goldust and keeps him away from his younger brother. After much abuse Goldust is able to catch Rollins with a powerslam. Cody gets the hot tag and he’s more fired up than I’ve ever seen him. He hits Rollins with a huge Alabama Slam and knocks Reigns off the apron. Cody covers Rollins for a two-count. He hits Rollins with a Muscle Buster and Reigns has to break it up. The referee loses control of the match. Cody hits Reigns with the Disaster Kick and throws him to the floor. He knocks Ambrose off the apron and gets bulldozed from behind by Rollins. Meanwhile, Ambrose and Dusty get into a brawl at ringside, and The American Dream shows Ambrose who’s the boss. The crowd loves it. Goldust takes Reigns out on the floor and Rollins rolls Cody up for two. Seconds later Cody hits Rollins with Cross Rhodes to get the pin at 13:55! The crowd goes absolutely insane as the Rhodes family celebrates. See what happens when you build an actual storyline and give the wrestlers something to fight about and the fans something to care about? You get a great, memorable match like this one. The babyface locker room empties to congratulate the Rhodes family, even further making this seem like a big deal. I love all of this.
Rating: ****

MATCH #6: Kofi Kingston vs. Bray Wyatt

Wyatt has his followers Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in his corner. Kingston is at a severe disadvantage right from the start, but he won’t let that deter him from fighting. He lands a couple of kicks and goes up top but Wyatt knocks him down. Wyatt beats on Kingston with his methodical offense while it sounds like the crowd is trying to chant for Kingston. Every time Kingston tries to put together some offense, Wyatt is able to counter him and keep on the advantage. Finally Kingston is able to hit a crucifix bomb (don’t think I’ve seen that before in WWE), and both men are down. Back to their feet Kingston unleashes his CONTROLLED FRENZY. You know Kofi is a jobber now because Cole won’t even call Controlled Frenzy anymore. Kingston hits the Boom Drop and goes for the Trouble in Paradise. Wyatt avoids it and launches himself at Kingston with ferocity. He does the little crab walk and Kingston looks alarmed. Even so Kingston is able to pull down the top rope and send Wyatt to the flor. Kingston follows with a beautiful tope to take out all three members of the Wyatt Family. Back in the ring Kingston hits a high cross body off the top rope for two. Kingston tries the SOS but Wyatt counters with Sister Abigail to get the win at 8:18. Kofi Kingston is the best Tito Santana since Tito Santana, but his matches lack drama because he never really has a shot at winning. This was a solid showing for Bray Wyatt, but nothing anyone will remember.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: CM Punk vs. Ryback

Paul Heyman is in his client Ryback’s corner. Ryback shows off his power in the early going while the crowd chants for Punk. As soon as Punk starts to fire up Ryback takes a powder. Back in the ring Punk unloads with strikes and Ryback takes another breather. This time Punk follows him out with a suicide dive. Punk tries to leap off the barricade and Ryback catches him, but Punk slips out of that and shoves Ryback into the ring post. Back to the ring Punk hits a cross body from the top rope for two. Ryback cuts him off and starts going to work on the midsection. This goes on for quite some time. Eventually Punk fights back and builds momentum, sending Michael Cole into a Controlled Frenzy. Hey, if Kofi doesn’t get it someone should. Punk signals for the Go 2 Sleep and Heyman gets on the microphone to taunt Punk about how he beat him at Night of Champions, and that allows Ryback to take control. Ryback hits a huge powerbomb for two. He goes for another one but Punk slips out and kicks Ryback in the head. Punk just created some separation, so this is just a stellar match for Cole. Now Punk goes up top and hits Hail to the King for a near-fall. Punk goes for the knee in the corner and Ryback catches him, but Punk counters with a hurricanrana! Another series of reversals ends with Ryback hitting a powerslam for two. Heyman distracts the referee but it backfires when Punk kicks Ryback low and gets the pin at 14:47. Boy that just felt like it went on forever. These two have no chemistry as opponents, and knowing what we know now it’s obvious that Punk was phoning it in.
Rating: *¾

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

The title has been held in abeyance since 9.16.13, and this match is designed to settle the matter. Fans in Buffalo are big fans of Bryan, as fans everywhere seem to be. Bryan and Orton take it to the mat right away, which would seem to favor Bryan. Orton fights back with his striking game as the feeling out process continues. Bryan lands a dropkick and then goes to work on the arm. Orton cuts Bryan off with the Inverted headlock backbreaker. Momentum continues to shift as both men try to find the best strategy to establish dominance. Orton takes the first prolonged advantage, hitting the snap scoop powerslam for two. He keeps Bryan on the mat as much as possible and wears him down. Bryan is able to skin the cat and send Orton to the floor with a headscissors. He follows Orton out with a nice suicide dive. Bryan continues the assualt and tries a missile dropkick going back to the ring, but Orton catches him in a nice powerbomb. Orton cinches on a Boston Crab. Bryan counters to an inside cradle for two, and then goes for the Yes Lock but Orton reaches the ropes and rolls to the floor. Orton avoids a baseball slide and throws Bryan into the steel steps. He uses everything at ringside to beat on Bryan and then throws him back in the ring for a two-count. Orton hits a big superplex just like his daddy to get another near-fall. Both men are hurt and they rise to trade strikes. Bryan gets fired up by the crowd and executes a backslide for two. He drills Orton with a kick to the head for a two-count. They battle on the apron and Orton is able to suplex Bryan all the way to the floor. Orton tries to powerbomb Bryan through the announce table but Bryan slips out and unloads with kicks. Bryan throws Orton into the steel steps. He goes up top and wips Orton out with a huge cross body block. Back in the ring Bryan lands the diving headbutt but it only gets two! Bryan unloads with multiple IEDs right to Orton’s face and the crowd is going banana. He hits more kicks until Orton catches him in an exploder suplex. Orton hits the Rope-hung DDT and goes for the RKO but Bryan avoids it. Bryan tries a kick but Orton ducks and gets a rollup for two, and Bryan counters that into the Yes Lock! For some reason the Big Show’s music hits and he runs down to the ring. Show pulls the referee to the floor and Bryan is pissed. Bryan gets in Show’s face and gets knocked out with a right hand. Show looks distraught. RAW General Manager Brad Maddox brings out disgraced referee Scott Armstrong to count the pin, but Show pulls that referee out too and knocks him out! Show gets in the ring and knocks Orton out as well. No bell but Show’s music hits at about 24:00, and all the wrestlers and referees are knocked out so I guess it’s a no-contest. As usual between Orton and Bryan, the match was tremendous stuff, but that was just about the biggest f*#! you finish they could have booked. All for a stupid Big Show storyline that went nowhere and no one cared about. Excellent match but points definitely deducted for the finish.
Rating: ***¾
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The match card is as follows…

Naomi vs. Cameron

Adam Rose vs. Fandango

WWE Tag Team Championship Two Out of Three Falls Match

The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

WWE Divas Champion

AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal

Bo Dallas vs. Diego vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro vs. Sheamus vs. The Miz vs. Fandango vs. Heath Slater vs. Kofi Kingston vs. R-Truth vs. Xavier Woods vs. The Great Khali vs. Ryback vs. Curtis Axel vs. Zack Ryder vs. Sin Cara vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Big E

Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal-4-Way

John Cena (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Kane vs. Randy Orton

 

WWE Battleground 2014

We open the show with the pre-show panel including Alex Riley, Booker T, Christian, and Renee Young.

Twitter Picture Controversy

Fandango vs. Adam Rose

Adam Rose’s Exotic Express is out here with its two newest members of Layla and Summer Rae.

Fandango charges and throws punches at Rose.  He hits Rose with a back body drop for a two count.  The Express is dancing around the ring and Fandango is distracted but he steadily stomps on Rose.  Fandango steps outside the ring to stop it and receives slaps from Layla and Summer Rae.  Rose comes out, rolls Fandango back in, hits two axe handles, a big spinebuster, a splash in the corner, and hits the Party Foul for three.  Shouldn’t Adam Rose have been disqualified for the slaps?  Anyways…

Winner:  Adam Rose

They show a video package hyping Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose.

The Funkadactyl Collision

Naomi vs. Cameron

The referee tries to split the two up to start the match.  Naomi chases Cameron to the apron, the ref breaks them up, but Cameron takes a cheap shot.  Cameron is yelling a bunch.  Cameron rams Naomi off the apron to the floor.  Cameron rams Naomi into the ring apron and rolls Naomi back in.  Cameron covers for a one.  Cameron locks in a surfboard submission on Naomi.  Cameron breaks it off and whips Naomi who reverses.  Naomi goes for a drop kick and Cameron hangs onto the ropes.  Naomi hits some big blows before hitting a Lou Thesz press.  Cameron goes to leave, but Naomi says NUHUH and clotheslines her from behind.  Naomi rolls Cameron in, but Cameron kicks her away.  Naomi whips Cameron into the rope and grabs Cameron by her hair.  Cameron throws Naomi into the rope and rolls up Naomi for a three count with the tights held. Ugh.

Winner:  Cameron

They hype the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal-4-Way Match.

WWE Tag Team Championship Two Out of Three Falls Match

The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

A little boy is singing ‘He’s got the whole world’ for the Wyatts’ entrance and suddenly they now have generic rock music.

Jey Uso slaps Rowan to start it off. Rowan clotheslines Jey and then pounds on his chest in the corner.  Harper tags in and stomps away on Jey.  Luke whips Jey off the rope and Jey hits a big drop kick.  Both Usos are in the ring and the Wyatts regroup outside.  Luke comes in and muscles Jey into the corner and chops him.  Luke whips Jey and then slides Jey under the rope to the floor.  Luke hits a big suplex and rakes the eyes of Jey.  Rowan comes in and punches Jey in the corner.  Rowan slams Jey down and locks in a headlock of sorts.  Jey fights up, but Rowan elbows him to the face.  He gets a two count.  Luke comes in and delivers a knee to the face of Jey.  Luke does the alligator roll before locking in the side headlock.  Jey and Luke get up but Jey hits back body drop.  Jey tries to tag and does.  Jimmy jumps over Luke, goes off the rope and eats a nasty big boot for a three count!  The Wyatts win the first fall.

Luke charges and splashes Jimmy in the corner.  Rowan hits a big running splash for a two count.  Rowan rakes the eyes of Jimmy before clamping Jimmy’s head in the vice of his fists.  Jey has finally gotten back on the apron.  Jimmy fights up and fights out.  Jimmy hits some big strikes.  He tries to pick up Rowan, but Rowan collapses on top of him for a two count.  Luke comes in and stands on Jimmy.  Luke strikes him hard.  Luke hits a big uppercut and Jimmy slaps him twice as recompense.  Luke rushes him and steps on his head.  Luke goes for a back body suplex, but Jimmy fights out and tags in Jey.  Jey rolls up Luke for a three count.  The Usos win the second fall.

The Wyatts destroy Jey before the ref separates them to start the fall.  Rowan hits a last call suplex.  Luke tags in and catapults Jey’s neck into the bottom rope for a two count.  Jey and Luke exchange blows before Luke wins it and tags in Rowan.  Rowan stomps on Jey.  Rowan whips Jey into the corner, he goes for the charge, but Jey moves.  Luke tags in, but misses the big boot and falls out of the ring.  Jey is trying to get to Jimmy who tags in.  Jimmy jumps over the top rope and takes out Luke.  Rowan charges and gets dumped outside. Jimmy jumps out on him too.  Jimmy jumps on the barrier and splashes Harper.  Back into the ring, Jimmy hits a big splash on Luke in the ring for a two count.  Jimmy hits some big blows before hitting an enzuigiri.  Jimmy goes for the butt to the face splash in the corner.  Luke gets up afterwards and splashes Jimmy in the corner, hits a powerbomb for two.  Jimmy hits the whisper in the wind for a two count.  Jimmy goes for the superkick, but Luke catches it.  Luke hits a running big boot that takes Jimmy over the top rope.  Luke hits a suicide dive through the ropes taking out Jimmy.  Back in the ring, Luke goes for the dive to the outside on Jey, but Jey superkicks him.  Jimmy rolls him up for two!  Luke hits a sitdown powerbomb for two!  Rowan goes for a splash off the top but misses it.  Luke gets crotches on the top rope.  Jey tags in and hits a big splash for a two count!  Jey ascends again, but Luke catches him.  Rowan runs over and they exchange blows.  Rowan pounds on Jimmy and Jey and he SUPERPLEXES both of them!  He covers for two!  Rowan tags in Luke.  Jey comes back in, but is dumped out.  Luke eats a superkick but no-sells it and hits a clothesline for two!  He goes for another one, but its ducked and he eats a double superkick.  A double superkick takes out Rowan.  They hit a huge double splash for a three count!

Winners:  The Usos

They show a video package of Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose.

Seth Rollins is interviewed by Tom.  Seth says he’s smiling because he puts the dagger in Ambrose to finish him off.  He compares Ambrose to a cockroach and he says that he’s going to finally squash him.  Rollins says he’s going to finally answer his question and that it’s not all that he’s got.  He says Ambrose is going to get all that he bargained for tonight.  Rollins says he’s going to be watching that Fatal-4-Way Match.  Ambrose suddenly attacks him and slams his head into some storage crates backstage.  Ambrose asks Seth what is he going to do as security pulls the two men apart.  Triple H asks if Seth Rollins is okay and apparently sent Dean Ambrose out of the arena.

WWE Divas Championship

AJ (c) vs. Paige

The two ladies shake hands to start.  They lock up and Paige clean breaks.  CM Punk chants emerge.  They lock up and AJ clean breaks this time.  Paige strikes down AJ.  AJ rolls up Paige for two and so does Paige for two.  Paige kicks AJ down for two.  Paige hits a big headbutt.  Paige stomps on AJ in the bottom of corner.  Paige hits a big body slam for two.  Paige hits some kneelifts on the apron to AJ.  Paige pins AJ for two.  Paige locks in the side headlock.  Paige whips AJ down to the mat.  She re-applies it.  Now Paige sets up a surfboard on AJ putting her knee into AJ’s back.  Paige yells ‘C’mon AJ!’  Paige hits a big clothesline for two.  Paige is pleading for AJ to c’mon? AJ hits a big swinging DDT and both ladies are down.  The referee is counting them down.  Paige tries to spear AJ through the ropes but they get caught up and force it through. Sigh.  Paige ascends the turnbuckle.  Paige headbutts AJ and hits a flip powerbomb on AJ.  AJ kicks Paige away.  AJ hits big knees to Paige.  AJ jumps off the top rope and Paige catches her.  AJ turns it into the Black Widow submission.  Paige powers out of it.  Paige hits the Page Turner for two!  Paige is still frustrated.  Although not sure at what she is frustrated at.  Paige goes for the PTO.  AJ tries to roll her up, but Paige gets out.  AJ gets up and hits a nasty shining wizard for the three count.

Winner:  AJ

Randy Orton and Kane are backstage.  Orton says he’s wrong about the way he handled it last week.  Orton wants an apology.  Kane says being the Devil’s favorite demon means he doesn’t have to say sorry.  Orton says he’s sure it was an accident and they need to make sure they are on the same page.  Kane says that the winner of the fatal-4-way is standing right here.

Renee Young is at the Kickoff Panel with Booker T, Christian, and Alex Riley.

Tea Party vs. Russia

Rusev vs. Jack Swagger

Lana grabs the mic and tells the audience to shut up which obviously works.  Lana talks about America’s propaganda blaming Russia for the the plane shot down.  Lana says that America should be insulted and ashamed.  Lana says that USA forces their democracy down our throats.  Lana calls Obama a wuss and calls Putin a great leader.  She says tonight Rusev will crush every single one of you.  She says Rusev will crush Jack Swagger.  Zeb says he’s heard enough out of her and she slaps him.

The two men start brawling and Swagger throws Rusev out of the ring.  Swagger says WE THE PEOPLE.  Swagger goes for the ankle lock but Rusev rolls out.  Rusev hits some big strokes and kicks Swagger in the corner.  Rusev hits some headbutts and punches to Swagger’s head.  Swagger fights back with some strikes.  Swagger gets the ankle lock, but Rusev rolls out again.  Swagger comes after Rusev.  Rusev rolls in.  Swagger eats a nasty kneelift and then a fall away slam.  Rusev stomps away on Swagger.  Rusev sets Swagger on the second rope and kicks him in the ribs.  Rusev locks a claw to Swagger’s traps.  Swagger tries to get out of it but to no avail.  The crowd is rallying behind Swagger.  Swagger is powering Rusev’s hand up.  Rusev kicks Swagger in the hamstrings in the corner.  Rusev rakes at the eyes of Swagger and hits an elbow to Swagger’s head.  Swagger gets launched over the top rope.  Rusev smacks him every time he tries to enter.  Swagger jumps on the apron and takes two hits before ducking and taking advantage.  Swagger hits a corner splash and big boot.  Swagger hits a Swagger Bomb for two.  Rusev throws haymakers at Swagger.  Swagger hits a big slam for two.  Swagger eats a boot and Rusev is setting up a superkick.  Swagger locks on the Patriot Lock.  Rusev is in such pain!  Rusev is crawling to the ropes and Swagger pulls him back.  Rusev is crawling and makes it.  Swagger goes outside and chop blocks Rusev.  He then locks on the Patriot Lock on the outside.  Rusev pulls Swagger into the pole knocking out Swagger.  Rusev rolls back in for the countout win.

Winner:  Rusev via Countout

After the match, Rusev locks on The Accolade to add insult to injury.

Stardust is shown backstage and he’s rambling about absurd things like destiny and the cosmos.  He talks about something he can’t touch.  Goldust says he thinks he knows what Cody is talking about.  Stardust says they need to see it for their own eyes.  Stardust says that they’re going to hear the names Goldust and Stardust.

Seth Rollins is out next, but Dean Ambrose is not in the building.

The Shield Implosion

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Rollins grabs the mic and says since his opponent has been kicked out of the arena, he has come out here to accept his forfeit victory.  The referee and announcer oblige.

Winner:  Seth Rollins via Forfeit

Dean Ambrose returns to jump Rollins.  He throws him into the barricade and then over it into the crowd.  Dean is pounding away on Rollins.  Dean keeps pounding away until Rollins throws him back into the ringside area.  Dean flings Rollins onto the Spanish Announce Table that wins.  Dean is pulled away from Rollins, but Dean jumps back on the announce table and rumps onto Rollins.  They are both separated by referees.  Ambrose runs back and jumps him as Triple H is at ringside.  Dean Ambrose is being carried out of here and suddenly Rollins jumps him.  And that happens again.  Dean vanishes from sight and Triple raises Rollins’ arm as the victor.

The Lite-Brite Jacket vs. The Lantern

Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

Bray’s eye still looks really nasty.  They tie up and Bray forces him into the corner only for them to move to a different one and Jericho to clean break away.  They tie up and Bray strikes away on Jericho.  Bray slaps Jericho.  Bray chokes Jericho on the rope.  Jericho starts pounding away on Bray.  Jericho gets some chops in the corner, whips to the other corner, Bray bounces back and hits a big clothesline.  Jericho goes off the ropes and eats a high elbow for two.  Bray tries for a suplex, but Jericho reverses into a Walls of Jericho but is distracted by The Wyatts.  Wyatt knocks him down and pins for two.  Bray Wyatt locks in a chinlock.  Jericho fights up and punches his way out.  Wyatt eats a dropkick.  Jericho hits a springboard dropkick knocking Wyatt off the apron to the floor.  Jericho ascends the top rope and hits a big splash onto all three men.  Jericho is back up and kicks Bray in the ribs.  Jericho rolls him back in but Luke grabs Jericho causing the referee to throw the two men out of the arena.  Bray looks terrified at losing his men.  Jericho is blasted by Bray taking him off the apron onto a cameraman.  Bray stomps away on Jericho by the barrier.  Bray throws Jericho in for a two count.  Bray hits some big strikes.  Bray whips Jericho into the corner and misses with a ram.  Jericho throws to take down Bray with running strikes but is thrown over the top rope to land on the apron.  Jericho hits a big axe handle off the top rope.  Jericho goes for the bulldog, but it is reversed into a spinning gutbuster on Bray’s knee.  Wyatt goes for the running senton, but it is reversed by Jericho.  Jericho hits an enzuigiri for two.  Chris climbs up top again, but Bray strikes him.  Bray climbs up and they exchange blows.  Bray sets up the suplerplex, but Jericho knocks him down.  Bray hits Jericho with a unique jawbreaker with Jericho’s leg draped for two.  Jericho hits a running bulldog and he misses the lionsault due to Bray’s knees.

Bray does the creepy crawl.  Bray hits a big one arm slam for a two count.  Bray asks how much can Chris take?  Bray bounces off one corner and hits a big splash on Jericho.  Bray goes for it again, but Jericho hits him and rolls his head into the bottom turnbuckle.  Chris goes for the springboard kick again, but Bray dodges and slams Jericho on the apron.  Bray pushes him back in for two.  Bray sets up the Sister Abigail, but Jericho rolls him up for the Walls.  They exchange blows as Bray fights out.  Bray hits a big running elbow for two on Jericho.  Jericho surprises Bray Wyatt and hits a codebreaker for three!

Winner:  Chris Jericho

Seth Rollins is walking in the parking lot area with two guards that he tells to leave.  Rollins, however, is suddenly paranoid.  Ambrose jumps out of Rollins’ trunk and pounds away on Rollins.  They are fighting on top of Rollins’ car.  Rollins gets the better of Dean and leaves.  Ambrose is walking around looking pissed.

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal

Curtis Axel vs. Zack Ryder vs. Ryback vs. Big E vs. Titus O’Neil vs. Diego vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Damien Sandow vs. Heath Slater vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz vs. Sheamus vs. Sin Cara vs. Xavier Woods vs. R-Truth vs. The Great Khali vs. Bo Dallas vs. Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Alberto del Rio

Bad News Barrett comes out and says that whoever wins this battle royal has the honor of taking the Intercontinental Championship.  But he has Bad News and that whoever wins will being delaying the inevitable until they meet their demise in the form of a bull hammer from Wade Barrett.

The match starts and they all team up on The Great Khali who is chopping everyone.  They all team up on him again.  Woods is tossed out by Khali and then Ryder follow him.  Sheamus Brogue Kicks Khali and they all team up to eliminate him.  Yeah I’ll report the eliminations.  Sin Cara is eliminated by Bo Dallas.  Ziggler almost gets eliminated by Heath.  R-Truth and then Curtis Axel are eliminated.  Sandow is eliminated by Diego.  Diego is then dropped over the rope by Ryback.  Ryback and Sheamus are standing tall in the ring.  They trade blows.  Sheamus kicks Ryback in the leaning postion.  Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick eliminating Ryback.  Miz tries to take advantage, but Sheamus reverses.  Miz falls under the rope to the floor and he’s going to play opossum.  Titus just hit a couple of backbreakers on Sheamus before throwing him across the ring.  Bo takes advantage and eliminates Titus.  Bo is then chopped down.  Cesaro and Kofi do some elimination teases before coming back in.  Del Rio locks in the armbreaker on the top rope on Dolph.  Dolph reverses a superkick from ADR to eliminated him with a DDT.  Miz comes in to try to eliminate Dolph.  Sheamus slams him and Miz falls outside of the ring through the ropes.  Kofi leaps off the apron onto Big E’s shoulders.  Cesaro suplexes Kofi back into the ring.  Cesaro then suplexes Kofi out of the ring.  Cesaro is then eliminated by Heath Slater!  Sheamus then eliminates Heath with a Brogue Kick.  Bo tries to eliminate Sheamus but gets set up in the 10 clubbing blows.  Dolph drop kicks Bo after to eliminate him.  Sheamus and Dolph are now the ‘last two.’  They battle back and forth.  Sheamus goes for a powerbomb, but Dolph tries for a flip over and it lands awkwardly.  Sheamus tries to catapult Dolph, but Dolph catches the rope.  He lays on the apron and Sheamus helps him up.  He pounds away and Dolph is barely there.  Sheamus comes for a strike, but Dolph slides under.  He almost eliminates Sheamus and then Sheamus goes for the flying shoulderblock and Dolph dropkicks him off the apron!  Miz runs back in and eliminates Dolph for the win. Groan.

Winner:  The Miz

WWE World Heavyweight Championship

John Cena (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane vs. Roman Reigns

Well my connection gets cut for a few minutes and I miss the entrance and beginning of the match.  John Cena suplexes Orton and tries for a pin but Kane and Orton are stopping that.  Kane slams Reigns’ head into the post outside.  Cena hits a bulldog on Orton.  Kane knocks down Cena and Orton tries for a pin.  Only a two count and now Orton and Kane are exchanging blows on Cena.  Orton stomps on Cena’s arm.  Cena goes for a Attitude Adjustment, but Kane interrupts it.  Kane hits an elbow on Cena to knock him down.  Orton stomps on Cena’s abdomen.  Kane knocks out Reigns who is on the outside.  Reigns comes back alive and slams Kane’s head into the post.  Cena sets up the Five Moves of DOOOOOOM.  Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle.  Orton grabs the top rope to escape the AA.  Cena and Reigns are in the ring, but they are jumped by Orton and Kane before anything can happen.  Kane hits his running DDT on Reigns for two.  Orton comes in and yells at Kane for trying to get the win.  Orton pushes Kane and Kane looks pissed.  Kane throat thrusts Orton.  Kane sets Orton up on the top rope.  Cena and Reigns attack them and we get a double powerbomb superplex off the top rope.  Cena and Reigns square off and Kane sits up.  They stomp away on Kane.  Orton hits a backbreaker on Roman and Orton sets up the drapped DDT and hits both Roman and Cena with it.  Orton pins Reigns and Kane breaks it up.  Kane throat thrusts Orton and then hits a big boot but it’s broken up by Roman.  Reigns hits a Samoan Drop for two as Orton interferes.  Orton and Roman are exchanging blows.  Orton rolls him up and locks in a single-leg Boston Crab.  Roman powers out and locks in one of his own.  And the Network lags with Reigns holding in his submission…

Well John Cena comes in and wins the match.  My feed never came back on WWE Network.

Winner:  John Cena

That’s all folks! No Brock Lesnar tonight!

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Rasslin’ Roundtable – WWE Battleground 2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/19/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-battleground-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/19/rasslin-roundtable-wwe-battleground-2014/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:32:29 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168196 Welcome to the Rasslin’ Roundtable for WWE Battleground!  I am your always faithful master of ceremonies, Rhett Davis, and today we dissect what will happen this Sunday at WWE Battleground.  Now without further ado…

 

Rasslin’ Roundtable

WWE Battleground

 

Match One

WWE Battleground Pre-Show Match
Naomi vs. Cameron

 

Steven Berkman:  Naomi via ass to the face and terrible Final Cut because they’re pushing her hard and because Cameron can’t execute a wrestling move.

Winner:  Naomi

Chris Sanders: The only good thing about this is that they’re breaking up and we’ll get more Naomi singles matches. The bad thing about this is that we’ll get more Cameron singles matches. I like Naomi and all but that’s bad enough to set an entire village on fire. There’s a part of me that kinda wants Cameron vs Eva Marie to happen just because I’m curious just how bad it would be.

Winner: Naomi

Sideshowbob:  Who wins? The guy handing out mints and towels in the shutter at the titty-bar. Guaranteed that fucker is gonna make cash money during this. Whichever is the face..
Winner:  Naomi

Rhett Davis:  The Funkadactyls collide!  I’m glad this duo is finally breaking up as they had definitely run their course and one is vastly more talented than the other.  I’m still in amazement at how Cameron got a job in WWE after saying her favorite match of all time was Melina vs. Alicia Fox.  You know that had to have been a running joke in the backstage area after she came in as a dancer.  Anyways, Naomi wins or I lose all hope in there ever being a decent Diva’s division.

Winner:  Naomi

The Tally:  Naomi – 4

Cameron – 0

 

Match Two

Teaparty vs. Russia (Who’s the face, really?)
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev

 

Steven Berkman:  Rusev wins, but Swagger shines.  No excuse to beat Rusev right now, because then he just becomes “another guy”.  After the plane tragedy this week, expect the Putin bit with Lana to be cut and them possibly go back to Rusev being Bulgarian with no mention of “Russia” spoken aloud.  Zeb and Lana will be hilarious at ringside.

Winner:  Rusev

Chris Sanders: It feels wrong to be this conflicted over who is going to win this match. Normally there’s no way that I would even consider Swagzilla but dat pop doe. Shame on me for underestimating Zeb and assuming he could only ever work as a heel. WWE will probably have this be the most contested Rusev match to date but I don’t see Swagguar being the one that ends Rusev’s streak. Let’s face it, Rusev is gonna beat everyone and everything until John Cena stops him dead and then he’ll become a comedic character the rest of his WWE career.

Winner: Rusev

Sideshowbob:  Jack Swagger gets fed so Super Cena can stop Rusevs onslaught is the typical pattern.. but given world events.. just like the middle eastern guy whose racial gimmick tanked due to real world timing, I’ll actually say Swagger here..

Winner:  Jack Swagger

Rhett Davis:  How weird is it to see Jack Swagger receiving cheers?  Or weirder yet is that the Tea Party supporters are getting cheers.  Either way, Zeb Colter is a genius and Jack Swagger has played his part well.  Rusev, however, is a monster that won’t easily be defeated by Jack Swagger.  Rusev will win this in a close match-up.

Winner:  Rusev

The Tally:  Rusev – 3

Jack Swagger – 1

 

Match Three

WWE Divas Championship
AJ Lee (c) vs. Paige

 

Steven Berkman:  Freakin A yeah.  Paige either completes the pending heel turn and “cheats” AJ out of her precious title or AJ gets a clean babyface win over the Brit.  Whoever gets their submission on first will lose, since the other one will answer with their own.  This will be very good and the commentary team will treat it like a joke.

Winner:  AJ

Chris Sanders: I’m just happy that this is happening again and might even get decent time.

Winner: AJ

Sideshowbob:  AJ defends without interference from her husband.

Winner:  AJ

Rhett Davis:  This should be a fun match-up if given the time, but I see this going between Bray/Jericho and the fatal-4-way match.  It’ll be given something like eight or ten minutes, but I’d like to see what these two ladies are made of considering they are revered as the top two in the WWE.  All that being said, I see Paige getting rolled up in the end by her ‘frenemy.’

Winner:  AJ

The Tally:  AJ – 4

Paige – 0

 

Match Four

The Shield Break-Up, ‪#‎TeamSeth vs. ‪#‎TeamDean
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

 

Steven Berkman:  The bit here seems to be both guys hurt going in – Dean from the beatdown and Seth from the “leg injury” from Raw.  If you want Ambrose to be a guy at the level of his former SHIELDmates, he needs this win.  Rollins has been getting wins or near wins since joining the Authority and is being presented as a huge star and “the future”, although he’s bound to either lose his MITB cash in or maybe even the briefcase itself.  Figure Ambrose to do his signature “shoulder pop” bit during the match, pop that puppy back in and hit Dirty Deeds to win.  Or Kane scums him out.

Winner:  Dean Ambrose

Chris Sanders: Dean Ambrose has been getting his face kicked in pretty much all week. The John Cena Principle tells us that when this happens, it is almost a sure thing that the kickee will finally prevail over the kicker. However, Dean Ambrose is not John Cena (I will pause here to allow you to rejoice) and Seth has a lot of shenanigans in his corner but I still feel it’s about time for Dean to gain the upper hand.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

Sideshowbob:  Dean vs Mechagodzilla – Dean wins barely.

Winner:  Dean Ambrose
Rhett Davis:  This is an interesting match, but I wonder how much the injury will take effect in this.  It wouldn’t do anything for Dean to have an injury to use as an excuse but it would be an ‘easy-out’ for Seth who is the heel here.  I say Dean wins this in a great match.

Winner:  Dean Ambrose

The Tally:  Dean Ambrose – 4

Seth Rollins – 0

 

Match Five

WWE Tag Team Championship Two out of Three Falls Match
The Usos (c) vs. The Wyatt Family

 

Steven Berkman:  This is 2/3 falls for some reason.  I mean, wrestling three times a week isn’t enough, let’s do three times in a night, right?  I guess if the Wyatts win, Bray can say he’s a step closer to his power and absolution or whatever crapspackle he spouted before Money in the Bank.  He never wanted a title before, now they give him power.  As long as I get to see a TON of Luke Harper being awesome, I’ll be satisfied.  Expect a Young Bucks-level of super kicks (To chins and guts) from the Usos and Harper.  Rowan will bodyslam people.  I have to pick, so Wyatts, as I expect Bray to win too…

Winners:  The Wyatt Family

Chris Sanders: Honestly had no idea that this was a 2 out of 3 falls match. Should be fun to watch but we are getting this match a lot and I think I’m just ready to see different matches. I don’t really have much else to add here so I’m gonna do this again. To prove that you’re actually reading all over this, post the following in the comments section: “Sanders is easily the best writer on this site or any other and don’t even get me started on Classy Ring Attire (which is a podcast you can subscribe to on iTunes NOW). Joel thinks he will gain people’s hearts by having his lovely girlfriend on the podcast during Chris’ vacation but NO, Chris is the only master of our hearts and emotions because he is the true driving force of Classy Ring Attire. Let us all follow @CRAttire on twitter and let our voices be heard on this issue. We shall start the #SandersMovement by rating CRA on iTunes and expressing our love for Sanders in the review section. Valar Morghulis, Joel. Blair is a knob.”

Winner: The Wyatts

Sideshowbob:  Time for the Wyatts to cash in finally.

Winners:  The Wyatt Family
Rhett Davis:  Yawn.  This has been going on for awhile and it would be okay if there was actually a storyline progression, but there hasn’t been one.  The Wyatts are creepy, the Wyatts are dirty, the Wyatts don’t play by the rules and The Usos are fun.  That’s literally all that this storyline has been about.  The Wyatt Family wins this one to finally end this feud.  Wyatts win fall one, Usos win fall two big, and seem to be in control for the third one before eventually losing it.

Winners (and NEW WWE Tag Team Champions):  The Wyatt Family

The Tally:  The Wyatt Family – 4

The Usos – 0

 

Match Six

Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal
Sheamus vs. Bo Dallas vs. Diego vs. Kofi Kingston vs. The Great Khali vs. Cesaro vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel vs. Ryback vs. Big E vs. Fandango vs. Alberto del Rio vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Zack Ryder vs. Titus O’Neil vs. The Miz vs. R-Truth vs. Xavier Woods vs. Sin Cara vs. Heath Slater

 

Steven Berkman:  Cesaro or Miz because everyone else in this is a goof or has been ruined or is Dolph Ziggler who is cursed to look great and fail.  Miz because he’s feuding with Sheamus and maybe they can unify these unnecessary belts at SummerSlam and Cesaro because HES CESARO.

Winner:  The Miz (Second choice being Cesaro)

Chris Sanders: It’s tempting to pick Cesaro but I think WWE is probably going to go with a feud that’s already happening right now.

Winner: That ramen-haired guy that Joel has a crush on (Ziggler). Back-up choice for no extra points: Fandango

Sideshowbob:  Fuck it.. Bo Dallas just cuz it will piss people off even more
Winner:  Bo Dallas

Rhett Davis:  Hmm I’ll go ahead and say that Diego isn’t winning this one.  I’d say the only ones who really have a shot in winning this one are Cesaro, Sheamus, Miz, Bo, Del Rio, RVD, or (as a stretch) Dolph Ziggler.  Although I think whoever wins this (if not Sheamus), will go on to feud with Sheamus at SummerSlam to unite the belts.  I’ll rest my hat on Cesaro winning this to go on to unite the titles at SummerSlam.

Winner (and NEW Intercontinental Championship):  Cesaro

The Tally:  The Miz – 1

Dolph Ziggler – 1

Bo Dallas – 1

Cesaro – 1

 

Match Seven

The Lite-Brite Jacket vs. The Lantern
Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt

 

Steven Berkman:  Jericho’s part time job is to come back, be awesome, get pops and put over talent.  He does it better than anyone in WWE does their job.  Bray Wyatt wins here, pretty decidedly, unless the program continues to Summerslam.

Winner:  Bray Wyatt

Chris Sanders: On one hand having Bray win might be the best way to continue the feud into Summer Slam (that’s right, it’s that time of year where I take a stand on this PPV being two words) but then there’s my desire to see Jericho actually win a PPV match seeing as how he probably hasn’t done that in a few years (I’m probably wrong but you get the idea).

Winner: Bray Wyatt

Sideshowbob:  Bray beats Jericho. Maybe Jericho starts to grow the evil beard as a result. Or does the evil beard grow Jericho? Food for thought…

Winner:  Bray Wyatt
Rhett Davis:  This should be a great match as this card is looking better and better as far as match quality is concerned.  As for who wins, I think Chris Jericho actually comes out of this the victor only for this feud to continue into SummerSlam.  Jericho wins, Bray comes out Monday night and gets violent again.  No more singing, hopefully.

Winner:  Chris Jericho

The Tally:  Bray Wyatt – 3

Chris Jericho – 1

 

Match Eight

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Fatal Four Way Match
John Cena (c) vs. Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton vs. Kane

 

Steven Berkman:  Cena, because we all know that they’re building to Brock taking the straps off him after seeing Heyman offer to be Plan C on Raw.  Reigns will hit all his signature spots four times each but get eliminated by bullcrap means because in WWE if you ever lose once to anyone for any reason you’re ruined and weak and…yeah.  Cena hits AA on Kane at the end, just because Orton is too predictable.

Winner:  John Cena

Chris Sanders: This would be obvious even if a Summer Slam promo hadn’t’ve (double contraction, bitches) spoiled it last week.

Winner: That square-headed square, John Cena

Sideshowbob:  Reigns wins, Cena loses by Brock smash, Brock smash Reigns, Rollins cashes in… Ambrose tries to stop and rock smash Ambrose, Cena chases off Brock Smash and then Bocksmash gets angry and kicks the shit out of Cena while shield brawls… end show
Winner:  Roman Reigns

Rhett Davis:  C’mon. John Cena wins here after a pretty good and fast-paced matchup.  No need to discuss this further.

Winner (and STILL WWE World Heavyweight Champion):  John Cena

The Tally:  John Cena – 3

Roman Reigns – 1

 

Well thanks for joining us and be sure to keep it tuned in here for the live results of the show on Sunday!
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My Thoughts: WWE RAW 7.14.14 (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/14/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-7-14-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-randy-orton-seth-rollins/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/14/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-7-14-14-john-cena-roman-reigns-randy-orton-seth-rollins/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:14:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168155 WWE Raw Header - 2014

 

#1~ I should have know that tonight’s main event was too good to be true. The first segment started out nicely with Roman Reigns calling out Cena’s “rah-rah leads to serious mode” promo, something no babyface has done in a long time. Then Dean Ambrose interrupts both of them with another strong promo before being destroyed by Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins with Rollins Curb Stopping Ambrose’s head onto a wooden cart for the killshot. While I absolutely would prefer the main event to air as scheduled, this segment did more for Ambrose than most people probably realized. Ambrose was attacked by future Hall Of Famers Kane & Orton and the current “Triple H-project”, Seth Rollins. Not only did it take a lot to put him down but he even kept his anti-authority snark with the “Is that all you got?” quip before the Curb Stomp.

#2~ So what now? Are Layla and Summer Rae “LayCool” with a bit of the “Extreme Expose” thrown in? As long as they don’t turn Dolph Ziggler into a 2014-version of Shawn “Meat” Stasiak, then whatever. It’s hard to make these two women anymore irrelevant.

#3~ First a beatdown on Dean Ambrose and then a sneak attack beatdown on the Usos? Did the Creative Team forget every other tactic on how to get heat on the heels leading into a big match against the babyfaces at the pay-per-view?

#4~ The Russia/USA segment was complete crap until Jack Swagger took down Rusev and sent him limping to the locker room. Honestly, I had some high hopes for a Swagger babyface turn but it also began when American pride was at a yearly pride. Not only was it close to July 4th but it was also riding high on the incredible ride the US National Soccer Team were riding in the World Cup. Now people just want to see Rusev lose a one-on-one match instead of REALLY getting behind Swagger.

#5~ Awesome promo for Sting in WWE 2K15 & one that is sure to sell a ton of pre-orders for the game. Of course this was probably the WORST time to pipe the live crowds reaction to the promo. Obviously the crowd was insanely hot for the Sting reveal but they didn’t have Michael Cole’s lead in selling the WWE 2k15 pre-order and they completely turned on the video package. That video package actually had more heat than The Miz did!

#6~ Did I just hear the crowd chanting “Boring” during Bray Wyatt’s promo?! I can’t remember the last time that happened – if EVER! I’m not sure if Chris Jericho is that over in Richmond, VA or if people were actually bored by the less than stellar segment. Either way that was an unexpected twist.

#7~ Cesaro loses again – both the match and no Paul Heyman. I don’t know what’s going on with Heyman but this losing streak is starting to convince me that Cesaro will walk out of Battleground with the Intercontinental Champion. Maybe he’ll start to regain some of the steam he had following WrestleMania 30 & his Andre the Giant battle royal win.

#8~ Is it just me shouldn’t the main event have a lot more time than 15 minutes? Sure it wasn’t anything special but with all of your top players in the same ring, you should at least give the audience something to look forward to. We knew we’d see Reigns spear Cena at some point but before that the match ends in a DQ finish?! Come on. A very subpar RAW, especially since this was the go-home show for Battleground. Just a rough night all around.
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results For 7/14/14: The Final Build For Battleground http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/14/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-71414-the-final-build-for-battleground/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/14/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-71414-the-final-build-for-battleground/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:35:14 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168135 It’s the last RAW before Battleground. Already announced is a main event six man tag featuring John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins. And what will happen with Sting, who sent out a tweet last week that read “7.14.14.” Will it just be a video game ad? Or will Sting appear live? Follow along to find out.

The Authority Found The Ambrose Bat Cave

John Cena started the show. Cena said they are six days away from Battleground and to sign up for the WWE Network right now. Cena talked about the main event of Battleground when Roman Reigns interrupted. Cena rambled on about Reigns but Reigns told him to get to the point. Cena suggested taking out The Authority and then getting to Battleground, and said then they could see if Reigns is as good as he thinks he is. Reigns said they should do that, to see if Cena is as good as he really is. Dean Ambrose appeared on screen. He said they needed to stop their testosterone filled arguments and worry about kicking The Authority’s ass tonight. As Ambrose talked, Kane, Orton and Rollins appeared behind him. All three men beat him down. Kane chokeslammed Ambrose on some crates. Ambrose asked if that was all they got. Rollins then hit the Curb Stomp on the crates.

The One Time Sheamus Loses, To This Guy?

Miz vs Sheamus. Miz talked about entering the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal. And a picture of him will also be on the titantron the whole match. Sheamus took down Miz a couple times then bailed to the outside. Miz reversed Sheamus on the outside and tossed him into the barricade. Back in the ring Miz hit an axe handle off the top. Sheamus reversed Miz in the corner and then hit a rolling senton as Miz bailed to the outside into commercial.

Back from break Miz kicked the leg of Sheamus and knocked him off the steps. Miz worked over the leg of Sheamus. He went to kick Sheamus but Sheamus blocked it and started his comeback. Sheamus hit the Beats of the Bowery follwed by a bulldog for two. Sheamus went to the top but Miz knocked him off and hit a DDT for two. Miz went for the Figure Four but Sheamus blocked it then followed up with the Irish Curse backbreaker for two. Sheamus went for a Brouge Kick, but Miz ducked. Sheamus got caught in the ropes and Miz rolled him up to pick up the win.

WINNER: Miz

Kane and Orton argued backstage about who would win Sunday. HHH came in and said they need to trust each other Sunday and tonight, so the WWE Title can come back to The Authority. Steph came in and said she loves how HHH handles himself in these situations, and then they made out.

Dolph Ziggler vs Fandango. Ziggler started with a hip toss. He went for a dropkick but Fandango grabbed the ropes. Fandango gained the upper hand until Summer Rae and Layla appeared on the announce table and started dancing. The distraction eventually allowed Ziggler to hit the ZigZag on Fandango to pick up the win. After the match they both came in the ring and kissed Ziggler on the cheek.

Damien Sandow did a Sonic plug dressed as a Sonic employee. Adam Rose came and took his hot dog. Yeah, not worth getting into more detail.

The Usos made their way to the ring. But Erik Rowan and Luke Harper attacked them. The Wyatts hit their finisher on one of The Usos in the ring. Michael Cole said the two teams would face off in a Best Two out of Three Falls match at Battleground.

If I Can Change, You Can Change, EVERYBODY CAN CHANGE

Lana/Rusev and Jack Swagger/Zeb Colter were in the ring for a detente. Lana said Zeb and America are the same. They use violence to solve their problems. They want to be saviors but they can’t save themselves. Lana called America stupid. The crowd chanted “USA” as Lana screamed at them to shut up. Lana said America is so stupid that after they won their freedom from England they decided to fight each other in a civil war like savages. Lana said America needs to apologize for their mistakes.

Zeb was furious. He said years ago he laid in the mud with bullets flying over his head and he didn’t do it to have them come here and apologize. Zeb said his answer was not “No, but HELL NO!” Lana said his arrogance is the reason the USA is crumbling to pieces. She said the only man that could save them is Vladimir Putin. Zeb said Putin is ugly, and they have a President they elect every 4 years. Zeb then asked Rusev when he was going to step out from behind Lana and accept Swagger’s challenge at Battleground. Rusev said this was war and accepted. Zeb said before they get to Sunday he wanted Lana to teach Rusev three words: We the People. Lana slapped Zeb but then Swagger attacked Rusev. Lana pulled Swagger off and Rusev got the upper hand. Rusev went for his super kick but Swagger caught it and applied the Patriot Lock. Rusev was finally able to escape when he got to the ropes.

This Was A World Title Match Less Than A Year Ago

Rob Van Dam vs Alberto del Rio. Del Rio landed some elbows but RVD recovered and catapulted Del Rio then clotheslined him to the outside. RVD went for a dive over the ropes but Del Rio pulled the ring apron out and RVD got stuck in it. Del Rio landed a kick to the head. Del Rio regained the upper hand in the ring and landed an enziguri kick in the corner. Del Rio missed a kick to the head and RVD started his comeback with a hurricarrana followed by Rolling Thunder. Del Rio moved out of the way of a thrust kick but RVD came back with a spinning heel kick. RVD went for the Five Star Frog Splash but Del Rio got his knees up, then applied the cross armbreaker. RVD tapped out.

WINNER: Alberto del Rio

The WWE aired a promo for the CM Punk DVD documentary airing tomorrow night on the Network.

Nikki Bella came out for a match. Steph appeared on stage and talked about her sister quitting on her and abandoning her job for Daniel Bryan. Cameron and Alicia Fox came out to take on Nikki. Fox and Cameron won. At least Cameron got to team with one of her idols, Alicia Fox.

A WWE2K15 promo aired announcing Sting as a downloadable character this year.

Backstage Orton told HHH that Kane is just a pawn and that Orton is the man they want as Champion.

Please Tell Me Cesaro Isn’t The Next Curtis Axel

Cesaro vs Big E. No Paul Heyman with Cesaro. Big E grabbed a charging Cesaro and slammed him down. Big E tossed Cesaro to the outside. Big E charged at Cesaro on the outside but Cesaro dropped Big E on the barricade. Big E went for a press slam in the ring but Cesaro escaped and hit a clothesline. Big E escaped a headlock by backing him into the corner. Big E hit a couple of belly-to-bellies followed by a big splash. Cesaro went to the outside then dropped Big E’s neck on the ropes. Cesaro threw a chair at Kofi on the ramp then went to use a chair in the ring, but Kofi took it away. Big E then hit the Big Ending for the win.

WINNER: Big E

Chris Jericho came out. He said the WWE is home and he’s seen it all. He went through a long list of things he’s seen and done, including getting knocked out by Bob Barker. Jericho looked in the camera and said he would still fight Barker anytime anywhere. Jericho also said he was a musical chairs champion. Jericho then went on to Bray Wyatt. He said he doesn’t know why Bray is targeting him but said they also have a lot in common. Bray appeared on screen. He asked where Jericho was when we needed him. Bray brought up Jericho supposedly saving us but never doing it. The lights went out and Rowan and Harper appeared in the ring. Jericho escaped up the ramp, only for Bray to attack him and hit Sister Abigail.

AJ beat Eva Marie. After the match, AJ sat on the announce table where Paige was on commentary. Paige congratulated AJ and said her hair was nice today. AJ said the same and that Paige looked to be in good shape. Then she left.

Bo Dallas beat Great Khali via countout when Bo hit the running bo-dog on Khali outside the ring.

Backstage, Seth Rollins talked about him being Plan B. Paul Heyman came in and told Steph and HHH that he likes Plan B, but he has a Plan C if needed.

Ric Flair came out. He picked John Cena to win the Fatal 4 Way Sunday after he hit on Renee Young for a little bit. Roman Reigns came out and shook Flair’s hand before he left.

Standard Go Home Show Booking

Main Event time. No Ambrose. Cena took down Rollins with a quick shoulder tackle. Orton got the tag in. Orton ate an elbow then tagged in Kane. Kane knocked Cena down then Reigns tagged himself in. Both men exchanged right hands then Kane caught Reigns with a knee. Reigns countered with a headbutt then some corner punches. Reigns dropped Kane’s head on the ropes then hit a punch off the top. Reigns knocked Orton off the apron but Kane came back with a clothesline.

Back from break Cena got the hot tag from Reigns but Orton eventually took him out with a neckbreaker. Cena came back with a dropkick but Orton followed with a backbreaker. Kane came in but Cena went for a quick AA, but Cena couldn’t lift Kane’s weight and Kane fell on Cena’s back. Rollins came in and tried to hit the Three Amigos but Cena blocked the third one. Reigns got the hot tag. Reigns hit the dropkick on Orton then the Superman Punch on Kane. Reigns clotheslined Rollins over the top and it looked like Rollins might have legit hurt his knee.

Orton and Kane started to beatdown Reigns so the ref called for the bell. Cena tried making the save but was thwarted. Kane held Cena. Orton moved out of the way of Reigns and Kane threw Cena into Reigns who hit a Spear. Kane chokeslammed Reigns. Orton then hit the RKO on Kane. As Orton’s music played and he posed on the apron, Reigns came in and hit a Spear on Orton to stand tall to close the show.

WHAT I LIKED

Rusev/Lana & Swagger/Zeb: I like this feud for a couple reasons. One is that it finally turned Zeb and Swagger face. Their gimmick wasn’t working as heels and they found the perfect opponent to make them face. (Though I still maintain Swagger would’ve been a great face had he turned on Michael Cole post-Wrestlemania 27.) Another reason I like this feud is because it is just a simple wrestling storyline that works. The American vs The Foreigner. Plus you have two people in Zeb and Lana who can talk on the mic and make the program work. Now its up to Swagger and Rusev to carry their end of the feud in the ring.

Summer Rae and Layla Dancing: I’m struggling for things to put here. It’s better than Eva Marie wrestling.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Main Event: I thought the end of the show kind of fell flat. The match was okay. But nothing in the main event stood out and made me want to watch Battleground Sunday. It wasn’t a good final hook for the viewers. Battleground actually seems like more of an inconvenience for the WWE. Instead if holding of on Bray/Jericho, AJ/Paige and Ambrose/Rollins til SummerSlam, they have to do these matches here to justify Battleground on the Network. Another case of having too many PPVs.

Miz Over Sheamus: First let me say that I like Sheamus as a wrestler in the ring. But all the opportunities the WWE had to put people over Sheamus in the past and they didn’t. But they let Miz beat Sheamus on RAW? That just doesn’t make any sense to me. Did Miz need the win? People cared about The Miz three years ago but not anymore. I can think back to all the times Bad News Barrett or Cesaro could have gotten a clean win over Sheamus and didn’t. But Miz?

Alberto del Rio vs Rob Van Dam: If the WWE was serious about cutting money, they might want to look at cutting these two contracts. I mean, what have these two done in the last few months to justify their spots? And this is coming from someone who likes Rob Van Dam. But when you have a three hour RAW and two hour Smackdown you need filler matches like this. Nothing we haven’t seen from these two before.

No Heyman With Cesaro: In my WWE Mid-Year Awards column I called Heyman’s Pairing with Cesaro the biggest disappointment of the mid-year. But I was at least expecting some explanation or storyline when these two split. Instead, nothing. Now maybe something will happen from it. But just throwing Cesaro out there with no explanation for the viewing audience is dumb if you ask me. Hopefully the WWE hasn’t cooled on Cesaro.

I wasn’t a fan of this show at all. Nothing worthwhile and you could have honestly skipped it and still be prepared for Battleground Sunday. Show gets a 2 from me.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview for Monday 07.14.2014 – Battleground Go Home Show Featuring John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/13/wwe-monday-night-raw-preview-for-monday-07-14-2014-battleground-go-home-show-featuring-john-cena-roman-reigns-and-dean-ambrose-vs-randy-orton-kane-and-seth-rollins/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/13/wwe-monday-night-raw-preview-for-monday-07-14-2014-battleground-go-home-show-featuring-john-cena-roman-reigns-and-dean-ambrose-vs-randy-orton-kane-and-seth-rollins/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:39:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168123 WWE Monday Night Raw Preview for Monday 7/14/14 – it’s the Battleground go home episode of Raw featuring John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton, Kane and Seth Rollins … and more!

–Who else will join the Intercontinental Championship Battle Royal?

–The Authority returns to Raw and books a huge six-man tag match for the main event where their chosen ones of Orton, Kane and Rollins take on Cena, Reigns and Ambrose.

–Now that Summer Rae and Layla ganged up on Fandango, where does that leave all three moving forward?

–Is Bray Wyatt in Chris Jericho’s head?

–Will Roman Reigns rule the WWE after Battleground is over?

All this and more on Raw … Monday night!
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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for July 11th 2014: “For The First Time Ever…” http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/12/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-july-11th-2014-for-the-first-time-ever/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/07/12/spains-wwe-smackdown-report-and-results-for-july-11th-2014-for-the-first-time-ever/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:34:24 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=168113 Good evening, WWE fans; it’s Friday night and we’re all here for the same reason. Well, I’m here because I got offered a position to write about SmackDown and consider myself professional enough to actually do so; I don’t know you guys’ deals are. It has been a long day full of coffee, shopping and writing a modern-day adaptation of 120 Days of Sodom set in a small café, so I’m quite looking forward to sitting back and watching some wrestling.

Recap from last week of the Cena/Rollins match. I found their singles match from late December far superior, but then that was a straight match and this is all mixed up with story. Speaking of mixed up with story, does anyone over the age of eleven believe that Roman Reigns is walking out of Battleground with the belt? Seriously, I think WWE has found some form of reverse-foreshadowing; it’s like how you know that there won’t be a Money in the Bank cash-in if the commentators allude to it. Weeks of dominance = loss at the PPV.

Wow, starting our show tonight are Lana and Rusev. Aw, he holds the ropes open for her, and not even in that creepy way that Scott Steiner used to. Lana gets on the mic, and I think she’s implying that Roman Reigns is impotent. Fighting fucking words, Lana, and I’m not at all surprised that this brings Roman out; you don’t say that a man’s swimmers don’t swim. Roman gets chants, and he says he’s sure that Lana would love to stare at him all night. So, for those keeping score at home, Roman now drugs and harasses women at his place of work. He says that he’s a businessman, so this is all clearly building up to him being the WWE’s Patrick Bateman. He says that this is his ring, even though the WWE probably owns it, and laughs at the idea that a mid-carder has a chance against a man allowed to say ‘bitch’ on RAW. Lana clearly thinks that Roman is James Bond, because she’s spouting every 80’s action movie Russian line she’s got, and Reigns decides that he says when the main event happens, and it’s going to be now. Wow, he really doesn’t know what his job is.

Oh, here’s Charles Robinson, telling us all we can’t have fun ever and we’ll have to wait. What is this, tantric wrestling? Lana agrees with her fellow petite blonde, and the husky not-actually-a-Ruski leaves the ring. Meanwhile, Roman begins plotting to either poison or inappropriately proposition Charles Robinson, which is his go-to response to everything.

Oh Yay, Another Double Divas Match PPV

Cameron is already in the ring, checking herself out in a mirror. Seriously, she’s about to fight someone for money; in what world does that matter? Paige and AJ will be going up against each other at Battleground in a match which will hopefully be of, you know, match length. Hell, throw Natalya into this thing next time around and let all of the other Divas get on with their TV show.

Bell rings, but Cameron wants AJ to wait so she can apply lip balm; okay, I do do that before I fight. She then jumps on top of AJ and starts doing random can’t-really-wrestle offence. She tries to apply lip balm to the Divas Champion, which should probably constitute use of a foreign object, but like the referee is paying any attention at all. JBL actually raises that same point; look at me, thinking like a millionaire. Cameron holds AJ’s arms in a submission, until AJ rolls her up for a two-count and eats a dropkick. Who does she think she is: Paige? Cameron keeps shoving AJ, who basically Hulks Up, hitting a running clothesline and a neckbreaker. Skippety skip around the ring, then AJ hits a spinning kick for another two-count. Cameron makes herself scarce, backing away from the ring, and Natalya throws her back in the ring. The referee doesn’t call for the DQ, because literally fuck everything, I guess? AJ rolls her up; Cameron rolls through and takes a Shining Wizard to the mush for the three.

None too bad, although I’m surprised that Cameron was in control for so much. Seriously; do Divas Champions take a while to get going during a match? Nice to see AJ back in action, and looking forward to her match proper with Paige. 2 Stars.

Here’s Renee Young, who asks Randy Orton about Kane hating him. Orton says he doesn’t care about what Kane says: only what he does. He says he’s walking out of Battleground with the championship, and calls himself ‘the Legendkiller’ as he goes out to face Jericho. Oh, I remember: back when Orton was in any way sort of interesting.

 Adam Rose Is The Drug Habits Of Every WWE Employee From The 90′s In One Body

Here’s the sleaziest male dancer in WWE, with the radiant Layla in tow. And following Fandango is the Psychotic Narcotic Posse, featuring Summer Rae now, I guess. I do like how Adam Rose apparently stumbled mindlessly into this situation and probably still doesn’t know what’s going on or what his real name is (it’s ‘Adam Rose’). Also, isn’t Dolph with Summer? Or did he escape this hell?

The bell rings, and the pitting of a man who thinks he’s a professional dancer against the man who thinks his hand is a Smurf will now begin. They tie up, and Adam Rose gets a headlock and leapfrogs over Fandango when he’s shot off the ropes; Fandango takes him down hard but Layla and Summer are fighting on the outside. Fandango tries to grab boob under the pretence of breaking it up, and gets whacked in the face by one of his growing secret harem. Fandango is counted out.

Meh. A star for Adam Rose existing. 1 Star.

Summer seems happy about this, leading me to question what her motivations are supposed to be. Does she want Fandango? Does she want Adam Rose? Does she want Ziggler? The Bunny? #SummerAll? Adam Rose offers Fandango his mollypop, but the dancer slaps it away and immediately takes a Party Foul because do you fucking know how difficult those things are to get hold off?!

Bray Wyatt’s in a promo for Battleground, and uses the phrase ‘chaos reigns’ which makes me remember Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist: do not watch that movie if you’re not a fan of genital mutilation. And now Bray Wyatt and genital mutilation are inexorably linked in my mind.

Renee is backstage with Chris Jericho and more or less says ‘Orton, yeah, sure, but apparently you’re facing Bray in a few weeks’. Correct reaction, Renee. Jericho says that it’s the first time ever that Jericho will face Bray. Well…I mean…yeah. Jericho has fun with animal metaphors before walking off.

Seriously: What Do Slater And Titus Even Have To Talk About?

Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater are in the ring, about to face the Usos. So, two guys who we were surprised weren’t victims of the Red WWEdding vs. the Tag Team Champs. Could be a classic.

Heath distracts one of the Usos, and apparently pinning the wrong twin in a tag match is totally a big deal, but twins switching around to win a match in that way is just great strategy. Titus jumps on Jimmy, clotheslining him, and then tags in Slater. Jimmy comes back with some strikes, but Slater hits a kick to the face, knocking him down and slapping on a sleeper. Heath runs into a Samoan Drop; Titus runs in and gets immediately kicked back out by Jey. Heath tosses out Jey, gets kicked by Jimmy and eats the splash from Jey for the pin.

Quick match, but I don’t think we’d expect a hard-fought victory in this scenario. 2 Stars.

Not-Renee is in the ring, and asks them about the 2-out-of-3-falls tag match. They awkwardly pretend to do commentary and God, this is mortifying. JBL and Michael pretend that it was funny, and sometimes I feel sorry for those two.

Honest To God, I Was Expecting An Evolution Run-In

Almost like it’s an apology for the Usos trying comedy, we’ve got Orton vs Jericho. Chris comes down first, but before Orton shows up, the Wyatts hijack the titantron. Bray sings ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’, and that regrettably does not lead to a sing-off. Orton shows up, and let’s rassle.

The veterans circle, and then lock up. Headlock by Orton; he’s shot off the ropes and takes Chris down before taking a dropkick. Orton’s thrown off the ropes but bails out of the ring. He climbs back in, but Jericho hits a springboard dropkick, knocking Randy right into a commercial.

We come back as Jericho’s choking Orton on the ropes, hitting the running knee for a two-count. Orton comes back, clotheslining Jericho in the corner and choking him in his own right. Chops from Jericho, and he throws Orton into the corner before launching himself at Randy, who dodges to send Chris right out to the floor! That angle looked awesome. On the outside, Y2J is thrown into the steel steps by Orton, and then takes a back suplex to the barricade. In the ring, Orton poses, nearly getting rolled-up for it, and clotheslines Jericho.

Sleeper hold by Randy Orton, and Jericho works his way to his feet, breaking out to hit some chops, but Orton retains control, slamming the back of Orton’s head into the mat. Another sleeper to Jericho, just in case you forgot you were watching a Randy Orton match, but Jericho hits some chops. They exchange strikes; Jericho comes off the ropes and takes down Orton. Orton throws Jericho over the ropes; he lands on the apron and comes off the top rope with a big elbow to Randy.

Walls of Jericho attempted now; Orton’s not going down easy, kicking Jericho away and hitting a powerslam for two. Chris is thrown into the corner, leapfrogs over Orton and hits his step-up enzuigiri for a near-fall. Big clothesline to Orton in the corner, and Jericho goes up high, only for Orton to hit the ropes to crotch Chris on the turnbuckle. He goes up as well, attempting a superplex, but Jericho’s blocking him, headbutting him to the mat. Flying crossbody gets another near-fall, and Chris chops away before Orton hits his backbreaker, trying to follow it up with a Vintage DDT, but Jericho reverses it into the Walls! Randy manages to reach the ropes and low-bridges Jericho; Chris tries to come right back up, but eats a knee and then the Vintage DDT. Orton sets up for the RKO and Jericho reverses, hitting the Lionsault! And we get Wyatt Interference, which is enough to distract Jericho enough that Orton hits the RKO for three.

Good match: nice blast from the past. Would be very interested to see the Viper against the Wyatts; his character would be a nice thing to throw against them. 3 Stars.

The Closest To A Lesbian Scene We’ll Get, Until The Sexual Tension Proves Too Much For AJ And Paige

Oh, we get Double Fandango tonight, in his fucking pimp ref shirt. Layla’s already in the ring, and here comes Summer Rae, teaching us the meaning of ‘cleavage window’. I mean…I’ve just never seen it that blatant. Layla snogs Fandango, and then Summer does. Okay, which McMahon did Curtis donate a kidney to?

Bell rings and Layla tries to go at Summer, but Fandango picks her up and stops her…and then does the same to Summer. And then he dances, because fucking Fandango, man. Then both girls start beating him up, because…they just finally realised what a skeeze he is? Fandango yells ‘I made you!’, which is hilarious to me because I’m a little drunk. Layla and Summer have a stare-down, and then have a dance-off…and then dance with each other. Actually, I’m kind of fine with that, as it’s the best possible ending to all of this.

Goldust Is The Stardust-Whisperer

Curtis Axel is in the ring, with Ryback on the outside. And then Goldust and Stardust come down, because these four guys are the only ones who can wrestle each other. I have to say, Cody is goddamn selling Stardust. Never let it be said that this man does not throw himself entirely into role.

Goldust and Axel tie up; Goldust takes Axel down with a shoulder block, shoots him back off the ropes and then gets him with an uppercut. Axel leans back through the ropes, getting Dust to back off, and takes him down with a clothesline to the back of the head. Stardust is up on the apron, doing some showboating for the crowd, and Goldust nearly catches Axel with a small package. A fist to the face puts Goldust down, and then a dropkick sends him out of the ring.

On the outside, Stardust gets up on the table and lounges, honestly, seductively. Axel gets into Stardust’s face, like he’s a Texan trucker and Stardust’s an effeminate gentleman. Goldust jumps Axel, throwing him back in the ring, as Stardust walks off wearing JBL’s hat. Is there some kind of law that bad things happen to the hat now? Rhodes Uppercut and an inverted atomic drop to Axel, who then reverses an Irish whip but runs right into a powerslam. Axel tries the Perfectplex, but Goldust reverses and the Final Cut ends things.

Decent enough and with a really good flow to it, but the focus was on Stardust (and rightfully so, really). 2.5 Stars.

Ryback immediately jumps Goldust, going for Shellshock, but Stardust dives into the ring and blows glitter into Ryback’s face. Apparently this is that new, special mace glitter that’s going around, because Ryback is all over the shop and then gets low-bridged as Stardust cackles like a maniac. God, this gimmick is hilariously weird.

That’s Our Bo!

Oh, jeez, El Torito. And Diego, as Fernando is still being dragged into a parking lot by the Wyatts. Their opponent is Bo Dallas, and his victory lap knock-down of El Torito from Monday has to be a .gif by now. He says he’s going to be handicapable, which is enough to crack me up again. He says that all of us are his tag team partners, and I shouldn’t be wrestling; I’m kinda drunk.

Bo starts off against Diego; Diego avoids the first contact, and then gets Bo in a headlock. He ducks Bo twice as he’s shot off, and then sweeps the legs out for a cover. Diego locks the arm, but Bo fights out, throwing hands in the corner. Diego’s thrown off the ropes, but rolls over Bo’s back and hits a dropkick. Bo tries to attack El Torito, who avoids him, and then dodges a charge from Diego, hitting the Bo Dog.

Another quick match, but at least El Torito was in no way involved, so hey. 2 Stars.

Bo grabs El Torito, and throws him in the ring. He acts a bit shocked, and sort of prods Torito with his foot before Bo Dogging him. I approve.

Russia vs. Samoa In Canada!

Rusev gets to the ring, followed by Roman Reigns, who still hasn’t learned the route to the Gorilla position. We recap his throwdown with Kane, and I love the name ‘Fit Finlay’: from a British perspective it’s like they’re constantly commenting on his sexiness.

The bell rings, and they tie up, testing each other’s strength. They separate, and then Rusev comes back with muay thai kicks, taking Reigns into the corner. Roman punches his way right out, sending Rusev into the opposite corner and then uppercutting Rusev out of the ring and off the apron. Lana holds Rusev back on the outside as we go to commercial.

Back from break, Rusev’s pinching a nerve in Roman’s neck, but Roman fights back momentarily, before Rusev puts him down with a spinning heel kick. Kicks to the corner, and then a big kick to the face sends Reigns to the mat. Rusev hits chops and headbutts to the head of Roman, before slamming the back of his head back off the canvas. Reigns hits a headbutt of his own, but Rusev gets another strike to the midsection, and then sends Reigns hard into the corner.

Kicks right to the stomach of the floored Reigns, and then Rusev goes right back to gripping the shoulders. Finally, Reigns explodes out of it, laying down strikes, and slamming a clothesline into Rusev, who doesn’t go down until a flying clothesline hits him. A Samoan drop puts him down again, harder, and then Reigns hits his running apron kick right to Rusev’s face. Roman winds up for the Superman Punch, slamming it into Rusev’s face, and the gets ready for the spear, but then Randy Orton comes out of nowhere, hanging Reigns up on the ropes for the DQ.

I rather liked this; always nice when you’ve got two guys who are running hot getting to go at each other. Shame we weren’t allowed a real result, but still. 2.5 Stars.

Rusev tries to attack Reigns after the match, but merely ends up helping Reigns express-deliver a Superman Punch to Orton’s jaw. A big kick floors Roman, and he goes to apply the Accolade…but Lana’s not allowing it. Well, that’s unexpected. Maybe she’s got a headache. Oh, she’s leaving Reigns to Orton, because she probably knows what’s about to happen…oh, wow…Orton actually manages to hit the RKO. And we actually end the show without Roman standing extremely dominant. I’m actually surprised.

This show definitely had its ups and downs, and the contrasts were stark. Orton vs. Jericho was clearly the match of the night, and I’m of the belief the Usos need to be shot if they persist in trying comedy. Seven.
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#1~ Before you get too comfortable, did you know there’s a new Wallpaper of the Week featuring Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt? You should download it quick!

#2~ I never thought the silent but deadly Roman Reigns would open an addition of Raw with a promo, definitely not this early in his singles’ run. But damn if he didn’t pull it off. Our friend over on the WWE Creative Humor Twitter wrote about the segment that was just supposed to be funny but oddly enough it’s also a bit true. He wrote,

It’s sad but true; in this PG-era of the WWE, the guidelines only allow for a certain amount of leeway when it comes to promos and controversial words. Last week, John Cena got the nod and tonight, they gave the crowd-friendly line to Roman Reigns for an easy pop. It’s not much but it’s something for a guy who hasn’t been in the main event for very long.

#3~ It’s a shame that Dean Ambrose versus Randy Orton will only be remembered for the botched spot. In a normal situation, I would have expected Orton to throw a fit except it absolutely was Orton’s spot. I can almost guarantee that Ambrose was supposed to jump off the top rope and into a Orton dropkick. Except Orton took his sweet ass time getting up and turning around. Either way it’ll end up being Ambrose’s fault somehow. Who would have ever thought that Ambrose would be the bit player coming out of The Shield’s breakup?

#4~ One of my favorite memories of 90s WWF was the running storyline of Jerry Lawler & his absolute hatred of the Hart family. From Helen & Stu to Bret & sometimes Owen, “The King” couldn’t despise the Harts more than anyone on earth leading to all sorts of matches including the infamous Kiss My Foot match which eventually led to the debut of Lawler’s personal dentist, Dr. Issac Yankem (aka Glenn Jacobs – aka Kane). It would have been awesome to see King tease at least SOME hatred for the Harts, at least for me.

#5~ This Fandango/Layla/Summer Rae thing is still going? First I thought it was over after that “match” at the pay-per-view. Then I thought it was done when Dolph Ziggler and Summer basically had “PG sex” in the ring last week. But now not only is there a Fandango/Ziggler feud but Summer Rae is STILL trying to seduce Fandango away from Layla? I’d be OK with a Ziggler/Fandango feud (especially if the IC title was involved) but the choice between Layla and Summer is just ridiculous. Layla is stacked and is a former Miami Heat dancer. Summer pretended to be a dancer for Fandango when his first dancer didn’t want to leave college for a career in wrestling. I think you get where my allegiance lies.

#6~ I appreciate the fact that The Miz is trying something new with his character. I appreciate the new transition into his theme music and the Top Gun glasses. But so far that’s all I’ve seen. The music is the same. The promos are the same. The jacket and ring gear is the same. And most importantly, his ring work is the same. If you’re going to try to revamp your career, you NEED to add more than glasses & the beginning of The Rock’s old entrance video to your own. That’s like adding pin-striping to a ’94 Chevy Malibu & asking 30k for it. The Miz has a long way to go to ask fair market value for his presence.

#7~ Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt is going to be good. Really good. But please let them build, let them tell a story. Give them more TV time than just a promo spot after a throwaway match. Let them write their own material and be held accountable of whether or not if they’re successful. It worked with Jericho & Shawn Michaels in their modern-day classic rivalry in 2008. Take a chance again and watch the magic happen.

#8~ Kofi Kingston starts winning when he starts talking about a heel turn – OK fine. But he starts beating Cesaro, a guy who just wrestling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, cleanly and weakly? The way Cesaro was moving up the card, I could clearly see him facing Brock Lesnar in a battle of the “Paul Heyman Guys” in the near future. Now I’m just hoping he doesn’t fall off the map completely and regain ANY momentum he had going into and out of WrestleMania 30.

#9~ Seth Rollins and John Cena had pretty good chemistry in the ring, even though they didn’t have it in the earlier backstage segment. The idea that Rollins has to remind the audience every week that he can cash in at anytime is absurd. The Money In The Bank contract has been around for almost 10 years, the “WWE Universe” knows how it works and Rollins will cash in when it’s most advantageous for him. Stop shoving it down our throats and tell the story you want to tell. Of course if that story is how much Roman Reigns and John Cena like each other, I’d rather they not.
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