Inside Pulse Wrestling » randy orton http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:44:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling no Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Inside Pulse Wrestling » randy orton http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com CB’s Slant: How CM Punk Saved WWE WrestleMania XXX http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/28/cbs-slant-how-cm-punk-saved-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/28/cbs-slant-how-cm-punk-saved-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:34:19 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165773 A couple of months ago, the rumored WrestleMania XXX card looked something like this when it came to five of the higher profile matches on the list:

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus

Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

Triple H vs. CM Punk

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista

This, of course, was the list of matches that were planned BEFORE CM Punk decided to take matters into his own hands and walk out on the WWE (for now, if not forever).

As crazy as the Punk vs. WWE saga has been over the past few weeks, one thing that hasn’t been discussed too much is this:

With the way things have been shuffled around following his departure, CM Punk has actually saved WrestleMania XXX.

After all, if Punk didn’t walk out on WWE following the Royal Rumble, there’s a good chance that Punk would be feuding with Triple H instead of Daniel Bryan. That storyline just would not have unfolded as perfectly as Bryan vs. Hunter/Stephanie/The Authority has, and if Daniel Bryan was relegated to a match with Sheamus at WrestleMania it would have been an absolute nightmare for WWE.

Luckily for most parties involved, Punk did leave, WWE called the audible they needed to call, and now the WrestleMania XXX card looks something like this at the top:

Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan – Winner Enters the Title Match

Triple Threat Title Match: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. [Triple H or Daniel Bryan]

As for Sheamus, well, have fun with the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, fella!

That’s all from me — CB.
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HTC Wrestling Pulsecast – Top 3 Most Disappointing WrestleMania Storylines http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/28/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-top-3-most-disappointing-wrestlemania-storylines/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/28/htc-wrestling-pulsecast-top-3-most-disappointing-wrestlemania-storylines/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:20:55 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165783 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast

 

The HTC crew of Matt Harrak, Justin Czerwonka and Cameron Dougharty continue their trek to WrestleMania 30 by discussing the most lackluster WrestleMania storylines ever with their special guest, Rob of “WWE Creative Humor” (@WWECreative-ish) on Twitter!
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The Pulse Polls – WWE WrestleMania XXX http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/26/the-pulse-polls-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/26/the-pulse-polls-wwe-wrestlemania-xxx/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:38:04 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165749 Welcome to the Pulse Polls!  Yes this is up a little early, but really there shouldn’t be too much more announced for the Grandaddy of Them All.  This will be open until next Thursday!  Be sure to get your picks in and if you choose Mystery Entrant for the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, then specify in the comment section who you think will win!  Now without any delays… who do you think will win at WrestleMania 30?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  Be sure to check out the Rasslin’ Roundtable for the results!
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My Thoughts On WWE Raw 3.24.14 (Triple H, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, The Shield) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/25/my-thoughts-on-wwe-raw-3-24-14-triple-h-the-undertaker-brock-lesnar-the-shield/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/25/my-thoughts-on-wwe-raw-3-24-14-triple-h-the-undertaker-brock-lesnar-the-shield/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:00:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165717 WWE Raw 11-13 Header

1. I absolutely LOVE the fact that four former World Heavyweight Champions are wrestling a fatal four-way match on Raw to be named the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship! I’ve said ever since they unified the World & WWE Championships that either the IC championship or the United States Championship had to be built back up to a higher level. This is the perfect step in the right direction but out of the 4 potential matches that could have come out of that match, Christian versus Big E was the lowest on my list.

2. I will say this, the Scooby Doo movie is actually pretty damn good. Of course my 3-year-old son has watched the screener I received on repeat for a week straight but before I started tuning out the repetitiveness, the movie is written very well! There are inside jokes that relate both to the world of wrestling AND the Scooby Doo world. All of the wrestlers did their own voices (except for Sin Cara who only speaks “Lucha”) & they all put on a good performance. I actually hope they make a sequel to this direct-to-DVD movie.

3. I had horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE WCW Nitro flashbacks when John Cena saw the sheep’s mask in the mirror and then it wasn’t there. I’ll just leave you with this:

4. Triple H’s “sit-down” promo with Michael Cole was rather awkward the entire way though. First, I didn’t see a particular reason as to why Cole had to be in the ring for a Triple H promo. Sure, he set up some of the topics but does anyone really think Triple H needs to be walked through a promo at this point? Two things fell flat for me. One was that Daniel Bryan didn’t make an appearance at all. Even something where he was live “via satellite” would have worked better than a complete no-show. Last week’s Raw ended so hot I felt they needed to capitalize on that and two promos from Triple H, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon or Batista aren’t going to do the job. Secondly was Hunter’s forced attempt at trying to “name” this time in WWE history as the “Reality Era”. Aren’t times in history named AFTER they’ve taken place and not during? He said it so many damn times I wouldn’t be surprised if people come up with a different name for the time we are living in just to spite WWE TV.

5. My favorite part of Cody/Fandango was when Goldust danced over to Summer Rae who shouted “Are you mocking me?” To which Goldust simply yelled “Yes!” and they had an impromptu dance off. I don’t know what it is but Goldust looks like he’s having so much damn fun, I can’t help but laugh at things like this.

6. Before I get to John Cena versus Luke Harper, everyone needs to watch this tremendous piece of work again:

Cutting pieces like that is my actual job and unfortunately I’m not allowed as much creative liberty when working for a sports news network. But from one editor to another (whoever it was), getting the rights to that song, laying out the promos to match the lyrics and letting the video & music tell most of the story made it fantastic. Great work that deserves all the play I’m sure it will receive.

6b. Alright, back to the actual match. First off, I like how Luke Harper is getting little bits of promo time here and there. They didn’t throw him into a sink or swim scenario like so many others and this allows him to develop at his own pace. The match itself I believe exceeded a lot of people’s expectations. I’ve been saying that if they want Harper to eventually be a top heel, they need to get him going and having him work with a main-eventer is definitely the way to go. A non-finish was logical given that we are less than two weeks away from WrestleMania and the visual of Cena wearing the sheep’s mask is one that’s going to leave an impression on a ton of Cena’s fans. It was just creepy and weird enough that it probably freaked out the kids while the adults couldn’t help but be intrigued by a John Cena storyline.

7. Well if you thought the battle royal at WrestleMania XXX was going to be a clusterfuck, the Divas just stole that mantle. What are the rules? How many women are involved? Can AJ lose the title without being pinned or is it elimination? Whatever the answers may be, it’s definitely not going to be pretty.

8. So wait, is Scott Hall going into the Hall of Fame or “Razor Ramon”? I would think they would have shown SOME of his NWO days if Hall was being inducted based on his career but it seems like he’s being inducted based on the character he played. I’d pop if Rick Bognar came out to accept the award.

9. The Shield are OVER as babyfaces. This match was good but nowhere the quality of tag matches we’ve seen them put on and yet the crowd was into it for every offensive spot by them (or by Cesaro). I know they’re not ready to turn Cesaro yet, especially when the priority seems to be on when Roman Reigns will turn, but they must be chomping at the bit to have Cesaro turn full babyface. Hell, he’s already there in the fans eyes!

10. I’m confused as to why ANYONE gets freaked out when the druids roll a casket to the ring. You know The Undertaker is either in there or will be after he climbs into it from under the ring (nice directing going to the one camera that shows someone going under the ring, by the way). I’m sorry but Undertaker/Lesnar is purely senseless to me & not the huge money draw the WWE expect it to be. Now if they could only show footage of when Brock Lesnar confronted The Undertaker after Lesnar’s UFC fight…
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CB Asks: How Would YOU Book WrestleMania XXX with Attitude Era Rules? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/23/cb-asks-how-would-you-book-wrestlemania-xxx-with-attitude-era-rules/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/23/cb-asks-how-would-you-book-wrestlemania-xxx-with-attitude-era-rules/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:55:41 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165664 As of right now, the current card for WrestleMania 30 looks like this:

WrestleMania Pre Show Festivities – WWE Network: 5:00-6:00 pm ET
WrestleMania Pre Show with Matches – WWE Network: 6:00-7:00 pm ET
WrestleMania XXX PPV / WWE Network Broadcast: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm ET

Special Guest Host: Hulk Hogan

Current Match Listings:

Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal

John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

HHH vs. Daniel Bryan – Winner Moves to Triple Threat Title Match

Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker

Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista vs. Winner of HHH-Bryan – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match

With just five matches announced for WrestleMania, there is a lot of room to work with in terms of adding more matches to the card and placing some additional matches on the pre show.

And since we are now getting closer and closer to the big show, I thought it would be a fun exercise to think outside the box regarding WrestleMania 30 and ask you the following question(s):

How would YOU book all of WrestleMania 30 if you could apply any and all rules from the TV-14 Attitude Era? What leeway would you give the wrestlers for their promos / matches, and which matches would you add that may or may not be TV-PG friendly?

I was talking about this with some friends, and one thing I came up with is that for the Daniel Bryan-Triple H match, WWE would totally have put Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon in cages that are at ringside, and whichever person loses, their respective wife/fiance would have to be stripped down in front of everyone.

Another idea would be to have Goldust vs. Cody Rhodes, but with Goldust reverting back to his heel androgynous ways and really pushing the envelope as they delve deeper into their complete opposite family histories and mannerisms.

I’d love to know your own thoughts in the comments section below, or feel free to Tweet us your crazy WrestleMania 30 booking ideas to @pulsewrestling.

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My Thoughts: WWE Raw 3.17.14 (Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton – No DQ/Triple H & Daniel Bryan Face Off) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/18/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-3-17-14-daniel-bryan-vs-randy-orton-no-dqtriple-h-daniel-bryan-face-off/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/18/my-thoughts-wwe-raw-3-17-14-daniel-bryan-vs-randy-orton-no-dqtriple-h-daniel-bryan-face-off/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:46:13 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165605 WWE Raw 11-13 Header

1. The backlash about how “Triple H always finds a way into the main event” is bound to be ridiculous. Maybe, just maybe, Triple H is trying to garner as much as heat as possible for himself and by extension, a massive babyface reaction for Daniel Bryan? The crowd should already be solidly in Bryan’s corner but where’s the harm in ensuring that fact a little bit more?

2. Thank the wrestling gods that Batista is a heel again though. And not just any heel but his “better than thou, Hollywood-elite persona” which was just perfect before he left in 2010. The shoot comments from Orton about Batista’s return “flopping” could turn out to be false if his heel momentum picks up the way it was before he left.

3. When Hulk Hogan first announced the “Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal”, I assumed this was a way to get a bunch of talent a WrestleMania payday & the obvious winner would be The Big Show. This would not only give Show a nice WrestleMania moment but also pay homage to Andre’s legacy of being dominant in battle royals because of his size. Now it may be anyone’s ballgame & might give someone an instant push. They are really attempting to build this match into something special and prestigious so I can only imagine that the winner would be in a great position for a big push.

4. So The Real Americans are all fine and dandy now? We all thought that Cesaro was being polished for MUCH bigger things once he moved on from Zeb Colter & Jack Swagger but now it seems as if they’re the number one contenders for the tag team titles. More often than not I wish that NXT was Raw.

5. Being 2nd generation Irish & a wrestling fan, I always cringe whenever St. Patrick’s Day rolls around. Not because of all the sloppy drunks that want to “celebrate” but because I KNOW I’m going to be dealing with some horrible skits on Raw, usually featuring Hornswoggle, Finlay or Sheamus. Well I got two out of three for my “enjoyment”. Titus O’Neill was definitely over the top but it could have been a helluva lot worse, I guess.

6. John Cena and Bray Wyatt is playing out exactly as expected. I’m glad they steered Cena away from joking around with the Wyatt character and instead react to Wyatt the way people used to react to the early days of The Undertaker. The difference here is that Wyatt’s promos are so damn good (and completely spot on) that incredible to think that he writes most of them himself. Their match at WrestleMania should be decent but the build is definitely fun. Hey now that they’re using an Eminem song for WrestleMania, maybe he’ll play Cena down to the ring just like Mark Crozer is planned to play Wyatt down.

7. I hate it when the “main event” takes place in the middle of the show but there’s no denying this was a damn fun fight. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, no matter how many times they wrestle, just have the right chemistry to make for an interesting match. Also, it’s always fun to hear Randy Orton go off on a fan on live TV.

8. The Shield pulled off one of the most literal babyface turns I’ve ever seen. They were intimidating Jerry Lawler only to slowly turn to face and subsequently attack Kane. Obviously they’ve taken a giant step back from splitting The Shield to have a match at WrestleMania only to have ALL of them turn babyface & become the newest addition to the anti-authority movement. I know I didn’t see it coming (at least not with Dean Ambrose involved) but I’m looking forward to what they have planned for them. I just hope they’re not lumped into the battle royal as they deserve so much better in April.

9. Well Dolph Ziggler has completely given up. I noticed in a WWE App interview that he was letting the dye job grow out and randomly had braids in his hair all the while rambling on about being in the WrestleMania battle royal. There’s been talk and talk and talk about teaming mid-level guys who used to be main eventers into a stable. Guys like The Miz, Ziggler and Zack Ryder have all been mentioned but is that really the way to go? To emphasize how badly these men have been booked lately (or not booked at all)? I don’t know what they have planned but as of right now, Dolph Ziggler is looking more and more like CJ Parker than the former World Heavyweight Champion that had one of the most popular Money In The Bank cash-ins in recent history.

10. Damn that last segment was fantastic & garnered nuclear heat on Triple H. HHH played his part perfectly here – from the beaten down husband who has been pushed to the edge & has learned to respect Daniel Bryan to the corrupt, dangerous boss – who gets as violently as WWE PG allows him to get. In only 3 weeks or so, Daniel Bryan went from being a part of the Wyatt Family to he and Triple H becoming the main event program for WrestleMania XXX. One might even think that CM Punk bowed out of the picture so this may all play out…
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results for 3/17/14: What’s Next For Daniel Bryan And Triple H? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/17/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-31714-whats-next-for-daniel-bryan-and-triple-h/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/17/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-31714-whats-next-for-daniel-bryan-and-triple-h/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:41:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165568 We continue down the Road to Wrestlemania tonight with RAW. I expect the rest of the card to take some shape tonight. There isn’t a lot advertised for tonight, which might be a sign that tonight is a “place holder” RAW. Follow along to find out!

Triple H For Everybody

After a recap of the Occupy RAW Movement from last week, HHH started the show. He said that when this is all set and done it is the audience’s fault. He said it didn’t have to come to this, but he is going to end the YES Movement and Daniel Bryan and the crowd forced his hand. He said he’s cooled down, and he is going to beat down Daniel Bryan without remorse. He said he had some things to say to Daniel Bryan’s face later tonight.

Batista came out. He said that HHH has big problems with him. He asked who he thought he was given that Billy-goat troll his match at Wrestlemania. Batista said he came back to be WWE Champion and he earned that opportunity at the Royal Rumble. Batista said it isn’t cool that he can lose a match that he doesn’t have to be pinned in. HHH asked Batista what he was thinking and if he thought Daniel Bryan could actually beat him.

Randy Orton came out and said he agreed with Batista, even just making it a mere possibility. HHH once again said Daniel Bryan is not going to beat him. HHH asked if Daniel Bryan has really gotten that much into their heads. Batista said not as much as he’s gotten into HHH’s head. Orton asked for a No DQ match against Bryan and HHH agreed. Orton then said the people took to Daniel Bryan because no one took to Batista. Orton said no one cared when Batista left and even less people cared when he came back. Batista said the crowd took to Orton because he sucks as Champion and he only got where he was due to the support of HHH. Orton and Batista got in a shoving match. HHH tried to stop it but eventually left. Batista asked HHH where he was going and told him to fix it. HHH said he’s sick of everything. He’s sick of troll faced idiots taking over RAW, he’s sick of Hollywood stars coming back and telling him what’s best for business. And he’s sick of technically gifted wrestlers who are screwed up in the head. HHH said maybe the old man was right and you can only look out for yourself. HHH said there will be a handicap at Wrestlemania, because when he beats Daniel Bryan it will be Batista vs Randy Orton vs HHH. After HHH left, Orton delivered an RKO to Batista.

Renee Young caught up with Batista. He was leaving and said coming back to the WWE was a big mistake.

Was Looking Forward To A Zeb Promo, Being So Close To The Border

Its the Usos vs Real Americans. Swagger started with a takedown, but was then knocked down with a shoulder tackle followed by a spinebuster. Swagger eventually caught the Uso in the ring with a punch and tagged in Cesaro. Jey caught him with a clothesline and tagged in Jimmy, who caught Cesaro with a right hand. Jimmy hit a Flair chop then tagged in Jey. Cesaro caught Jey in the air and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Swagger came in and they landed some kicks on Jey in the corner. Jey escaped a sleeper and tagged in Jimmy. But Swagger caught Jimmy with a boot and sent him to the outside.

The Real Americans still had control back from break. Cesaro landed an uppercut. Swagger came in and caught a boot and Jimmy tossed Cesaro to the outside. Swagger tried stopping the tag but Jimmy caught Swagger with an enziguri kick. Both men made tags. Jey landed a kick to the gut followed by a clothesline. Jey hit the butt splash and got two. The Usos hit a double Samoan Drop but only got two. Jey went to the top but Swagger pulled Cesaro out of the ring. Both Usos took out Swagger with a crescent kick. Jimmy hit a dive on Swagger, but Cesaro jumped on the apron and caught Jey with an uppercut. He then hit the Neutralizer for the in.

WINNERS: The Real Americans

Backstage Kane told The Shield that they all made wrong decisions last Friday and they could be detrimental for everyone in the future. Kane said The Authority put them on a mission and asked to count in The Shield, and if he couldn’t they are no longer an asset. Kane asked if he could count on them and they all agreed.

Hornswoggle was handing out things at ringside. Bad News Barrett came out and said everyone would be spending this holiday getting drunk and making bad decisions, then wake up with a terrible hangover tomorrow.

Remember When I Thought Titus O’Neil Would Get A Push? Yeah Me Neither

Sheamus vs Titus O’Neil. Sheamus landed some knees to start then a clothesline. Titus landed a shot to the back but then ate a kick to the face and was dumped to the outside. Titus recovered and tossed Sheamus into the ringpost then hit a couple of backbreakers. Titus hit a fallaway slam sending Sheamus to the outside. He then grabbed Hornswoggle and slapped him. He went to hit a fallaway slam but Sheamus caught Hornswoggle and rammed him into the gut of Titus. Sheamus hit his rope punches followed by the Brouge Kick for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

After the match, Sheamus said he was entering the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. After the match Christian, who was on commentary, knocked Sheamus off the apron. He tossed Sheamus into the barricade then hit the Killswitch.

So Bray Wyatt Does Have A TV, Because He Must Watch Total Divas

John Cena came out. He said he’s been there for 12 years and had over 3500 matches. He said sometimes we get along and sometimes not so much. He said that we’re like an old married couple. He said he actually fears Bray Wyatt, and fears people actually are believing what he says. He said Bray will stop at nothing to destroy his legacy. Cena said he’s afraid of Bray Wyatt but he believes in everything he stands for and does. He said Wrestlemania is about him fighting for everything he believes and every word he’s ever said, along with his legacy.

The Wyatts appeared on screen, with Bray wearing a Cena shirt. He said children believe in superheros because they haven’t lived long enough to know that it’s a lie. He said his childhood was full of scars and was taught everything he loves in life will wither away and die. Bray said he could be just like Cena and sign autographs, kiss babies and go home to his plastic girlfriend and castle. But Bray said he is different than anyone Cena has ever faced. Bray said he doesn’t care if he never leaves Wrestlemania, he just wants the world to see Cena as he does.

Remember When People Paid To See This On Three Straight PPVs?

Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton No DQ. Bryan slammed Orton into the turnbuckle then hit a running knee. Bryan slammed Orton’s leg into the post. a few times. Bryan nailed a dropkick followed by some uppercuts, but Orton came back with one of his own. Orton choked Bryan on the ropes then hit some more uppercuts. Bryan reversed Orton and Orton stopped himself in the ropes, but Bryan dropkicked him to the outside. Bryan hit his dive through the ropes. Bryan went to grab Orton, but Orton grabbed a kendo stick and hit Bryan with it. Someone yelled ring the bell, but Orton screamed back “This is No DQ, there is no bell!” Orton dropped Bryan on the announce table into commercial.

Back from break Orton rammed Bryan into the post. He hit a backbreaker on the outside. Back in the ring Orton did his version of the Garvin Stomp. Orton mocked the crowd which allowed Bryan to start a comeback. He hit a clothesline and a dropkick in the corner, followed by a hurricarrana off the top for two. Bryan grabbed the kendo stick then hit a kendo stick shot, followed by a kick to the head in succession before finishing with the kick to the head for two. Bryan went to the top but Orton crotched him. Orton went to the top and hit a superplex. Orton hit his middle rope DDT. Bryan rolled to the outside and grabbed a kendo stick and hit Orton a couple times with it. He then dropkicked Orton over the barricade. Orton recovered and slammed Bryan’s head on the barricade. Orton grabbed a chair and hit Bryan in the gut, followed by a shot to the back. Suddenly, Batista came out and speared Orton in the ring. Bryan then took out Batista with a dropkick and pinned Orton to pick up the win.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Batista hit a Batista Bomb on Orton.

Paul Heyman came out. He said he came here to bring up the point that the Undertaker has barely beat his last few challengers, yet Brock Lesnar has beaten down and ravaged those same challengers. Heyman showed a video package with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Mark Henry. No CM Punk. Heyman said The Streak would Rest In Peace.

Triple H and Stephanie argued backstage. She asked what happens to business and their family when HHH wins the WWE Title and goes back on the road. He said he’s taking care of business with Daniel Bryan tonight and Steph told him that he better.

At Least Fandango Isn’t Fighting Santino Again

Goldust vs Fandango. Goldust crawled towards Fandango, then blew a kiss to Summer Rae. Fandango started with a shoulder tackle, but Goldust came back with hip toss and an inverted atomic drop. Summer Raw jumped on the apron and Goldust did the Saturday Night Fever dance. Goldust scared Summer off the apron and Cody caught her. Fandango regained control in the ring. Goldust fought out of a headlock with some right hands but Fandango threw Goldust into the corner and went back to a headlock. Fandango went to the top but Goldust moved, and hit his finisher for the win.

WINNER: Goldust

No Shield Break Up Is Best For Business

Kane came out. He said the ring is a place for action but some actions are not warranted. He said last week’s Occupy RAW Movement was wrong and violated many safety violations! He said in his investigation that he decided that Daniel Bryan did not act alone and that someone from Memphis acted with him. He accused Jerry Lawler of helping Bryan. The Shield came down and surrounded Lawler. The Shield forced Lawler into the ring. Kane said they’ve known each other for a long time, and said he knew Lawler was not in fighting shape, so he will only enjoy this a little. Kane asked if Lawler had anything to say. Rollins took the mic and said he had a good feeling Daniel Bryan was not coming to save him, because The Shield always does what’s best for business.

Suddenly, The Shield turned and faced Kane. Kane screamed at them and said he didn’t know what they were doing. They attacked Kane. Kane fought back and went to chokeslam Rollins but Ambrose stopped it, then Reigns speared Kane. They ended it with a triple powerbomb on Kane.

The Funkadactyls beat AJ and Tamina after Naomi hit a split legged moonsault to pick up the win. Naomi wrestled with an eye patch. After the match AJ yelled at Tamina and said she wins on her own and loses every time Tamina is with her. Tamina shoved down AJ.

Mr. T was announced as the next Hall of Fame inductee.

It’s The Battle Of Botched Pushes!

It’s Big E, Big Show, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler vs Rybaxel, Damien Sandow and Alberto del Rio. Big E hit a belly-to-belly then tagged in Henry. Henry hit a headbutt. Axel tagged himself in and immediately ate a clothesline followed by a big boot. Ziggler came in and hit a neckbreaker. Ryback cmae back in and took control. Ziggler leap frogged Ryback and hit a dropkick, followed by another to Del Rio as both teams had a stand off into commercial.

Back from break Del Rio dropped Ziggler on the announce table. Sandow came in and laid the boots to Ziggler. The heels all took turns working over Ziggler. Sandow catapulted Ziggler into the corner, but Ziggler moved out of the way of a charge and tagged in Big Show. Show hit some clotheslines on Sandow followed by a shoulder tackle. Show took out Axel with a slap, Ryback speared Show, Big E clotheslined Ryback over the top, Del Rio took out Big E with an enziguri, Mark Henry dumped Del Rio, Axel knocked Henry to the outside. Ziggler hit the Fameasser on Axel and Show chokeslammed Sandow to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Big E, Big Show, Mark Henry and Dolph Ziggler

Batista said he never quits on anything, and no matter who it is, he’s leaving Wrestlemania WWE Champion.

Poor Kofi

Bray Wyatt vs John Cena. Kofi caught Bray with a dropkick but Bray came right back with a clothesline. Bray tossed Kofi into the corner but Kofi caught him with a kick to the face. Bray ducked Kofi off the top and caught Kofi with a running elbow. Bray hit a rib breaker followed by a splash in the corner. Bray followed with Sister Abigail for the win.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt

Where’s Big Bossman When You Need Him?

Triple H came out and called out Daniel Bryan. HHH said he’ll be lucky if his wife talks to him tonight because of this talk. HHH said a lot of things have happened between them and everything he’s done up to this moment was done because he believes it’s best for business. It isn’t personal. HHH said it’s about what is best for the WWE. HHH said he doesn’t expect anyone else to understand the burden of the decisions he makes. HHH said Bryan crossed a line last week, but it is now all water under the bridge. HHH said in three weeks they are going to step in the ring, and he won’t apologize for what he does in the ring. HHH said he has no choice to put in end to all of this. He has no choice but to shutdown the YES Movement. HHH said no matter what happens, no hard feelings and may the best man win. HHH offered a handshake but Bryan refused. HHH said he would probably do the same thing. HHH said that he’s dumped a ton on Bryan since SummerSlam and yet Bryan is still standing here. HHH said the audience respects him because he didn’t take his ball and go home and Bryan has earned his respect.

Steph came out and said Bryan disrespected them last week and he put the lives of HHH and others at risk and is formally pressing charges. As HHH and Steph argued on the outside, officers surrounded Bryan and pushed him down to the ground. They handcuffed Bryan. HHH told them that wasn’t what he wanted and that since they weren’t even cops to leave. HHH said he was going to enjoy doing this himself. HHH took out Bryan and started beating him down. Bryan tried fighting him back but HHH slammed him into the steps and then on the announce table. HHH threw Bryan into the barricade multiple times. HHH slammed Bryan on the table again. Steph slapped him and Bryan told her she hit like a girl. HHH then put Bryan near the posts then slammed a chair into him. HHH then hit a Pedigree on Bryan as HHH and Steph celebrated. HHH said all of this belongs to them and there is no YES Movement.

WHAT I LIKED

Bryan/HHH Closing: Anyone who calls that a burial of any kind on Bryan is just delusional. People have been clamoring for full on heel HHH and we finally got it tonight. He changed the stipulation to make it if he wins, he gets to be in the Title match. And then he does that to Bryan at the end. Bryan will get his revenge next week and then there will be one final showdown going into Mania. The segment drew a lot of heat on HHH.

The Shield Face Turn: I’ve been clamoring for weeks to have this happen, and it finally did. I thought they would do it by saving Daniel Bryan at some point. But saving Jerry Lawler is the next best way to do it. They’ll probably take on the Outlaws and Kane at Mania. Who wouldn’t love to see a Bryan/Shield vs Kane/Orton/Batista/HHH War Games match at Extreme Rules. Plus, a Shield face turn pushes the break up closer to the summer and doesn’t risk all three men getting lost in the shuffle.

Bray Wyatt/Cena Promo: I really liked Wyatt and Cena’s promo exchange this week. Bray has been hitting his stride in recent weeks with his focus on Cena and his super hero life. And hell, even Cena took Bray as a serious threat with his promo this week. Good build up with a nice video package later on in the night as well.

Orton vs Bryan/Batista Interactions: Everyone is slowly getting into their roles heading into Mania. Orton has done a good job lately playing to the crowd and going after Batista. Batista has grown into his ego driven heel role. And we all know Bryan’s role. What once seemed like a dull match has a lot of intrigue.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Eight Man Tag: The match was okay but was lacking a lot of heat. The crowd just couldn’t get behind it and it seemed like more of a cool down match than one that was suppose to build up a battle royal.

Sheamus vs Titus O’Neil: One of my main problems with Sheamus is that he always goes over someone who could use a win. Titus looked to have some sort of push lined up and now he is a nothing again. I’m not saying Titus should win clean, but why not have Christian interfere and cost Sheamus the win?

I thought this was another good episode of RAW this week. The build to Wrestlemania has gotten better the past few weeks. Three of the top matches have become intriguing to me. The Undertaker/Brock Lesnar match needs both men there to build it up better. Paul Heyman can only carry so much of it. I’m giving the show a 7.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka
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Press Release: WWE Slam City Gets A Release Date http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/17/press-release-wwe-slam-city-gets-a-release-date/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/17/press-release-wwe-slam-city-gets-a-release-date/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:37:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165566 WWE Logo 2013

 

WWE SUPERSTARS GET ANIMATED

 

STAMFORD, Conn., and EL SEGUNDO, Calif. March 17, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced the launch of WWE Slam City™, WWE’s new kids property that includes an original animated short-form series and a complete line of WWE Slam City merchandise. The 26-episode series, which launches today in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., is comprised of two minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars in their new animated world, WWE Slam City. The first four episodes begin airing today at WWESlamCity.com and Cartoonium on YouTube. WWE Slam City toys, including action figures, ring sets and more, are currently available at major retail stores.

 

The series, filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation, features a new WWE animated character The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWESlam City to find day jobs. WWE Superstars are plunged into new career challenges as John Cena®, Randy Orton®, Sheamus®, The Miz™, Rey Mysterio®, Kane®, Alberto Del Rio® and Mark Henry® pack every street corner with work to do and scores to settle. With John Cena as an auto mechanic, Alberto Del Rio as a coffee house barista, Randy Orton as a zookeeper and Sheamus as a theater usher, these Superstars have a new life outside the ring, but still stay true to their WWE personas.

 

In addition to WWESlamCity.com and Cartoonium on YouTube, WWE Slam City will also be available in the U.S. on WWE Network, Hulu, PlayStation®, Xbox, AOL On, Nintendo, Vudu, Google Play, Kabillion, Mattel.com and iTunes. WWE will utilize all of its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media to generate awareness for its new kids property.

 

WWE Slam City is a multi-platform property that takes our Superstars out of the ring and introduces them to kids through entertaining and action-packed animation,” said Michelle D. Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. “This strategic initiative is perfectly complemented through our partnership with Mattel and adds to an already dynamic portfolio of content designed to create lifelong WWE fans.”

 

Slam City is the result of a seamless collaboration with WWE where we are bringing kids a completely new and invigorating entertainment experience,” said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President, Global Brands Marketing, Boys and Entertainment for Mattel. “Combining fun to watch content that features Superstar favorites, along with an engaging line of toys, enablesSlam City to further expand the WWE Universe while opening new avenues of play for the franchise.”

 

WWE Slam City is a key component of WWE’s larger strategy to expand its reach to kids. In 2013, WWE’s national TV programming reached nearly 3 million kids each week, representing more than 20 percent of WWE’s average weekly TV audience. WWE also reaches kids through the number 2 action figure property in the U.S.[1], WWE Studios productions of The FlintstonesScooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery and Christmas Bounty as well as partnerships with Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Post Foods and MilkPEP. In addition, WWE supports programs that positively impact children and families around the world, including a 30-plus year relationship with Make-A-Wish as well as various literacy, education, anti-bullying and military initiatives.

 

In addition to toys, a full WWE Slam City merchandise line, including apparel, back-to-school accessories, books, graphic novels and home videos will be available in stores by the end of 2014. In 2015, a WWE Slam City mobile game, as well as health and beauty items, home goods, party supplies and stationary will be available.

 

The 26-episode WWE Slam City series is co-produced by WWE and Mattel’s Playground Productions, a new division within the Mattel Global Brands whose mission is to identify, cultivate and produce compelling storylines through multiple platforms.

 

Slam City’s multi-platform animation engages kids where they are today with a unique larger-than-life Superstar inspired storyline that’s authentic to WWE,” said David Voss, Senior Vice President, Playground Productions for Mattel. “We worked closely with WWE to ensure our style and storytelling complimented the brand, and really tapped into our creative expertise to produce a playful narrative that both kids and fans enjoy.”

To view the 60-second trailer and to watch the first four episodes of WWE Slam City visit WWESlamCity.com or YouTube.com/Cartoonium.

 

WWE Slam City Distribution Channels

 

U.S.

 

  • WWESlamCity.com
  • YouTube.com/Cartoonium
  • WWE Network
  • Hulu
  • PlayStation®
  • Xbox
  • AOL On
  • Nintendo
  • Vudu
  • iTunes
  • Google Play
  • Kabillion
  • Mattel.com

 

Canada

 

 

U.K.

 

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WWE Monday Night Raw Preview for Monday 03.17.2014 – Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan Hype for WrestleMania XXX Takes Center Stage One Week after Occupy Raw Movement http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/16/wwe-monday-night-raw-preview-for-monday-03-17-2014-triple-h-vs-daniel-bryan-hype-for-wrestlemania-xxx-takes-center-stage-one-week-after-occupy-raw-movement/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/16/wwe-monday-night-raw-preview-for-monday-03-17-2014-triple-h-vs-daniel-bryan-hype-for-wrestlemania-xxx-takes-center-stage-one-week-after-occupy-raw-movement/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:01:35 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165525 WWE Monday Night Raw preview for Monday 3/17/14:

–As HHH indicated on Friday Night SmackDown, he will address Daniel Bryan tonight on Raw as they continue their WrestleMania XXX build.

–The Shield refused to help Corporate Kane against the Big Show on SmackDown. How will Kane respond to this perceived indiscretion on Raw?

–What is John Cena’s next move regarding Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family?

–How will Randy Orton and Boooooo-tista react to Daniel Bryan possibly infiltrating their title match at WrestleMania 30?

–Who else will enter the Andre The Giant memorial battle royal? Answer: Anyone who wants a WrestleMania XXX paycheck!

All this and more on Raw…Monday night!
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View From Down Here – Mandatory Daniel Bryan Column http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/16/view-from-down-here-mandatory-daniel-bryan-column/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/16/view-from-down-here-mandatory-daniel-bryan-column/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:45:34 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165508 Apparently it is now compulsory that everyone who writes about wrestling online must express their opinion at least once on the whole Daniel Bryan thing in the WWE at the moment. If not, then apparently terrible things could happen. Honestly.

Even worse than this. Allegedly.

Even worse than this.
Allegedly.

Okay – here’s mine. Daniel Bryan has been given a match against HHH. If he wins, then he is inserted into the main event, making it a triple threat. I think that’s fine.

Aaaaand... I can go home.

Aaaaand… I can go home.

What? More? Needy, aren’t you? Okay then. Fine.

It does seem that, looking at it from the outside, this was not the original plan. Punk was being set to go up against HHH, Bryan was going to get Kane or maybe Sheamus, and Orton-Batista was going to be YOUR main event.

Smell the excitement!

Smell the excitement!

But then Punk left. No-one knows why, but he just apparently decided out of the blue that he’d had enough and wanted to get the heck out of Dodge.

"Screw you guys, I'm going home."

“Screw you guys, I’m going home.”

This left a booking hole, one which was filled by actually listening to fan sentiment (or at least, one segment of fan sentiment) and plugging Bryan into the HHH match. Fine, wonderful, actually listening to your fans is generally not a bad thing.

And then the Royal Rumble happened.

The new WWE so-called “movie star” (term used advisedly) won, Bryan was beaten in an earlier match, and to say fans weren’t happy is something of an understatement. But they’re fans. I mean, it’s not like they did anything except chant some mindless slogans and engage in spleen venting on numerous online forums (or fora, if you’re being pedantic about this).

Prepare to be vented!!

Prepare to be vented!!

But some-one somewhere hit the ol’ panic button and suddenly we had the “occupy Raw” situation which provided a stunning visual and gave the impression that the fans had actually influenced the product. So much better than, say, having Hulk Hogan act all heroic and whatnot and making the match, and not as anticlimactic. It was meant as a feel-good moment.

Better than cat pictures any day of the week.

Better than cat pictures any day of the week.

So, how this will all pan out depends, but for the moment I’m more than happy to take a “wait and see” approach. As much as I don’t watch WWE, one of my mates is getting Wrestlemania XXX, and so I will be joining him and will watch events unfold. So yes, even I shall wait and see.

What I don’t get is why fans are so against this. Sure, numerous reasons abound, but none of them really make any sense.

And neither do their senses of foreboding.

“HHH buries people!” is a common cry.

I mean that literally.

I mean that literally.

So… he has set this up just to beat Bryan, bury him, and to swerve or screw with the fans, who he is suddenly pandering to with his booking decisions? What? That makes less sense than the Great Gazoo.

Another complaint is that Daniel Bryan is “too small” to be the face of the company.

Daniel Bryan (check before posting)

Daniel Bryan
(check before posting)

Odd, considering Eddie Guerrero is still much-loved as a wrestler and former world champion, and yet he’s the same height. Hmmm… Look, while size and musculature are the sorts of things are the sorts of things that used to set wrestlers apart, footballers and baseballers have reached the same ridiculous extremes.

And then there is UFC. Ever watch those in the lighter weight categories fight? Daniel Bryan is bigger. Want to face a UFC middleweight? UFC has taught us that bigger isn’t necessary better, and that small definitely isn’t weak.

Go on, you take him on. I'll watch.

Go on, you take him on. I’ll watch.

And finally, it is said that the fans are too fickle and don’t know what they want.

Yeah, okay, you’d almost have to give them this one. The problem is that there are two sorts of fans – hardcore, lifelong fans who watch the product no matter what and buy the occasional DVDs and PPVs, and the newer (possibly more casual) fans who accept a lot of what the WWE has force-fed them and buy the merch. Lots and lots of merch.

"Dad! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme!" "No."

“Dad! Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme!”
“No.”

The WWE knows that the majority of hardcore fans will stay with them, while the casual fans probably won’t, so they cater to the casual fans more in order to extract as much money as possible from them before losing them.

Kindling in the McMahon household.

Kindling in the McMahon household.

Daniel Bryan has been a wonder because both sets of fans seem to like him. Hardcore fans like him because of his skill in the ring; casual fans like him because he has this cool “Yes!” thing going.

And then there are those who hate him because… well, they just need to be contrary, I think. I’ve never understood it myself.

"I just hate him, okay? Leave me alone!"

“I just hate him, okay? Leave me alone!”

Okay, there you go, my Daniel Bryan column. Comments, etc can be left below, and if you truly disagree and want to fight me over it (as I’ve noticed more and more often in various online communities)… get a life.

 

 

(Have you checked out my writing blog yet? Why not? Hmmm? Warning – it is about, you know, writing.)

 

 
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HTC’s Wrestling Pulsecast – WrestleMania Trivia http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/13/htcs-wrestling-pulsecast-wrestlemania-trivia/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/13/htcs-wrestling-pulsecast-wrestlemania-trivia/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:06:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165481 HTC Wrestling Pulsecast

Justin Czerwonka and Matthew Harrak battle it out, WrestleMania Trivia-style! The “Wrestling Wife” makes a guest appearance as Justin & Matt test each other’s pro-wrestling knowledge all in the hopes of bragging rights and a shiny new gold (Mattel) championship belt!

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THE RAGER! – The Great Repair (Daniel Bryan, HHH, Batista) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/12/the-rager-the-great-repair-daniel-bryan-hhh-batista/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/12/the-rager-the-great-repair-daniel-bryan-hhh-batista/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:00:59 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165428 Daniel Bryan is making it really difficult to have a wrestling column that doesn’t focus only on him every single week. This week seems a bit unavoidable with the big announcement that he will get his match against HHH at Wrestlemania 30. Not only that but Daniel Bryan will be added to the championship main event if he is successful against HHH earlier in the night.

Obviously nobody believes that this is exactly what WWE had intended when they left DB out of the Royal Rumble. The main evidence to support that would be that this was prior to CM Punk splitting and still going with the idea of him facing HHH at WM30. WWE had to have known that there would be fallout with the fans over DB not being included, I believe they just thought that anger would be aimed at Authority and not so much at their Rumble winner. To be fair, I wasn’t expected all that Batista backlash either, especially with him being such a returning big name because it takes a lot of effort (Chris Jericho) to make the fans boo returning nostalgic legends. But what if Roman Reigns had won instead? I can’t imagine fans being as nearly as outraged if that happened. Sure, they wouldn’t be thrilled that it wasn’t DB but I can’t imagine Reigns getting boo’d out of the building if he was standing as the Rumble winner.

Anyways, WWE made a big mistake not even including Bryan in the Rumble and I feel like that was a conclusion we realized immediately, let alone the fact that his momentum dictated that he be the only choice to win the match altogether. But the fans essentially turned Batista heel on their own and I don’t believe WWE wanted a heel vs heel match to close out the show. At this point, allow me to express how impressed I am that WWE resisted their urges to throw Cena in the championship match, we all know they were thinking it. What WWE did on Monday was right a wrong that they made back in January and surprised us all by doing so.

I was honestly growing concerned that DB’s championship chances were growing slimmer with each passing Raw because Bryan kept repeating his demand of “giving the people what they want” in reference to a match against HHH and then the crowd responded with cheers as I sat in my living room with my arms crossed and angry because that’s not at all what I want. Of course, it’s impossible to get the fans to oppose anything that Daniel Bryan says right now. If he really wanted to, I’m sure he could make the crowd in favor of the holocaust at this point. It just made me feel bad because it was obvious that good guy Bryan Danielson was simply being a good company man and running with what the company was giving him.

Over the past few weeks, Bryan didn’t mention anything that had to do with the championship match. Matter of fact, there’s hardly been any mention of Batista or Orton at all which added to my surprise when Daniel Bryan added that to his demands during his occupy segment. So WWE did what they were suppose to do and ended up finding a way to surprise us all in the process. It’s like WWE is that petulant child that is suppose to take out the garbage every week but refuses to do it. Then one day, the child actually does take out the trash on their own and then cleans their room without being told to do so. Congrats on doing what you were suppose to do all along. Is it obvious that I’m not a parent?

Obviously we can’t get too excited because there is that first hurdle Bryan must jump over and that’s beating HHH, especially when you know Trips keeps that shovel handy at all times. However, I feel like there’s at least a 85% chance that DB wins because that’s obviously the more interesting story line going into the main event, right? WWE knows exactly how something like this can elevate a top face to full-on hero status after pulling off the same thing with Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 10. Now when Bryan gets into the main event, that’s where it gets really difficult in predicting because, again, WWE has a history of giving into the temptation of putting their top belt(s) on a guy with big movies coming out BUT, Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t coming out until the summer. So WWE could go ahead and have Bryan win at WM30 and have Batista leave for a little bit (maybe like a month) and then comes back to team up with Bryan when he gets in a jam. Bryan eventually drops the belt due to shenanigans and a newly faced Batista wins it in time for Guardians’ release and WWE gets all the press they could possibly hope for.

Wishful thinking, I know. But realistically, I think Batista and Bryan both have a 50% chance of winning the championship match, let Orton do something else for a while after he loses his rematch at Extreme Rules.

All-in-all, well done to the WWE for making me interested in this year’s Wrestlemania for reasons beyond that it’s Wrestlemania. As long as Bryan gets past HHH, we’re guaranteed a decent show. Bryan wins and we’ll be looking at a great show.

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

The Answer: I wanna be this guy when I grow up.
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CB’s Slant: Daniel Bryan Occupies Raw as WWE Finally Calls the WrestleMania XXX Audible They Needed http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/11/cbs-slant-daniel-bryan-occupies-raw-as-wwe-finally-calls-the-wrestlemania-xxx-audible-they-needed/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/11/cbs-slant-daniel-bryan-occupies-raw-as-wwe-finally-calls-the-wrestlemania-xxx-audible-they-needed/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:19:09 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165412 On WWE Monday Night Raw 03.10.2014, Daniel Bryan finally got what he wanted at WrestleMania 30:

But not only did Bryan get the match with Triple H that he wanted, he also got the stipulation for that match that WE wanted:

If Daniel Bryan beats HHH on the biggest stage of them all, he will then get his shot against Randy Orton and Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

CB’s Slant: While I am thrilled to see Daniel Bryan finally get what he deserves, I still think it’s funny how WWE took FOREVER to come around on this.

The most logical and credible booking still would have been to have Bryan win the Royal Rumble in the first place, which would have been so much easier for them to book.

But hey, at least we will finally get the main event that we deserve, and while it was 3rd and long, the audible they finally called just might make WrestleMania XXX a touchdown after all.

That’s all from me — CB.
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RAGER’S 10 Thoughts: WWE Raw 3.10.14 (Daniel Bryan, The Shield, More Daniel Bryan) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/11/ragers-10-thoughts-wwe-raw-3-10-14-daniel-bryan-the-shield-more-daniel-bryan/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/11/ragers-10-thoughts-wwe-raw-3-10-14-daniel-bryan-the-shield-more-daniel-bryan/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:22:16 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165408 1. I really dig the 30 man battle royal addition to the WM30 card and making it mean more than a one-off meaningless match before the show starts. It gets a lot more guys on the card and possibly makes this new Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy almost like King of the Ring as far as prestige and possibly starting a new tradition. Wrestlemania has badly need something to fill the void that Money the Bank left behind after it got it’s own pay per view, this might do the trick. But let’s not get too carried away because I’m convinced Big Show is going to win this.

2. Real American split is furthering to the point of Zeb reaching his limit and Jack Swagger gets pre-buried by Cesaro using a 5th grader’s ultimate weapon, the tight grip handshake. Those kids were always jerks…

3. Can’t help but feel like this was a wasted appearance by Undertaker and as much as I love him and Heyman, all they did was talk in circles. At least they could come up with some reason as to why Undertaker decided to fight Lesnar. Also, we’re still waiting on whatever Undertaker was going to announce. Does Heyman have amnesia powers?

4. CoDust is a fun tag team to watch almost every time they have a match but they seem to put in a bigger effort against Shield. Funny how the Shield is able to do that with most of their opponents. Also, Roman seems to have messed up the spear for the first time but given all the awesome he’s given us in such a short time, I’m willing to let this one slide.

5. Where do I begin with Daniel Bryan on this edition of Raw? I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes at first at the whole “Occupy Raw” thing because the occupy movement was about as useful as a time-travel sit-in (What do we want? “Time travel!” When do we want it? “That’s irrelevant!”) but the visual of filling up the ring and around the ring with DB supporters was a great one and served it’s purpose to force HHH’s hand. Bryan got his match and my response was basically “alright, fair enough…no surprise there.” And at the very least, we got to see the return of screamy Steph and that does something to me that I don’t feel comfortable talking about in a public forum. But then Daniel Bryan continued with another demand that made me throw my hands up as if to signal a touchdown. HHH confirmed (with a RAGE) that it was a deal and DB would be added to the main event if he beat HHH. At that point (with arms still raised), I stood to my feet and exclaimed loudly, “It’s happening!” I’ll hand it to WWE, they’re fixing a rough situation that originated at the end of Royal Rumble and color me impressed. However, let’s hold back on expectations right now because I’m sure HHH always keeps an emergency shovel in a glass case that’s dying to be broken.

6. Another Sheamus vs Christian match. Worst. Follow-up. Segment. Ever. To be fair, the Bryan segment easily could’ve ended any Raw and it felt a bit odd that it was done at the 10pm hour and it no following segment really had a chance. Sheamus and Christian could’ve had a great match (they didn’t) and no one would’ve cared. It’s safe to say that anything short of a surprise CM Punk return would’ve failed following DB’s ultimatum.

7. It’s only been a few weeks but I’m already tired of Lana’s voice and ready for Rusev to finally start wrestling. Her voice is like Vickie’s but with an accent, high pitched and about as comforting as a needle under your toenails.

8. Lost in all the shuffle of Bryan’s ultimatum was Sandow almost getting a match. That guy is still trying to recover from the MitB cash-in.

9. Cena vs Wyatt was confirmed for Wrestlemania 30 but not before Cena committed himself to Hogan’s 30-man battle royal. Making promises to the elderly only to immediately cancel on them #NotAFace.

10. Did that tag team main event even matter after all that had happened? It seemed more to try and remind people that Orton and Batista still existed. To be honest, my attention was drawn elsewhere because viewing companions were more interested in looking up an old college classmate that use to drive us insane and constantly tried to argue with/stump the professor. Turns out the guy is still a jerk, who knew? Daniel Bryan ended the show standing tall, which seemed to be the real important thing to take away from this episode of Raw.

Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do twice,
Chris
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results for 3/10/14: Hulk Hogan Announcement http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/10/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-31014-hulk-hogan-announcement/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/10/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-31014-hulk-hogan-announcement/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:20:08 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165388 The WWE continues on the Road to Wrestlemania tonight. The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan both have announcements to make. I’d put good money on Taker announcing a stipulation for his match. Hulk? Who knows. Also scheduled is John Cena vs Erik Rowan. To quote Tony Schiavone, “That’ll put some butts in the seats.”

It’s The WWE’s Way Of Re-Doing The Royal Rumble

Hulk Hogan came out to start the show. He talked about watching some of his old Wrestlemania matches on the WWE Network. He talked about how he still gets goosebumps watching him slam Andre the Giant. He said that gave him a great idea. He said he came up with a 30 man over the top rope battle royal for Wrestlemania, and the winner gets the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

John Cena then decided to come out. Cena said he likes being in a ring with the energy like the crowd has. Cena said it was an honor to be in the ring with Hogan. Cena said he was going nuts watching Hulk slam Andre at Wrestlemania 3 while he watched it at home. But he knew at that point Hulkamania would live forever. John Cena said he was entering the battle royal. But the Wyatts interrupted.

Bray said that the virtues Hulk Hogan talks about would do no one any good. Bray called Cena and Hogan liars and they prey on the vulnerability of others. Bray said that if Cena looks him straight in the eye he will see a god. Cena said he doesn’t see a god, he sees a homeless man and then sang and said Bray found his chair at cracker barrel. Cena said if he wants to be something than Bray should prove it. Cena challenged Bray for a match at Wrestlemania. Bray said it is all fun and games for him and he will never learn. Rowan and Harper stared down Hogan and Cena on the apron as they went to commercial.

Back from break, Cena vs Erik Rowan had already started. Rowan hit a pump handle slam into a backbreaker for two. Cena tried a comeback but Rowan caught him and hit a fallaway slam. Cena moved out of the way of a splash in the corner, but Rowan caught Cena again and went to a bearhug. Rowan released the hold and hit a bodyslam. Rowan went for a running bulldog but Cena escaped and went with a schoolboy roll up to score the win.

WINNER: John Cena

After the match Rowan and Harper stood on the apron again and teased a battle with Cena and Hogan. Bray told them to back off and they did. Hulk and Cena celebrated in the ring.

Someone Should Tell Stephanie She’s A B+ Promo

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon came out. She said last week Daniel Bryan viciously attacked her husband and that was grounds for determination. She said they apologize and there is a following for the Daniel Bryan brand. Not an A+ following like Batista, Randy Orton or HHH but a nice niche following. She said as long as Daniel Bryan returns the favor and apologizes to HHH. She said her husband is above Daniel Bryan and would never fight him at Wrestlemania.

From A Writer’s Perspective, I Wish The Usos Had Their Names Somewhere On Their Gear

It’s The Usos vs Rybaxel with the New Age Outlaws on commentary. Jimmy caught Ryback with an armdrag takedown then he tagged in Curtis Axel who got caught with a nasty looking uppercut. Axel took down Jimmy Uso and he went kind of hard into the ropes face first. Ryback hit a splash in the ring then tagged in Axel. Jimmy escaped a backdrop and tagged in Jey. Jey hit a couple clotheslines then a Samoan Drop on Axel. Jey ducked a Ryback clothesline then hit the butt splash on Axel followed by a superkick to Ryback, then another to Axel. Jey did the dive to the outside on Ryback while tagging Jimmy. Jimmy hit the splash off the top for the win.

WINNERS: The Usos

Kane talked to The Shield and said they have proved to be a valuable asset in the past and wants to see if they are still one, or if they have become disposable. Kane said the first cracks on appeared once they lost to the Rhodes Brothers, so Reigns and Rollins will face them again. Seth asked if Kane was trying to deflect the attention away from his recent losses. Ambrose said they will get rid of the demon he’s talking about. Reigns said just like anything else that gets in their way.

Maybe Zeb Should Settle International Affairs Too

It’s Big E vs Jack Swagger. Swagger backed Big E into the corner and landed some knees. Big E reversed Swagger and landed a couple shots to the gut in the corner and then some corner punches. But Swagger stopped that and slammed down Big E and followed up with a clothesline. Swagger caught Big E with a boot to the face for two. Swagger landed some more punches and boots but Big E started a comeback. He landed a couple clotheslines and shoulder tackles but Swagger caught Big E with a chop block. Zeb tried getting Cesaro to interfere but he refused and said Swagger told him that he’s got this. Swagger yelled at Cesaro, which allowed Big E to roll up Swagger and pick up the win.

WINNER: Big E

Cesaro and Swagger stood toe to toe after. Zeb went nuts and said he was getting sick of all of this and he’s had enough. Zeb told both of them to shake hands and they reluctantly did. Cesaro held on tight and wouldn’t let go for a few seconds.

The Entrance Felt Longer Than The Promo

The Undertaker came out. Before he could say anything, Paul Heyman came on stage. Heyman talked about Taker’s Streak. He said Shawn Michaels didn’t win two Wrestlemania matches in a row. Hulk Hogan could never get past three. Steve Austin and John Cena only got to four in a row. He said Taker has 21 consecutive victories in 21 straight matches. He asked Taker to not step in the ring wit Brock Lesnar. Heyman said everyone needs something to worship and the WWE Universe worships The Streak. And Brock Lesnar is the reality that will cause the dream of The Streak to come crashing down. Heyman said Taker needs to fear Lesnar because if he steps in the ring with his client at Wrestlemania 30, The Streak will be conquered by Brock Lesnar.

Taker said since Heyman is Brock Lesnar’s message boy, he had a message for him. Taker said the fear of the unknown is the greatest fear of them all. Taker said to tell Lesnar that if he shows up in New Orleans at Wrestlemania 30, he will Rest in Peace.

Is It Wrong That I Don’t Want The Shield To Break Up?

It’s the Rhodes Brothers vs Rollins and Reigns. Rollins and Cody started. Rollins caught Cody with a kick to the gut and landed some more kicks in the corner. Cody came back and held Seth in the air for a while before hitting a suplex. Goldust came in and got some offense in before Seth caught him with an elbow. Goldust threw Rollins into the corner then hit a backdrop. Cody came in and threw Seth hard into the corner. Cody grabbed Seth’s legs but Seth flipped up and landed on his feet then threw Cody into the turnbuckle. Reigns came in and worked Cody over. Rollins came back in and hit a punch off the top followed by a knee to the face. Reigns came in and missed a splash in the corner, allowing Cody to tag in Goldust. Goldust caught Reigns with a right hand then a spinebuster. Goldust caught Reigns with an elbow then Rollins with a kick and hit a crossbody off the top. Both Shield members were thrown to the outside and Cody hit a dive off the top while Goldust hit a Senton off the apron into commercial.

Back from break Reigns caught Goldust with a suplex followed by a clothesline. Rollins came in and went to a headlock. Rollins released it and hit a splash. Reigns tagged in and hit his apron dropkick. Reigns taunted Goldust, but Goldust tried fighting back but Reigns took him down again. Rollins came in and hit a short clothesline. Goldust fought out of a wrist lock, but Rollins came back with an enziguri kick to the head. Reigns came  back in and hit a clothesline in the corner, but when he went for a second one Goldust hit a powerslam. Rollins stopped the tag, but Goldust kicked him away and tagged in Cody.

Cody went for a quick roll up. He escaped a backdrop and caught Reigns with a Disaster Kick then a moonsult onto Rollins for two. Cody hit a MuscleBuster on Rollins but Reigns broke up the pin. Goldust knocked him out of the Reigns as Cody and Seth hit heads. Reigns came back in and Speared Goldust, but was then tossed out of the ring by Cody. Seth escaped the Cross Rhodes. Cody went for the Disaster Kick but Rollins caught him and hit his Buckle Bomb, tossing Cody into the corner. Rollins then hit the Curb Stomp finisher for the win.

WINNERS: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns

The Bella Twins beat AJ Lee and Tamina after Nikki hit a Torture Rack Backbreaker on AJ to pick up the win. After the match, Nikki held the Divas Title as Natalya looked on from the apron.

The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

Daniel Bryan came out. He said Stephanie McMahon’s apology was not sincere. He said he wasn’t going to apologize for kicking HHH in the face. He said if HHH is going to send people down to get in his face and Pedigree him, he is not going to back down. He will fight. Bryan said he refused to apologize. Bryan said it ends here tonight. He said HHH is not listening to any of us but tonight that will change. Bryan said tonight the YES Movement was going to occupy RAW. Bryan said he isn’t leaving the ring until he gets a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania. Bryan said he was not alone. And suddenly, a handful of fans in Daniel Bryan shirts started to enter the ring.

Back from break the ring was filled with and surrounded by fans in Bryan shirts. Triple H and Stephanie came out. Triple H said they had 30 seconds to clear the ring before they get arrested. HHH then wanted security. Bryan said what if everyone leaves and they have an empty arena for the rest of RAW. Security came out but it was just two bald guys and they refused to do anything. Stephanie said they were all being manipulated by Bryan and he was the wrong horse to back. Bryan said that they continue to under-estimate the audience. Bryan said they own this ring. Triple H said this ends now and asked for the next match to start.

Damien Sandow’s music played. Bryan asked him to join the YES Movement and enter the ring. Sandow instead just walked away. Triple H yelled at him. Steph took the mic and said to not disprespect RAW. Steph said everything there was hers and she owns it all. She screamed to everyone to get out. Bryan continued to egg on HHH and said he wouldn’t leave until he got his match. Triple H said he liked Bryan and he tried to protect him. HHH said he didn’t want to fight Bryan to protect himself, but now he will do everything he can to end Bryan. HHH accepted Bryan’s challenge. Bryan said that isn’t all he wants. He said that these people also want to see him in the WWE Title match. Bryan said that if he beats Triple H at Wrestlemania, he wants to be added to the WWE Title match. Triple H tried storming the ring but security stopped him. Triple H said if that’s what he wants he’s got it.

Are They Trying To Break A Streak With These Two?

It’s Christian vs Sheamus in a Memphis Street Fight. Christian ducked a Brogue Kick and landed some right hands, but Sheamus came back and clotheslined Christian over the top. Sheamus tossed Christian into the barricade then slammed him a couple times on the announce table. Sheamus tried hitting Christian with a guitar but Christian ducked and it smashed on the ringpost. Christian caught Sheamus with a kick then hit him a couple times in the gut with the guitar. Sheamus reversed Christian and tossed him into the steps. They fought up the ramp and Christian pushed Sheamus to the floor then hit a tornado DDT onto the floor.

Back from break Sheamus went into the ringpost and Christian grabbed a Singapore cane. Christian hit Sheamus about ten times in the back with it. Sheamus moved out of the way of a cane shot in the corner, but Christian took him out with a boot to the gut. Christian went for a cane shot off the top but Sheamus caught him off the ropes. Sheamus hit a couple axe handles and then a rolling senton for two. Sheamus landed his rope punches then some Singapore cane shots of his own, followed by White Noise for two. Sheamus readied for a Brogue Kick but Christian bailed. Sheamus pulled Christian into the apron. Sheamus hit the Irish Curse backbreaker off the steps then threw four chairs in the ring followed by the bass from the drum set that was set up on the outside. Christian caught Sheamus with a kick to the face then hit a splash off the top with a chair on Sheamus, but only got two. Christian grabbed the bass drum, but Sheamus hit a Brogue Kick threw the drum to pick up the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage Orton and Batista were asking Brad Maddox where Stephanie and HHH were. They left. Orton said to Batista they should put aside their differences to take care of Bryan. Batista just walked away.

Alexander Rusev and Lana did another promo.

The Wyatts appeared on screen interrupting a Hulk Hogan recap. Bray said Cena is like Hogan, two men so self-absorbed that they refuse to let it go. Bray said challenging him was the most foolish thing Cena could do. Bray accepted and said Cena is the one who has everything to lose.

Daniel Bryan Stands Tall. Wait What?

Main event time. Orton and Bryan started with Bryan tossing Orton to the outside and hitting a dive into a very early commercial. Back from break Orton caught Bryan with a kick to the gut then tagged in Batista. Batista landed some shoulders to the gut. Batista landed some more punches then tagged in Orton. Orton and Bryan exchanged punches and headbutts before Orton hit a powerslam for two. Batista came back in and hit a suplex. Batista tossed Bryan into the corner but Bryan caught him with a boot, but Batista came back with a clothesline. Orton hit a headbutt but missed a knee drop. Bryan tagged in Big Show. He hit a sidewalk slam on Batista. Orton tried distracting Big Show and he dropped Big Show on the ropes and Batista hit a chop block. Batista went for a Batista Bomb but Show hit a backdrop.

Both men made tags as Bryan hit a clothesline and knocked Batista off the apron. Bryan hit his chest kicks followed by a kick to the head for two. Bryan went to the top but he missed his headbutt. Bryan reversed a roll up into the YES Lock but Batista broke it up. Big Show caught Batista with a boot but Orton hit Show with the RKO. Batista went to Spear Bryan but Bryan moved and Speared Orton. Bryan hit the running knee on Batista, but Orton moved out of the way of one. Orton hit his middle rope DDT. Bryan countered the RKO with a backslide for two. Bryan ducked a clothesline then hit the Running Knee on Orton to pick up the win.

WINNERS: Daniel Bryan and Big Show

WHAT I LIKED

Occupy RAW: I like seeing new things done on RAW and that was a smart way for Daniel Bryan to get everything that he wanted. I didn’t think that the WWE would go all the way with Bryan being put in the Title match but kudos to them for doing it. It may not have happened the way Daniel Bryan fans wanted it to happen, but the WWE did the right thing here. They couldn’t do Batista vs Orton in a singles match and now it looks like they won’t. Triple H and Steph both played their parts well in all of this.

The Shield vs Rhodes Brothers: As I said above, is it wrong that I don’t want The Shield to break up?Another one of those scenarios where a brief face fun would be nice and just when you think everything is good, a turn happens. These two teams had another good match. Wasn’t as good as Battleground, but of course that had a good story built in. The Shield continue their run of good matches.

Sheamus vs Christian: Last week may have been a bit of a bore but this was a fun brawl tonight. I still don’t know how these two would fight again at Mania. But they made a good use of the weapons that were given to them and the finishing spot was nicely done.

Paul Heyman/Undertaker Promo: A minor plus. But I like what they did here with Heyman warning The Undertaker of what is in store for him.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Cena On Wyatts: A minor miss. I didn’t like Cena not really taking Bray seriously and making a corny joke at him, followed by the singing. At least Bray followed up with singing of his own in his promo.

Big E’s Use: I’m to believe the WWE sees Big E as a future star in the company. But he is being used as a second fiddle to the break-up of the Real Americans. And that is once again de-valuing the Intercontinental Title. It could be a little better for Big E and I fear the fans will lose interest in him quickly.

I really liked this RAW. A couple of solid matches and a unique moment with Daniel Bryan and the OccupyRAW Movement. The show pretty much set the big matches for Wrestlemania and now we can start to fill out the rest of the card. I’m giving the show an 8.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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Classy Ring Attire 110 – So Chicago Happened… http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/08/classy-ring-attire-110-so-chicago-happened/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/08/classy-ring-attire-110-so-chicago-happened/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:50:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165287 Weather has had a delay on the podcast this week, but it can’t knock us out for good. So we finally bring you the Classy Ring Attire reaction to the Chicago episode of Raw that we were all hanging our hopes on to save the Road to WrestleMania XXX. Did it succeed? Well, why would I tell you that here? Listen to the Podcast!
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THE RAGER! Wrestlemania 30: The Rest of the Card (Shield, Big E, The Usos) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/05/the-rager-wrestlemania-30-the-rest-of-the-card-shield-big-e-the-usos/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/05/the-rager-wrestlemania-30-the-rest-of-the-card-shield-big-e-the-usos/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:00:22 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165202 So we’re about 30 days away from Wrestlemania 30 and the top of the card is taking shape. So far, the matches being officially listed as of right now is the championship match of Randy Orton vs Batista and Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar. That’s 3 part-timers in 2 matches which frees up the rest of the card for more full-time members of the roster. That leaves roughly 7 or more matches to fill the rest of the card. What will the rest of the card look like? Let’s take some wild guesses, shall we?

Daniel Bryan vs HHH:
This match is pretty much a lock barring any new developments or other factors. That also takes care of HHH, the last of the part-timers getting involved this year (that we know of). The only change I can see being made is, by some miracle, WWE comes to their senses and add DB to the championship match. It makes sense considering that the match now stands as a heel vs heel match that will leave their show ending with boos, which will just be a repeat of the end of last year’s Wrestlemania, something I’m hoping WWE doesn’t want. Of course the easiest solution to that would be to end the show with Taker vs Brock because there’s no way Brock is gonna break the streak. And if DB does get moved, what will that mean for HHH? Easy answer is Big Show because WWE is going to find a reason to put him on the show and I’d rather stick him in a match that I don’t care about and is far away from the championship scene.

John Cena vs Bray Wyatt:
Another lock for the card even though I really would much rather see Wyatts vs Shield III in a cell instead but obviously the Shield split is beginning and besides, I’m really digging this so far. As I stated in 10 Thoughts yesterday, this really feels like what “Embrace the Hate” should’ve been if Kane was a promo mastermind like Bray is. This elevates a rising monster while at the same time keeping Cena on the card and doing something actually interesting rather than being thrown into the highest profile match.

Something with the Shield:
With Seth bailing on his Shieldmates this past Raw, the end of the Shield seems uber nigh. With Seth naturally being the glue that’s been holding this team together, it’s completely logical that they now fall apart. I think this was a smart way to set up a triple threat match at WM30 but apparently that’s an indicator that a triple threat championship match won’t happen. Regardless of the indicators, I highly endorse this match because there’s no way Shield goes out with a whimper. I understand this means the death of something we’ve all cherished dearly for over a year but we all knew the end was coming, might as well make it bad ass.

Tag titles:
The tag division has enjoyed a resurgence over the past year and a half so it makes sense that the title is defended at WM30. Usos are your recently crowned champs and New Age Outlaws have postponed their rematch so why not postpone it to the big show? Perhaps add some names to the match like CoDust. However, with WWE’s fear of multiple things in threes, we might need to add a fourth tag team. I may hate it but I’d rather see Curtis Axel and Ryback instead of Los Matadores.

Mid-Card Belts:
Of course, the US Championship’s involvement depends on what WWE decides to do with Shield but I really would love for WWE to actually do a title unification/double title ladder match that they were apparently considering last year. I mean, WWE made that nifty double-title holder for TLC, might as well use it again, right?
There should be a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship, at the very least, especially if WWE is gonna stick with Money in the Bank having it’s own pay per view. Also, it serves as the match that puts a larger number of people on the show. I’m thinking Big E, Cesaro, Jack Swagger (instead of having a Real American break-up match), Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Christian and Sheamus (because we don’t need to see them face each other again).

Divas Championship:
AJ has been running through the Total Divas cast for months now so I’m guessing that’ll come to an end at some point to give the show some sort of high point. Obviously, if AJ were to lose her championship to anybody, I’d hope it would be Natalya or maybe even Brie or Naomi. Anybody else would be a joke…not saying the Divas division is all that serious to begin with.

The Nothing Match:
Fandango and Summer Rae vs Santino and Emma. You always need a light nothing match to kinda mix things up a bit. Besides, you know there will be a moment where Hulk comes out to fix some sort of shady shenanigans. Fandango hits a cheap shot and then the top rope leg drop for the pin. Hulk’s music hits, points a finger, slam and leg drop. Might as well happen.

Kick-off Match:
Either a big battle royal or Alberto Del Rio vs Sin Cara because it’s happened on every other show, might as well do it one more time at Wrestlemania before Del Rio rides off in the sunset.

So THE RAGER’s month-early card looks like:

WWEWHC match: Randy Orton vs Batista (vs Daniel Bryan, possibly)
Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar
HHH vs Daniel Bryan (or Big Show if above happens)
John Cena vs Bray Wyatt
Roman Reigns vs Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (possibly for the US Championship)
Tag Team Championship 4-Way: Usos vs NAOs vs CoDust vs CurBack
IC Ladder Match: Big E vs Cesaro vs Jack Swagger vs Miz vs Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler vs Christian vs Sheamus
DC Match: AJ vs Natalya
Fandango & Summer Rae vs Santino & Emma
Kickoff: Battle Royal (seems most likely)

That’s 9 matches with a kickoff, seems pretty reasonable to me. Thoughts? What does your card look like thus far?

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

The Answer: Thomas the Dank Engine
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The View From Down Here – What’s the Hubbub, Bub? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/04/the-view-from-down-here-whats-the-hubbub-bub/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/04/the-view-from-down-here-whats-the-hubbub-bub/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:24:38 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165187 I said I might be back, but it’s not in any way, shape or form a regular thing.

What have I done this year? Some wrestling parodies that got me a heap of emails with people sending me their own, ranging from the very good (‘Zeb the Faux Grand Dragon’ by Jay Hillard – bravo, sir) to the downright crap (two people who sent me parodies entitled ‘WWE Bites The Dust’… guys, it doesn’t even scan!), and a heap of vitriol for wasting the time and space on the site (thanks, oh confident and wise internet user ‘Sheet’ who hides behind an anonymous name like any… meh, why bother; it’s like talking to goats, it really is). I’ve updated some news on JJ’s new wrestling promotion, and I wrote a column about 5 PPVs you should track down on the new network. Oh, I also comment here and there.

But I shouldn’t.

You see, I have put my money where my mouth is.

Yeah... something like that... sure (from TVrage.com)

Yeah… something like that… sure
(from TVrage.com)

I am not happy with the direction of the WWE in storyline or main eventers (although I like that Daniel Bryan is in the main event, albeit as everyone’s whipping boy at the moment; and, yes he is in the main event. How many more shows does he have to be in the end of for him to be considered main event by everyone?) and the recycling of yet another authority figure angle.

 

This is supposed to apply to consumables... not overused storylines. (from umass.edu)

This is supposed to apply to consumables… not overused storylines.
(from umass.edu)

I was also not happy with some of the production. The Michael Bay-ing of their camera shots, zooming in with kicks, shaky-cam stuff. This is wrestling, not Hollywood. And speaking for some-one who has seen too many of the WWE’s filmic attempts, it’s definitely not Hollywood. Nothing WWE does is Hollywood.

And I was really unhappy with the women’s wrestling. Again, as some-one who has watched Shine and Shimmer, I knew that the USA had some great female talents. I also knew there were some talents on the WWE payroll. But what we got was more AJ, who outstayed her welcome after, oh I don’t know, a month, and others who people claim have improved, but, then again, some people claim that the Twilight books improved as well… but being less shit than before is still being shit.

In the midst of all this, I grew so put off by TNA - as did my son – that getting rid of that bit of watching was not a strain. Especially after AJ Styles left. But that show was giving me a headache, watching so much talent go to waste and watching people like The Bromans, Anderson and EC3 being pushed at the expense of people with ability.

This is why we can't have TNA in the house anymore. (from news.open2view.com)

This is why we can’t have TNA in the house anymore.
(from news.open2view.com)

I watched the Rumble… Was underwhelmed. No, it wasn’t terrible or bad, just… meh. But I always watch the Rumble. And then there was this Rumble from Japan:

 It’s an hour and a half long, so if you’ve got time…

This actually brings me to my point, but I won’t go there just yet. More whingeing first.

You see, I also live in a country that won’t get the WWE Network for at least a year, probably longer. The regulations here – and an incoming Internet filter – are just ridiculous. When it comes to old stuff, I think I have copies through old tape trading days and friends in the US of nearly every PPV from WWF/E, WCW and ECW (and most of TNA as well, though that doesn’t count) up to 2010. Old Raws, etc don’t interest me (though I do have a copy of Raw is Owen), so actually the Network only has one thing to keep me enthralled – NXT.

Guess what, I can’t get NXT here any longer either. I saw Arrival (thanks Travis! – who sent me a copy on USB) and thought it was the best WWE PPV (they called it a PPV… but is it a PPV when you don’t Pay to View?) show I’ve seen in ages. That was the first time I’d seen a full NXT show, and what I’ve missed out on is clearly my own stupid fault.

Yes, I fail this bad.

Yes, I fail this bad.

 Okay, my point. So many commentators out there are saying that the WWE isn’t giving the people what they want. They say they aren’t happy, they say they want to be entertained their way and yet the WWE is giving them Randy ‘Boring as Batshit’ Orton and Dave ‘In It For The Movie Roles’ Ba(u)tista as their Wrestlemania main event. They say that there’s too much HHH and that nothing makes sense.

And they still watch.

Why?

Just so they can complain? Really?

That's about the size of it. (from kayfabenews.com)

That’s about the size of it.
(from kayfabenews.com)

 But, they invariably say, we like wrestling. What else is there to watch?

Well, I can’t feel good about myself if I recommend TNA (and I’m not just saying that because they rejected my job application, but it has led to some other interesting prospects in the USA… not bad for a guy from the arse-end of the universe*), so I won’t.

Nyah nyah nyah. (from coachella.com)

Nyah nyah nyah.
(from coachella.com)

 But I’ve got into ROH and DragonGate. I’ve discovered a bit of Puroresu. I’m actually looking forward to Jarrett’s new promotion. (No, really.) The local scene here has been off my radar for a while, partly due to the politics of some of the people involved, and partly because if I can’t do it, then I am having trouble watching people not as good as I was (and I was shit).

I don’t need WWE. I still like wrestling. ROH’s latest PPV I got on some sort of internet video on demand thing that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg and, apart from one or 2 matches, kept me thoroughly entertained. My son watches the old DVDs and VCR video tapes, and there’s enough there for him. He’s recently discovered In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede and the main event. I have no issue with that at all.

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

How could anyone get tired of watching this?!

So why do we still have people wanting to “riot”, “hijack”, “take-over”, “demand” or whatever the WWE’s shows? Stop watching! It will hit their bottom line, their hip-pocket, and that’s the only thing they’ll listen to. But, you see, at the moment they don’t care that you hate the product because

YOU

ARE

STILL

WATCHING

THE

PRODUCT!

Oh well. I’m NOT watching their product. I’m not missing their product. ROH and my video collection will do us just fine. They want me back, and my family, and the friends that family could turn onto this (as my son’s friends love the wrestling video collection here… most of them just love the concept of a video as half have never seen one of them before either… modern technology – you suck), then they need to give us wrestling (not just one good match per Raw), storylines that make sense and less guys hired because they were relevent half a decade or more ago.

Oh well. That’s where I stand.

 

 

 

 

*If any other wrestling bodies need a writer, drop me a line. I reckon I can easily juggle another one – or 2 – in there. Here’s my writing blog. [/shameless_plug]
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My Thoughts on Raw 3.3.14 (Daniel Bryan, Batista, Triple H, Paul Heyman, The Shield) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/my-thoughts-on-raw-3-3-14-daniel-bryan-batista-triple-h-paul-heyman-the-shield/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/my-thoughts-on-raw-3-3-14-daniel-bryan-batista-triple-h-paul-heyman-the-shield/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:25:00 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165181 WWE Raw 11-13 Header

1. I love the way they kicked off Raw. The WWE knew CM Punk was going to be an issue. That’s been obvious for a week (or even more) now. By having such an influential “CM Punk” guy in Paul Heyman to address the situation and just not ignore it but choose the best of two evils, they avoided looking ignorant & instead worked it into the already established Brock Lesnar/Undertaker storyline.

2. Awesome moment seeing the Usos win the WWE Tag Team Championships. It’s been a long time coming and it just seemed like all the stars aligned tonight. Great moment for the second generation brothers who’ve really worked their asses off the last couple of years.

3. From Seth Rollins aerial demonstration to Dean Ambrose’s chaotic streak and Roman Reigns sudden domination, each member of The Shield were able to showcase just a little bit of what they’re capable of as singles’ stars. A split is imminent so throwing spots like these into their matches are a nice taste of what’s to come.

4. If there was ever going to be a match where Chicago was going to start chanting for CM Punk again, it’s Sheamus vs Christian.

5. I thought of an interesting theory the other day. So Hulk Hogan is “hosting” WrestleMania 30. When The Rock “hosted” WrestleMania, he was able to restart the WWE Championship match between John Cena and The Miz when it ended on a count-out. So hear me out: Triple H versus Daniel Bryan takes place and Bryan pins Triple H clean. Undertaker & Brock Lesnar takes place and then Randy Orton & Batista make their entrances. Cue “Real American” where Hogan comes out onto the stage and says that the ring looks a little empty. Daniel Bryan’s music hits and Hogan puts him into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match. Bryan wins cleanly and walks out of WrestleMania XXX with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

6. No John, stop trying to be cute with this crowd. You’re just making it worse.

7. The segment between Randy Orton and Batista, as well as how the main event played out makes my prediction for WrestleMania XXX so much more logical. Going out on a full limb – Daniel Bryan beats Triple H and then gets inserted into the main event, walking out with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results for 3/3/14: Will CM Punk Return??? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-3314-will-cm-punk-return/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-3314-will-cm-punk-return/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:05:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165151 No other RAW of the year will have as much buzz as this one. There is a lot of news going into it. Will CM Punk return? If he doesn’t tonight, I don’t think he will for a long time. We also have the Shield vs Wyatts rematch to look forward too, as well as Batista vs Daniel Bryan. And Brock Lesnar will respond to the Undertaker. Yeah, there’s a lot of buzz going into this show.

And They Got Everyone Right Away

CM Punk’s music hit to start the show. After a long pause, Paul Heyman came out. Heyman played up the crowd and said that he believes that Punk deserves louder than that. Heyman sat indian style in the ring and said he came there tonight to tell the story of a Paul Heyman guy. A Paul Heyman guy who was never truly wanted in the WWE. A guy they thought was too small to main event WrestleMania and didn’t have the right corporate look. A guy they didn’t want before and don’t want now. A Paul Heyman guy who had the balls to say what no one else had the balls to say. One that was born in and still lives in Chicago. Heyman said this is his pipe bomb on CM Punk, who is not here this evening.

Heyman said he doesn’t disagree with these people and he’s just as disappointed that he can’t see Punk perform as the crowd can. Heyman said if Punk was here that Punk would be proving that he is the best in the world. Heyman said there is someone to blame about why he couldn’t put up with stuff around here anymore. Heyman said he blames each and everyone of us. Heyman said the truth hurts and that is why he’s always chosen to lie. Heyman said that when Punk was with him he was the Best in the World. But when the audience made Punk their hero they took him away from Heyman and made him someone else.

Heyman said that he also blames The Undertaker, because Punk losing at WrestleMania is what started his downward spiral. Heyman said he wants revenge and wants the Streak to end. And there is only one man that can conquer that Streak, and that is Brock Lesnar. Out came Lesnar. He said unlike some people, he doesn’t make claims that he can’t back up. Lesnar said that he believes Undertaker is scared to death of him. Lesnar said that HBK, HHH and CM Punk are all failures for not ending The Streak. And he will conquer The Streak, unlike all of them.

Mark Henry then made his way out to the ring. Lesnar backed away, but Henry knocked him down with a charge. Lesnar reversed Henry and threw him into the steps. Lesnar then hit Henry with the steps and started taking apart the announce table. Lesnar tossed one of the monitors too far and it ended up in the crowd. Lesnar then hit the F5 on Henry, sending him through the announce table.

So The Crowd Can Chant Something Besides CM Punk

The Usos vs New Age Outlaws. Road Dogg said the crowd wasn’t worthy of his catchphrases. Road Dogg tossed one of the Usos kind of hard into the corner. Billy came in and worked him over with some punches. Road Dogg came back in and hit a clothesline on Jey. Road Dogg tossed Jey over the ropes into commercial. Billy caught Jey with a kick to the face back from break. Jey eventually caught Road Dogg with a kick to the face after he ducked the first one. Jimmy got the hot tag and caught Billy with an elbow and kick to the mid-section. He knocked Road Dogg off the apron and hit a Samoan Drop on Billy. Jimmy hit the butt splash on Road Dogg then a corkscrew dive off the top on Billy. Jimmy knocked Road Dogg off the apron again but Billy rolled him up and got two. Billy hit a tilt-a-whirl backdrop. Jimmy moved out of the way of a Fameasser then tagged in Jey as he hit a dive to the outside on Road Dogg. Jey hit a superkick then the dive off the top rope to pick up the win and become new Tag Team Champions.

WINNERS AND NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Usos

Well That Was Quick

Cesaro vs Big E. Cesaro caught Big E immediately and hit a backbreaker. Big E recovered and tossed Cesaro into the corner then hit a belly-to-belly. Cesaro tossed Big E to the outside. Swagger tried to interfere but ate a right hand. Cesaro hit the Swing on Big E back in the ring. Swagger came in and hit the Swagger Bomb to cause another DQ. After the match Big E hit the Big Ending on Cesaro.

WINNER: Big E via DQ

This Should’ve Been A Hell In A Cell Match At Mania. But This Is Okay I Guess

It’s The Shield vs The Wyatts again. Ambrose and Rollins started with dives to the outside while Reigns took out Bray in the ring. Rollins and Harper started the actual match. Rollins hit a dropkick. Harper tried to hit a backdrop off the top but Rollins landed on his feet. Rollins hit a Swanton to the outside on Harper then a dive on Rowan. Rollins tried going to the top again but Bray knocked him off. Rollins was then thrown into the barricade going into commercial.

Back from break, Harper had control over Rollins and knocked him down, but Rollins caught Harper with a kick to the head. Ambrose came off the apron and tried going to Bray. Reigns stopped him but this left no one for Rollins to tag. Rowan came in but Rollins hit a drop toehold into the corner. Harper knocked Reigns off the apron, but Ambrose got the tag. Ambrose hit a dropkick to the knee of Rowan then applied a figure four. It was broken up and the Wyatts now took control over Ambrose. Harper hit a dropkick. Rowan hit a backbreaker then went to his double fist head crush. Ambrose escaped by pulling on Rowan’s beard, but walked right into a backdrop. Harper hit a couple of uppercuts, but Ambrose bounced off the ropes after one and hit a clothesline. Bray came in and knocked Reigns off the apron, but Ambrose hit a DDT.

Ambrose went to make the tag but Rollins walked away. Reigns questioned him but Rollins said that he wasn’t going to be the glue and Reigns wasn’t there when he went to tag. Bray hit his crossbody but Reigns broke up the pin and hit the Superman Punch on everyone. Reigns hit his apron dropkick on Harper then speared Rowan over the announce table. Harper then hit a dive through the second rope knocking Reigns over the table. Ambrose then hit a dive onto Harper, only to be taken out by bray. Bray then hit the Sister Abigail on Ambrose to pick up the win as Seth Rollins watched on from the ramp.

WINNERS: The Wyatt Family

Batista was interviewed. He said the YES Movement was stupid and that he can’t believe Daniel Bryan passes for a WWE Superstar nowadays. Batista said Bryan is not him.

Can We Just Get Emma vs Paige Again Instead?

Santino and Emma vs Fandango and Summer Rae. Santino and Emma high fived which meant they kept tagging each other in. Eventually Fandango took out Santino from behind. Santino tried fighting back with some punches but Fandango caught him with a spinning heel kick. Fandango rolled through a dive off the top and Santino caught him with a punch to the gut. The ladies came in and Emma knocked down Summer Rae. Emma hit her crossbody into the corner. Santino scared off Fandango with the Cobra and Emma had Summer Rae tap to the Emma lock for the win.

WINNERS: Emma and Santino

The New Dolph/Kofi

Is Christian vs Sheamus. Christian slapped Sheamus across the face a couple times. Sheamus chased Christian around the ring then tossed Christian into the barricade a couple times. Sheamus hit a knee drop but Christian ended up catching Sheamus with a running knee. Christian threw Sheamus into the corner but Sheamus caught him with a kick to the gut and clothesline, followed by the Irish Curse backbreaker. Christian ducked Sheamus and he went to the outside. Christian went for a baseball slide but Sheamus moved out of the way. Christian escaped and went behind the announce table and tried to avoid Sheamus into commercial.

Christian had control of the match back from break. He clotheslined Sheamus on the apron. Christian hit a backdrop but missed a top rope splash off the top. Sheamus then caught Christian and hit a rolling senton. Sheamus started his comeback and went for his rope punches. Christian stopped him and tried slamming Sheamus into the post but Sheamus blocked it and then hit his rope punches followed by a high knee. Christian ducked a bunch and hit a reverse DDT and a frog splash off the top for two. Sheamus hit White Noise after moving out of the way of a Christian uppercut for two. Sheamus charged at Christian in the corner but Christian caught him with a kick to the face. Sheamus went to the outside and caught Christian with a Brogue Kick for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage, Sheamus was attacked by Christian. He used a light from the interview set.

The Bellas beat Aksana and Alicia Fox.

A Whole Lot Of Talking Leads To, Nothing?

Daniel Bryan came out to face Batista. Bryan said he loves that the audience has a voice. And they are going to hijack RAW. Bryan said he is not going to leave the ring until one of two things happen. The crowd chanted CM Punk and Bryan laughed. He said he won’t leave until Batista comes out and fights or Triple H answers his challenge. Triple H came out with Stephanie. Steph said she admired Bryan for not hiding in embarrassment. Bryan said he’s been screwed over for months yet he still stands there unbroken. Triple H told Bryan that their match isn’t going to happen and that this is the excuses error. He made up people screwing people over and used the term burying people. He said people who didn’t make it there aren’t good enough, that’s the reality. HHH called Bryan a B+ player and said it is going to take a lot more than a B+ player to make him lace up his boots at Mania.

Bryan said that HHH doesn’t listen to the people who want people like him to succeed. Bryan said the only way people will ever see that is if he beats the crap out of him at WrestleMania. Steph said everyone cheering for him is getting to Bryan’s head. She said without her family Bryan would have nothing. Steph said everything set up was for him and that her family made him. Bryan said that maybe Steph should put on HHH’s trunks and HHH put on Steph’s skirt and Bryan and her could fight at Mania. HHH said it wasn’t gonna happen and mockingly said it to Bryan. HHH said WrestleMania was the showcase of the immortals and this doesn’t measure up. He then told Bryan to get out of the ring. Bryan said this was the fans ring. HHH said everything in the arena belonged to them. HHH told him to get out again and Bryan said to make him.

Steph called Kane out but Bryan caught him with a dive to the outside of the ring. Steph called for security and they blocked him from coming into the ring.

It’s Aaron Paul, BITCH!

It’s Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto del Rio. Aaron Paul drove out Ziggler. Del Rio took the upper hand and tossed Ziggler in the air. Del Rio landed a couple kicks then went to a headlock. Dolph escaped and caught Del Rio with a dropkick then some corner punches. Del Rio moved out of the way of a Fameasser and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two. Ziggler cameback with a DDT. Dolph took his time and ate an armdrop followed by a kick to the head for two. Aaron Paul jumped on the announce table to distract Del Rio. Del Rio went for the cross armbreaker, but Dolph countered and hit the ZigZag for the win.

WINNER: Dolph Ziggler

Pau Bearer was announced as the next member of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Before Big E vs Jack Swagger started, Cesaro came in and hit the Neutralizer on Big E, causing a DQ. Swagger shoved Cesaro and Cesaro pushed him down and went for the Swing. Zeb told him not to do it. Zeb told Cesaro to help his brother up. Zeb said they were Real Americans and they should hug it out. They did, and followed it with a We The People.

Cena Supports Change! Cena Is For The People!

John Cena came out. Cena said thanks for the warm Chicago welcome. He was injured last week by the Wyatts and he can’t have a match tonight because he’s injured as the crowd chanted YES. Cena said that even though he can’t compete he wanted to come out there to hear the energy and passion of an entire city as the crowd chanted CM Punk. He said that he’s had great moments in the arena. He brought up Money in the Bank but not CM Punk by name. Cena said he respects Chicago and even if they boo him he knows they’re honest and loud. He said he’s been listening and the WWE Universe wants change. He respects that, but success is earned and change goes through him. Cena said he is standing tall right here.

The Wyatts appeared on screen. Bray said Cena reminds him of a Championship horse who races and wins and everyone cheers. But one day, that horse stops winning. Bray said he is the reaper that will put Cena down. He asked Cena what will be left for him when he takes everything away.

Alexander Rusev cut a promo in Bulgarian.

ANNND, Nothing…

It’s main event time with Randy Orton at ringside. Batista shoved Bryan down a couple times. Bryan caught Batista with a dropkick to the knee. He landed some kicks. Bryan hit another dropkick with Batista’s leg in the ropes then went to a half crab. Batista shoved Bryan away. Bryan landed some uppercuts but Batista bounced back with a clothesline. Batista tossed Bryan to the outside and they went into a VERY late commercial.

Back from commercial Bryan escaped a headlock and took out Batista with a clothesline. Bryan hit two dropkicks in the corner then bailed to the outside, but Bryan hit a dive. Back in the ring Bryan hit a missile dropkick followed by multiple kicks and then a kick to the head for two. Suddenly The Authority came out. The distraction allowed Batista to knock Bryan to the outside and send Bryan into the steps, followed by throwing Bryan into Orton. Batista mocked the fans in the ring. Bryan caught Batista with a kick to the head but Orton came in and hit a clothesline, causing a DQ. Bryan hit a running knee on Orton followed by a dropkick to Batista, then a dive onto HHH and Kane.

Back in the ring, Batista caught Bryan with a Spear. HHH then ate a kick to the head from Bryan, but Batista came back with a Batista Bomb. HHH then nailed the Pedigree on Bryan and The Authority stood tall to end the show.

WHAT I LIKED

Heyman Promo: Paul Heyman’s opening promo was great. He played to the crowd perfectly and did a good job of tying anything CM Punk related into Brock Lesnar’s promo with The Undertaker. Heyman showed he can get the crowd to eat out of the palm of his hand and he knows how to deliver a good promo. Lesnar’s beatdown of Mark Henry was also solid.

Shield vs Wyatts: Another great six man tag match between these two groups. Something this big should have been saved for WrestleMania. I get why they did it here. And everything played into The Shield break up. I was surprised with the outcome of Seth Rollins being the one to leave the team. But they’ve been doing a good job of focusing on him in recent weeks.

Usos Win The Tag Titles: I thought they would save this for WrestleMania. But I get why they did it here. Maybe it finally gets The Outlaws out of the tag scene after the Main Event rematch, and then Rowan and Harper get a shot at Mania. And thankfully, the crowd responded the right way with the win.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Bryan/HHH: Look, I get that they are building to a Mania match. It should have been like this since SummerSlam. They backed their way into the match. But everything about tonight lead to nothing. HHH didn’t accept Bryan’s challenge. Instead, they had a promo leading to nothing, then HHH beat down Bryan at the end of the show and still didn’t accept it. I know we are getting there, but what the hell are they going to do to finally have HHH accept Bryan’s challenge. Kidnap Stephanie? Break into his house and hold his kids hostage?

Christian/Sheamus: The match was okay. But why would we want to presumably see this at Mania if we have already seen it multiple times leading up to it. Just doesn’t make sense.

One thing I will say, is can the CM Punk chants finally stop? If he was going to come back, tonight was the night. But he didn’t. CM Punk walked out on the WWE and quit. If he comes back, I’ll be happy. But for now we have to move on. If Punk was fired it would be one thing, but he did this all on his own. It is time to accept that and move on.

As far as the show, I’m giving it a 5. One really good match, but Mania still leaves a lot to be desired after tonight.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka
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Classy Ring Attire 109 – Hogan is back! Taker is Back! Brock is Back! Punk is…yeah… http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/classy-ring-attire-109-hogan-is-back-taker-is-back-brock-is-back-punk-is-yeah/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/03/03/classy-ring-attire-109-hogan-is-back-taker-is-back-brock-is-back-punk-is-yeah/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:45:37 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165076 After the Chamber we have a whole mess of Raw to talk about. Three big returns happen. The first handful of WrestleMania matches was confirmed. And The WWE Network offers a whole bunch of new things to talk about.
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Major WWE SmackDown Spoiler for Friday 02.28.2014 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/26/major-wwe-smackdown-spoiler-for-friday-02-28-2014/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/26/major-wwe-smackdown-spoiler-for-friday-02-28-2014/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:32:11 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165047 On WWE SmackDown this Friday night 2/28/14, Batista will be switching gears and going full heel on the crowd that has mercilessly booed him since his WWE return.

Now the question is this: Will WWE really have a heel vs. heel WWE World Title match at WrestleMania XXX and keep Batista vs. Randy Orton as-is?

If only there was someone insanely popular on the roster who could salvage that match, hmmm…
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Trashy Ring Attire February 2014 – With Special Guest CB! (State of TNA Impact Wrestling, WrestleMania XXX Card, CM Punk, More) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/26/trashy-ring-attire-february-2014-with-special-guest-cb/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/26/trashy-ring-attire-february-2014-with-special-guest-cb/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:48:36 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=165016 For the fourth episode, CB makes a special appearance, talking the current state of TNA Impact Wrestling (including harking back to BD’s TNA recapping days and talking about the Abyss/Joseph Park storyline that has hilariously lasted FOREVER), Elimination Chamber, the Road to WrestleMania XXX and the assumed Mania card, the CM Punk work vs. shoot debate and more!
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WWE Monday Night RAW LIVE Results for 2/24/14: Hulkamania Runs Wild Again! http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/24/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-22414-hulkamania-runs-wild-again/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/24/wwe-monday-night-raw-live-results-for-22414-hulkamania-runs-wild-again/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:35:30 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164949 Tonight might be the biggest show of the year for the WWE. With the launch of the WWE Network, the return of Hulk Hogan, and the Road to WrestleMania in high gear, it should be pretty newsworthy. Who will Hulk Hogan interact with? Will Daniel Bryan work his way into the WWE Title Match? And what about The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar’s fates? Follow along to find out.

I’M HERE TO PLUG THE WWE NETWORK, BROTHER!

Hulk Hogan came out to start the show. He said tonight starts the turning point of his career because he is home again brother. He said 30 years ago he made history at WrestleMania and today the WWE Universe is making history with the WWE Network. He talked about the WWE Network and how the future is WrestleMania 30. He said he was going to be the host of WrestleMania 30 and that’s about it. Pretty much just a network plug.

Because Just Once Wasn’t Enough

It’s Batista vs Alberto del Rio again. Batista went right to work with some kicks to Del Rio in the corner. Batista threw Del Rio hard into the corner, then they went to the outside where Batista slammed ADR into the barricade then the apron. Del Rio caught Batista back in the ring with a kick to the head. Del Rio went for a suplex but Batista blocked it and hit one of his own. Del Rio went to the outside, then he knocked Batista off the apron and threw him into the steps into commercial.

Back from break Del Rio landed multiple kicks on Batista. He went for a dropkick but Del Rio went flying through the ropes. Del Rio recovered and dropped Batista’s neck on the ropes. Del Rio went to the top and Batista crotched him, then hit a suplex. Both men exchanged punches and kicks before Batista hit a clothesline. Del Rio came back with an enziguri kick and went for his kick to the head but Batista barely moved out of the way. Del Rio missed again and Batista hit a spinebuster. Suddenly, Randy Orton’s music hit. The distraction allowed Del Rio to roll up Batista and pick up the win.

WINNER: Alberto del Rio

Randy Orton talked about Batista being easily distracted and how the WWE Universe has negatively reacted to his return. The crowd broke out in a CM Punk chant. Batista then said that he loves this business and they can boo or cheer and he will do the same thing back. Batista said it is about honesty but that’s another story. Batista said he is going to WrestleMania to beat the ass of his former friend and he is going to be the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and to deal with it.

Battle Of Future Stars

It’s Big E vs Cesaro. Big E started with his leapfrog over Cesaro followed by a shoulder tackle. Cesaro regrouped then took Big E down to the mat. Big E threw him away but Cesaro recovered with some knees, followed by an uppercut. Cesaro went to the ropes but Big E stopped him and hit two belly-to-bellys. Big E then hit two shots to the gut in the corner. Big E went to an armbar, but Cesaro escaped and caught Big E with a boot. Cesaro went to the second rope but Big E caught him and hit three backbreakers for two. Big E went to another armbar but Cesaro escaped with some headbutts and went to a headlock. Big E escaped and when he went to leapfrog Cesaro, Cesaro caught him and hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker into commercial.

Cesaro landed a handful of uppercuts back from break but then went right into a Big E press slam. Big E charged at Cesaro but Cesaro moved and Big E went right into the ringpost. Cesaro hit his double stomp followed by more uppercuts and then a headlock. Big E escaped, but Cesaro threw him off the ropes and hit a powerslam. Cesaro then lifted Big E off the mat and hit a gut wrench slam for two. Both men exchanged blows again. Cesaro locked in a sleeper but Big E escaped. He hit some clotheslines followed by a belly-to-belly. Big E hit his splash for two. Big E went for the Big Ending but Cesaro escaped, launched Big E in the air and hit his uppercut. Cesaro went for the Swing but Big E countered. Big E then caught a charging Cesaro and hit a black hole slam for two. Cesaro rolled to the outside where Swagger went to take out Big E but ate a clothesline instead. Back in the ring, Cesaro applied the Cesaro Swing on Big E. Suddenly, Swagger came in the ring and applied the Patriot Lock on Big E, causing a DQ.

WINNER: Big E via DQ

Swagger and Cesaro argued while Zeb tried to calm things down. Big E then attacked Swagger but Cesaro stopped him and hit the Neutralizer on Big E. It looked like it was messed up as Big E somewhat landed on his head.

Uh Oh….

John Cena came out. He once again shilled the WWE Network. Cena called out Bray Wyatt and asked if he was a one trick pony or if he was going to come out. The Wyatts did. Bray said the world has a virus and what would it do without their hero. Bray called Cena a liar that can’t save the human race. Bray said that Cena was right and the future does go through him. Bray said he is the reaper of lies. Cena said that if the go into the ring, they are starting something that they can’t finish. The Wyatts surrounded the ring and eventually got the upperhand. Cena looks like he legit did something to his knee as the Wyatts attacked him again. The Wyatts left but Cena went after Rowan then Bray took him out with his charging dive. Cena appeared to be legit hurt.

Mandatory Smackdown Rematch

It’s Christian vs Sheamus. After a lock up Sheamus pushed Christian out of the ring. Christian caught Sheamus with a hard chop but Sheamus came back with a kick of his own and then a clothesline. Sheamus went to a chinlock and then knocked Christian out of the ring again. Christian caught Sheamus and went to crotch him on the post but Sheamus pulled him forward and Christian went into the post. Sheamus hit a couple of knee drops in the ring. Christian recovered and caught Sheamus with a dropkick. Sheamus went to the apron and Christian tried to slam him on the turnbuckle but Sheamus blocked it. Sheamus then tossed Christian over the top to the outside then hit a shoulder tackle off the apron.

Back from commercial Christian knocked Sheamus off the top, then threw Sheamus into the steps. Christian landed some hard shots to the mid-section of Sheamus in the ring. Christian landed a headbutt to the gut then went to a bearhug. Sheamus escaped but Christian then went right into the abdominal stretch. Sheamus escaped again but Christian caught Sheamus with a kick to the face, followed by his over the top rope uppercut. Christian missed a crossbody off the top. Sheamus caught Christian with a high running knee then a couple axe handles. Christian tossed Sheamus to the outside. Sheamus moved out of the way of a dive and Christian stopped himself. Sheamus hit his rope punches then a battering ram over the top. Sheamus went for a Cloverleaf but Christian escaped. Christian went to the second rope but Sheamus knocked him off and applied the Cloverleaf. Christian got to the ropes. Christian went to the outside and Sheamus chased him. Christian caught him with a couple kicks. He went for the Killswitch but Sheamus countered and went for White Noise, but Christian countered with a roll up for two. Sheamus came back with a running powerslam for two. Christian ducked a Brogue Kick and then caught Sheamus with a kick in the ropes. Christian went to the second rope but Sheamus caught him with a Brogue Kick mid-air for the win.

WINNER: Sheamus

Backstage Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins were arguing with Dean Ambrose about what happened. Ambrose then left. The Wyatts showed up and Reigns challenged Bray to a match and he accepted.

Well D-Bry, It’s Kind Of What We Want

Kane vs Daniel Bryan. Bryan landed some early kicks on Kane but Kane starting going after the injured shoulder of Bryan. Kane threw Bryan into the turnbuckle. Bryan then did a drop toe hold with Kane going into the turnbuckle. Bryan landed some kicks to the leg of Kane and started working over his leg. Bryan went to a half crab but Kane got to the ropes. Kane recovered and again went after the shoulder of Bryan. Kane slammed the injured shoulder of Bryan into the mat. Bryan went to the outside and Kane followed. Bryan quickly came back in the ring and hit a dropkick through the ropes. Kane recovered and caught Bryan with an uppercut, then through Bryan into the steps.

Bryan ran right into a boot to the shoulder from Kane. Kane clotheslined Bryan in the corner then went to an armbar. Bryan escaped then did his moonsault leap over Kane and hit a clothesline. Bryan landed kicks to the chest of Kane but Kane ducked the last one and hit a sidewalk slam. Kane went to the top but Bryan crotched him. Bryan then hit a hurricarrana off the ropes for two. Bryan hit two dropkicks in the corner but Kane came back with a right hand on the third try. Kane charged at Bryan but Bryan ducked and Kane went over the top. Bryan hit his dive to the outside then a dropkick into the barricade. Kane hit a missile dropkick off the top. Bryan caught Kane with a kick to the head. Bryan went to the top for a headbutt but Kane caught him and hit a chokeslam but only got two. Bryan went for the YES Lock, Kane countered and went for a chokeslam. Bryan went for a YES Lock again but Kane threw him away. Bryan ducked a clothesline and caught Kane with the running knee for the win.

WINNER: Daniel Bryan

Bryan brought up challenging Triple H to a match earlier backstage. Bryan called HHH a coward and said he hid behind his wife’s skirt. Bryan said ever since HHH put on that suit he’s ignored what the people want. Bryan said give the people what they want at WrestleMania, which is Triple H vs Daniel Bryan.

Still Better Than The Current WWE Divas

Emma vs Summer Rae. Summer Rae threw down Emma while dancing. She threw Emma into the corner then Summer Rae caught her with a spinning heel kick. Summer then shoved her leg into Emma in the ropes. Summer went to a headlock. Summer let go and went for another spinning heel kick, but Emma stopped it and applied the Emma Lock for the win.

WINNER: Emma

The Usos were set to take on the New Age Outlaws. The Outlaws asked The Usos to leave the ring to do their entrance. But one Uso caught Road Dogg with a kick, the other took out Billy with a dive, then the first Uso hit the splash off the top for the win.

Another Battle of Future Stars

Bray vs Roman Reigns. Bray started with a right hand but Reigns came back with his own that knocked Bray down. They locked up again and Bray caught Reigns with a kick followed by a right hand. Reigns recovered with a shoulder tackle followed by an elbow drop. Reigns landed some right hands but Bray caught Reigns with a right of his own to the throat. Bray caught Reigns with a short clothesline then went to a headlock. Reigns escaped but Bray hit his hard dive into Reigns. Reigns reversed Bray and tossed him to the outside. Reigns hit a clothesline on the floor.

Bray hit his back splash back from break. Reigns tried fighting back but Bray caught him again with an uppercut. Bray caught Reigns with his splash again. The crowd is trying to be cool again here and get themselves over with dumb and pointless chants. Bray hit one splash in the corner but moved out of the way of the second. Reigns shoved Bray away and hit a flying clothesline followed by another in the corner. He hit his dropkick on the outside. Suddenly Rowan and Harper appeared, but Rollins came out and hit a dive to the outside from the ring. Bray took out Reigns from behind. Ambrose made the save for Rollins, then went in the ring to attack Bray. All hell broke loose and the match ended.

WINNER: Bray Wyatt Via DQ

Nobody Makes Brock Lesnar Bleed His Own Blood

Brock Lesnar came out with Paul Heyman. Heyman once again called Lesnar the obvious #1 Contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman said Orton/Batista should get their title match out of the way and the winner should fight Lesnar at WrestleMania. Heyman said HHH offered them instead an open contract at WrestleMania where he can fight whoever he wants. Heyman said that is how the WWE gets you. Heyman said Lesnar has conquered everything that has been thrown in front of him. Heyman said that Lesnar wants to make history again and win the WWE Title at WrestleMania but that Triple H and Steph won’t let them. Heyman said that is how they get you. Heyman said you can give Brock Lesnar the chance to make history at WrestleMania or you can’t use Brock Lesnar and WrestleMania in the same sentence anymore.

Unsurprisingly, the gong hit and The Undertaker made his way to the ring. Taker and Lesnar stared each other down and Taker looked at the WrestleMania sign. Heyman opened the contract and Lesnar signed it. Lesnar put the pen in Taker’s chest and Heyman invited Taker to sign it. Taker “stabbed” Lesnar with the pen then signed it, and chokeslammed Lesnar through the table.

WHAT I LIKED

The Wrestling: Instead of listing every match separately, I’ll just go ahead and say that almost every match was good tonight on RAW. Cesaro/Big E was a great way to show off that Big E can work and hang with guys in the ring even with his size. Bryan/Kane was a good psychological match with each men working over specific body parts. Christian/Sheamus was another solid match between both men and even Reigns/Bray was decent despite the crowd (More on that later). The wrestling portion of the show definitely held up its end tonight.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Batista/Del Rio, Orton Follow Up: There is no way that the WWE can hide this terrible error in judgment. Even if they throw this in the middle of the card it is admitting failure. The WWE tried to push Batista as a bigger star than he is and it blew up in their face, just like Batista has everytime he’s wrestled. The guy is not in wrestling shape. He can barely do a ten minute match and they want him to win the WWE Title at Mania?

Bryan Doing HHH’S Bidding: By having Daniel Bryan come out and challenge Triple H, it is clear they are trying to get the heat off HHH/Vince for not putting Bryan in the Title Match. Too bad it still won’t work in the long run.

The Crowd: I know I have taken crap on here before with crowd reactions but I’ll state it again here. Batista is one thing because every crowd hates him. But chanting stupid, random shit during every match tonight is stupid. It is like some wrestling fans got stupid and forgot how a match works, and that slow spots are needed for the heel to work on their offense. Crapping on stuff works once in awhile, and this wasn’t the case at all tonight.

WHAT I’M INDIFFERENT ABOUT

Lesnar/Taker: I really don’t know how I feel about this. I believe it will be a good match, but I would just rather see both men used differently. Each guy is a big enough star that they should be in separate matches.

As far as the show goes, I expected more from what was hyped as a big show. But I don’t think it delivered. I’m going to give it a 5, mostly for the wrestling on the show. Obviously, John Cena’s potential injury could be a big story going forward and is one to keep an eye on.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka
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CB’s Slant: Welcome to Another Ho-Hum WrestleMania (WrestleMania XXX, Randy Orton vs. Batista) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/24/cbs-slant-welcome-to-another-ho-hum-wrestlemania-wrestlemania-xxx-randy-orton-vs-batista/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2014/02/24/cbs-slant-welcome-to-another-ho-hum-wrestlemania-wrestlemania-xxx-randy-orton-vs-batista/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:15:03 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=164921 It’s official folks! WrestleMania XXX is shaping up EXACTLY how WWE management wanted, with zero audibles called despite vocal crowds hijacking shows and simply wanting something new and emotionally rewarding at the top of the card.

That’s right, now that the 2014 Elimination Chamber PPV is in the books, we can look forward to the following “stellar” matches to take place on the Biggest Stage of Them All:

De-Evolution: Randy Orton (c) vs. Batista for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Triple H (2014 version, not 2000 version, mind you) vs. Daniel Bryan

John “Super” Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

HOSTED BY HULK HOGAN, BROTHER!

If you took just these 8 performers and mixed them around to put them all in different matches against each other, I bet you could make a much better WrestleMania XXX card that what we most likely have laid out in front of us.

Try it for yourselves, and I’ll see you in the comments section.

And New Orleans, get ready to vocally hijack the title match, baby!

That’s all from me — CB.

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