Inside Pulse Wrestling » Smackdown Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:31:18 +0000 en-US hourly 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 » Smackdown Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for March 28th 2014: Finally Can’t Think Of A Title Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:59:38 +0000 We’re fast approaching WrestleMania, and our journey’s been picking up steam. I’m your reviewer, David Spain, and I am just jolly excited for the PPV in just over a week’s time. It coincides with my holiday and my period of ‘doing sod-all coursework’, so that’s a bonus. Let’s get to grappling.

Xavier Woods is still on the opening graphic. This worries me.

We’re in Boston tonight, and our main event is Bray Wyatt vs. Big Show. Honestly, colour me intrigued; looking forward to seeing how Bray’s going to do it.

Where’s Your Scooby Now?

Sin Cara and Damien Sandow are already in the ring, apparently having a rematch from RAW. I believe I saw a person in a Scooby-Doo costume on Monday’s show and skipped through that whole segment.

Damien takes control, coming off aggressive as he backs Sin Cara into a corner, then hits him with a clothesline. He says we’re welcome, as if we’re all suddenly Canadians now, then hits a suplex. Strikes to the chest of Sin Cara, then a sleeper hold is locked in. Another clothesline to Cara in the corner, but he ducks a second attempt, then rolls Sandow up for the win.

Practically nothing to this, although thankfully one thing not included was a man in a dog costume. Really quick match, but it’s hardly a storyline. 1.5 Stars.

Renee Young, my pick for Lois Lane in the Batman vs. Superman movie, is backstage with the Big Show. She wants to get his thoughts about the match he’s heading into. Show gets all serious, acting as if three guys beating up one guy is something we’ve never seen before in this business. He says some of what Bray says makes sense, and that’s how they suck you in. Hah, like children. He says they’ve got a giant problem and walks away.

We relive last week’s assault on the Shield by a bunch of tag teams with nothing better to do (and the Real Americans). Well, at least we’re not recapping RAW just yet.

There’s Just No Calling This One

Speaking of the Shield, here they come. Rollins and Ambrose will be teaming together again, and Seth’s wearing his fucking wetsuit again. If he had a mask, that would be a gimp gimmick right there. Oh God, they’re facing 3MB. This is hilarious and sadistic at the same time.

Rollins starts off against Jinder Mahal, a man who holds the honour of almost feuding with Ryback and Khali. Tie-up, and the guys chain-wrestle for a while until Jinder elbows Rollins in the head, then runs right into a dropkick. Rollins hits the Three Amigos, tagging in Ambrose before the third, and Ambrose stays on Mahal, dropping feet and elbows before tagging in Rollins again. In case anyone was doubting what the Shield’s alignment was, Michael defends Ambrose’s lack of title defences. Glad we cleared that up.

Jinder manages to get a tag to McIntyre, who suplexes Rollins before actually thrusting his crotch at Reigns. Roman just looks at Drew, imagining unspeakable things. Rollins nearly gets his tag, but gets caught, backflips out of a back suplex, rolls under a clothesline and gets the tag. Ambrose comes in hot, knocking McIntyre and Mahal down. He hits some punches and a dropkick to McIntyre and sends Jinder out of the ring for Rollins to dive out on (Rollins likes that). McIntyre pushes Ambrose into the ropes, but Dean rebounds and comes straight back with a clothesline, hits the Dirty Deed and the Shield win.

Fun match to watch. Obviously, you don’t want that one looking too even, but it wasn’t a total squash and that makes it more entertaining. As always, could have done with seeing more, but I enjoyed what I did see. 2.5 Stars.

Kane’s music hits and he comes out with the New Age Outlaws, who look like they’re on their way to their own defence hearing. Kane says they’re going to do to the Shield what the Shield did to 3MB at WrestleMania. He makes a new match for right then; the Shield vs. Rybaxel. That bastard: either trying to get Ryback to injure them or Axel to wipe some of his non-notability on them.

We’re back from the break and Ryback knocks Ambrose down with an elbow as Kane and the Off-The-Rack Outlaws look on (that was a cheap shot and I’m sorry). Axel comes in off the tag and Ambrose drop toe-holds him, vining Axel’s legs and wrenching back on the head, then works over the legs. I take it back: Road Dogg looks like a public school principal. Ambrose is tossed over the top rope and knocks Ryback to the floor before Axel does the same to him. Back in the ring, Ryback comes in off the tag and bodyslams Ambrose. Tag to Axel and both men fall on Ambrose from the second rope. Ryback in now, and Ambrose reverses a delayed-vertical suplex into a DDT. Tag to Rollins, hitting a somersault neckbreaker from the second rope to Axel, following with a splash to the corner, then a boot. Rollins is flipped over the top rope, lands on the apron, dodges a headbutt; Axel ducks a kick and Rollins hits an enziguiri; he dodges Ryback on the floor and boots him in the face before Ambrose jumps on him; that was fantastic.

Axel charges at Rollins and gets backdropped over the top, then Rollins sentons out onto Ryback and Axel. The Outlaws and Kane look worried as they realise that if their match on Sunday sucks it is going to be all their fault. Back in the ring, Seth sunset flips right into a kick. Curtis goes for the Perfectplex; Rollins boots his way out of it and hits the Curbstomp for three.

Another very fun match to watch. The Shield’s run here seems very consistent with their dominance as heels, making this pre-match roll appear very natural. 2.5 Stars.

As Kane and the Outlaws look on, Rollins dives through the ropes and hits Ryback, just to be a dick. Ambrose then throws Ryback into the ring to taste a Superman Punch. Holy shit, a ‘Shield’ chant. Triple Powerbomb to Ryback, sending the message that if they can do this to four men in their prime, they can probably do it to three guys who are pretty old and stuff.

We get that advert for WrestleMania where we see a guy called Joe live his life with wrestling eras as milestones. What the hell is Joe thinking, wearing a button-down shirt over a Batista t-shirt for his date/paid-arrangement with that beautiful girl/probably a hooker?

Oh, speaking of Batista. And dressing terribly. Aw, that guy doesn’t disappoint. Well, it’s mainly the hat and glasses I take offence to; if you’re going to wear that hat, have the decency to dance on a rooftop with Julie Andrews and an unconvincing accent (‘Oi’m gaowing t’ RessleMoynya! Deel wiv it, Meery Boppins!’). Batista says that we begged him to come back when he left; lying bastard. He takes us to task for booing him and cheering for Bryan. Wow, the Bryan-love is strong in Boston tonight. He says that it’s a personal slap in the face, and speaking of slappers…slaps, it’s Stephanie McMahon and her sunglasses-seeking hand. If her kids saw that, they will never argue about bedtimes with her again. Batista says he’s leaving WrestleMania with the title, and that Stephanie hits harder than any of them.

Comparing Steph to muscular, hairy, orange men brings out her husband; it’s one of the easier demonic summons you can enact. Wow, I just saw a ‘CM Quitter’ sign in the crowd. How things change. He says why don’t they leave his wife out of this, and there’s probably a sex joke in there somewhere, but who am I to say? Batista makes the ‘you married the boss’s daughter’ crack, and Triple H responds by using the ‘Reality Era’ defence. Batista makes the point that Triple H has never beaten him, and that Hunter’s not going to stop him from winning the title. Triple H claims that Batista got where he was because of Triple H; once he got to the top he quit and left for Hollywood; now that he’s back we’ve never seen the Animal. Triple H showed the world what he could still do; when’s Batista going to do the same? Wow, this is actually…annoyingly compelling. Batista will be going one-on-one with Sheamus.

Dancing With The Stars, WWE Style

Goldust is in action here against Fandango in this weird ‘nobody knows what’s going on here’ programme. Man, how far can you fall in a year? Just ask the Miz. Tie-up and Goldust hits a shoulder block, then an armdrag. Fandango throws Goldust into the corner with a hard Irish whip, then stays on him with a headlock before slamming him back onto the mat. JBL calls winning the Andre The Giant Battle Royal a career-defining moment, that definition being ‘It Really Didn’t Work Out’. Goldust fights back with a back-suplex, ducks a clothesline to hit one of his own. Rhodes Uppercut, inverted atomic drop and then a boot to the side of the head. Goldust goes up on Fandango in the corner, reigning down punches. Fandango runs into a powerslam for a near-fall and scoots out of the ring.

On the outside, Summer Rae gets between Goldust and Fandango, a position hardly likely to be actualised, distracting Goldust for long enough for Fandango to hit a boot to the head as Goldust gets into the ring and gets the pin.

This wasn’t bad, although I’ve no idea where they’ll be wanting to go with it. Guess I’m a little bitter that we’re not getting the Rhodes Brothers match at the big show that would make a lot of sense. But hey. 2 Stars.

Triple H Likes To Make His Protégés Fight Each Other

Batista makes his way out to the ring as Triple H watches on the monitor, and then here’s Sheamus. The two men circle each other, and Batista leans out of the ring like the dominant force he is. Sheamus backs Batista into the corner and he leans out again. Batista applies a headlock, gets shot off the ropes, knocked down with a shoulder block and…ducks out of the ring.


Sheamus follows Batista, who ducks inside the ring and jumps Sheamus when he follows. Shoulder thrusts in the corner, then Sheamus comes back with some right hands before his Irish whip is reversed and he’s sent straight into the turnbuckle. Dave follows up with a clothesline, but Sheamus fights back; Batista sends him off the ropes and kicks him in the stomach before hitting a knee to the face. An Irish whip sends Sheamus into the corner, and Batista’s right behind him with a clothesline. Sheamus manages to get a boot up, but runs into a spinebuster. He signals for the Batista Bomb, but takes his time doing so and Sheamus levels him with a clothesline. Axe-handles to the face, then a shoulder thrust of his own followed up by a knee lift. Batista is in position for the clubbing forearms, but fights out, but Sheamus manages to hit them anyway before bringing him right over the ropes into a powerslam. He signals for the Brogue Kick…and Batista ducks out of the ring. What a match Sunday’s going to be… Sheamus follows Batista out and gets a steel chair in the stomach for his troubles, earning Batista a DQ.

Well, if we were supposed to see the Animal here, I didn’t. Love how we’ve still got Batista ducking out of the ring every few minutes, and I honestly can’t imagine a world in which this Sunday’s main event wasn’t a triple threat. Well, I can, but it’s awful. 2 Stars.

Batista continues his assault after the bell rings, with Triple H looking on. Back in the ring, Batista hits the Batista Bomb as Michael and JBL remind us that a triple-threat match will involve no-DQ. Oh God, another thing which can go wrong. Batista grabs the microphone, says he’s going to the champ. Because we’re worth it.

I mean…deal with it.

We get a Cena-Wyatt promo, followed up by a promo from Bray Wyatt, waxing both lyrical and fucking crazy on John Cena and the mask he wears. Really, he’s just glad to take a break from trying to build up Roman Reigns’ confidence re. Renee Young (Bray Wyatt gets his fair share of feminine attention). He says tonight, his sword will slay a giant, then he sings ‘He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands’. When I was at Catholic school, one girl sang a variant where you changed the word ‘hands’ to ‘pants’. We never saw her again.

Backstage, AJ and Tamina are heading to the ring. It would be hilarious if they bumped into the Wyatts backstage, wrapping up their filming.

In our RAW recap, we watch Los Matadores fight Rybaxel until the Shield show up and wreck shit.

‘Boo, You Whore’

AJ and Tamina are in the ring and the Bella Twins arrive for a tag-team match. We’re joined by the General Manager of SmackDown, and I honestly did not know who that was until they said ‘Vickie’. AJ and Brie start off, with Brie hitting a kick to the midsection followed up by a throw; almost a release-Northern Lights suplex. She tags in Nikki, who hits a springboard knee. AJ manages to get a tag to Tamina, who catches Nikki with a Samoan Drop. Michael then defends AJ, which means all the ethical systems in the world have just burned and died. And AJ has a front-facelock on Nikki, wrapping her legs around Nikki’s waist.

Nikki manages to whirl her onto her shoulder, and AJ switches up into a sleeper. Nikki does manage to escape, but Tamina tags herself in and slams Nikki down with a clothesline. Tamina misses and splash and Brie gets the tag, taking the fight to Tamina, with a knee to the face and a missile dropkick; Tamina rolls out of the ring in the face of this as Michael thinks about JBL and Vickie’s hypothetical boning. Seriously. Brie decks AJ and Tamina decks her back, but AJ gets into Tamina’s face; Tamina shoves her, tags her, throws her in the ring and Brie gets the facebuster and the win.

Not bad at all. I continue to appreciate the fact that the Bellas can deliver a far better match than many of their contemporaries. I don’t know whether AJ or Vickie is supposed to be the bad guy here, which is good for Game of Thrones, not so great here. Fair match, though: 2 Stars.

Oh God, Emma and Santino are at a restaurant. If this doesn’t end with some kind of atomic bomb drop on that exact location, then what is the point in anything? Emma misuses the phrase ‘friends with benefits’, then mistakes Santino looking into her eyes for a staring contest…I would have less of a problem…okay, no, that’s a lie…I would have exactly this much of a problem but for other reasons with this storyline if it wasn’t for the fact that it seems like Santino wants to sleep with someone who is mentally eight years old. She then friendzones him, and he spits red wine on her and then vomits. HIGH. BROW. STUFF.

The Coveted ‘Hurry The Fuck Up’ Segment

Swagger is facing Jimmy Uso. Jack backs Jimmy into a corner, kneeing him in the stomach. Jimmy shoots him off the ropes and throws him out of the ring before diving on him. Back on the ring, Jimmy goes high, hitting a cross-body for a two, then a kick to the midsection and a calf-kick to the face. Chops to Swagger in the corner, then a Whisper in the Wind for another near-fall. Samoan Wrecking Ball is met with a chop-block to the knee, then Jack locks in the Patriot Lock and Jimmy taps.

Wow, quick match. Decent, though. 2 Stars.

We go back to RAW to watch Lesnar and Undertaker’s showdown. I recommend watching that, merely because Brock saying ‘this’ is pure, unadulterated comedy on the highest scale.

Both Of These Men Are Odds-On Favourites

Mark Henry’s in the ring following the recap, and his opponent is the Miz. Wow, the possibilities this battle royal hands us. Henry points at the WM sign and…Miz attacks him during that sacred moment? Fucking heel. He tries to toss Henry, but Mark’s going to make him pay, throwing him from corner to corner, then attempts the World’s Strongest Slam, but Miz rolls out of it, attacking Henry at the legs, finally dropkicking them out from under him. Miz continues to work the legs, then boots Mark in the face before working on the legs again.

A clothesline is countered by Mark with a boot, then a running powerslam and a headbutt. A splash misses as Miz rolls away, then he tries the Figure Four; Henry kicks him away, but Miz manages to throw him over the top rope…which totally isn’t the point. Mark pulls him onto the outside, hurling him into the barricade and steps. Back in the ring, the World’s Strongest Slam picks up the win.

Yeah, we get it: the battle royal’s important. No surprises here. 2 Stars.

Careful Bray, Big Show’s An Odds-On Favourite

Here’s Big Show, awaiting his match with Bray Wyatt, and here the Wyatts are. Bray gets into the ring after a quick cuddle with Harper and Rowan. He tries to jump the Big Show, but gets hurled away. Wyatt throws some hands, but gets thrown right out of the ring by Show. Bray comes right back at Big Show, shoving him and yelling, but Big Show throws punches, a big chop, a headbutt. Wyatt keeps on coming, fighting every step of the way until he runs right into a big boot. Bray manages to dodge the following elbow, and boots Big Show right in the face, keeping him down. He drops back-first on Big Show for a two-count, then spider-walks, which actually gets a pop.

Big Show manages to decapitate Bray with a clothesline, but Bray dodges and hits a clothesline of his own in the corner. Big Show tries for a boot, but Wyatt catches the knee and rocks it on his shoulder. Crossbody to Big Show takes him down, and Rowan distracts the referee as Harper attacks Big Show. Sister Abigail hits and gets the pin.

Interesting; as JBL said, I don’t think we thought it would happen like this. Fun to watch, though, of course, and just made me look forward to the Wyatt-Cena match more. 2.5 Stars.

It’s been a pretty decent SmackDown this week. Nothing to write home about, really, but nothing catastrophic that wasn’t Santino or Emma. Did feel like a busy week. Six out of ten.

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WWE SmackDown Spoilers and Results for Friday 03.28.2013 – Batista Tells Us to DEAL WITH IT One More Time Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:36:45 +0000 WWE SmackDown Spoilers and Results for Friday 3/28/13

BOOOOOOO-tista kicks things off by complaining about having to be in a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania XXX. Triple H interrupts and tells Batista not only is he in a match at WrestleMania 30, but he will be in a match tonight on SmackDown.

–2/3 of each faction march: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins def. Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre

After the match, Kane and The New Age Outlaws come out and tell The Shield they also have to fight Ryback and Curtis Axel … next.

–Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins def. Rybaxel

After the match, The Shield destroy Ryback again via a Roman Reigns Superman Punch and a Triple Power Bomb … Believe that.

–Sin Cara def. Damien Sandow

Big Show cuts a promo on the Wyatt Family, who he faces tonight

–Fandango def. Goldust

–Sheamus def. Batista by DQ – Batista hit Shemous with a chair shot and then gave him a Batista Bomb after the bell rang.

After the match and ensuing attack, Batista cut another promo on the fans, saying we have to “DEAL WITH IT” — meaning he’ll win at Mania or whatever.

–The Bells Twins def. AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka when Tamina walked out on AJ and Nikki Bella pinned her.

Santino and Emma go on a date. Emma told Santino that they will always be the best of friends (burn) and Santino then got sick and threw up water in Emma’s face.

–Jack Swagger def. Jimmy Uso

–Mark Henry def. The Miz

–Bray Wyatt def. The Big Show

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A Word is Worth 10,000 Holds (Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, JBL, Renee Young, Tom Phillips, William Regal, Byron Saxton) Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:44 +0000 I find it hard to believe that we are only two weeks away from Wrestlemania XXX. With thirteen days to go, there are only five matches confirmed for the card. Two of them center around the WWE Title, one is the Undertaker’s annual streak, there is Bray Wyatt versus John Cena, and lastly we have the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, with only seventeen of the thirty participants confirmed. Elimination Chamber was four weeks ago last night, so they have had plenty of time to build the card. However, from their current output, it feels like they are scrambling to put together the show on the fly. Part of the problem was CM Punk’s unexpected departure, but that was right after the Royal Rumble, giving them plenty of time to adjust. Another has been their scramble to elevate Daniel Bryan to avoid the title match being booed out of the arena. Still, it feels like only half the card is ready. This shows a mixture of poor planning and wasted time on frivolous topics and over exposure of some matches. I expect a deluge of announcements on Raw tonight. This is certainly not shaping up to be a positively memorable Wrestlemania.

Second Thoughts:
While there were several comments last week for my column about bringing Sami Zayn up to the main roster and using him as the corporate version of Daniel Bryan in the continued feud between Bryan and The Authority, few of the comments were about said idea. In a bizarre case of comment board stream of consciousness, the conversation went away from Zayn and onto Sheamus. A couple of commentators appreciated the idea, while one felt my writing was worse than the week before, which I admitted was poorly edited. Sometimes you try too hard to compensate. Other times, you cannot satisfy everybody.

Help Tell The Story, Don’t Change the Subject
A couple of weeks ago, I was at an art museum. One piece that held my attention was a variation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vetruvian Man.” The artist placed the classic human image as a shadow, centered in a triangle. He then added various newspaper clippings to the canvas. He had a “Made in the USA” clipping emblazoned across the shadow’s chest. Another clipping was a headline about George W. Bush ordering the invasion of Iraq located near the groin region of the shadow figure. Some of the other headlines and clippings were not readily clear either with their selection or placement. Next to the canvas was the museum’s write-up on the piece. It explained the artist was a Native American and all the clippings were from his reservation newspaper. It discussed the artist’s activism and the causes he put forward. After reading the description, I understood the piece much more. The triangle housing the shadow was meant to be a teepee; several of the clippings and their placement made more sense knowing the artist’s interests and activities. Thanks to the description, my understanding of the piece was heightened.

I bring up this artistic commentary to make a point about this week’s topic: professional wrestling commentary. When doing their job correctly, the commentary crew can elevate a match, assisting the competitors with telling their story in the ring. With the right words, a resthold can become a devastating submission attempt. A certain affectation by a performer can be discussed to help sell the character. A particular move sequence that is a series of counters can be used to discuss the history of the competitors and how well they know each other. A particularly vicious move highlights the heelishness of the character or the animosity he has for his opponent.

When done incorrectly though, commentary will not only take away from a match, but actually hurt it. If the commentary constantly shifts from what is going on in the ring, it does the wrestlers a disservice as it gives the impression that the match is not worth the announcers’ time, which makes viewers wonder why they should bother watching it. Next, it makes restholds feel exactly like what they are; a weak looking move that allows one or both wrestlers take a break in the middle of the match. Further, if the chatter from the commentators is annoying enough, people will tune them out, trying to focus more on the in-ring action, which leads to the audience noticing every little miscommunication, misstep, or flub. The worst case scenarios are that a viewer will put their television on mute to avoid the commentary, or just turn off the show because they find it too irritating.

Over the last few weeks, I have finally sat down to watch NXT on a regular basis. Aside from being impressed with the overall level of talent from several of the performers, I have been impressed with the quality of the commentary. In those few weeks, I have listened to Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, William Regal, Alex Riley, “Jason Albert,” and Renee Young. Each one of them has their own style. The pairings all work together as they play well off each other. Even at times when they have up to four people in the booth, it does not feel crowded, and even when making jokes at each other, it is quick, seemingly timed correctly with the flow of the match, and has a way of coming back to the competitors in the ring.

Here are a few examples of the commentary that I was impressed with:

NXT Arrival, Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro: Phillips, Saxton, and Regal sold the history between these two and made it feel like the final battle in a long-standing war. Regal sold the dominance, power, and skills of Cesaro referencing his match against the Swiss Superstar. During a protracted segment of Cesaro dominating Zayn, the announcers referenced it started to feel uncomfortable watching Zayn seemingly unable to defend himself as Cesaro hit vicious move after vicious move. They discussed all the counters, emphasizing how well the two know each other. Their commentary helped tell the final chapter of this feud and made it something memorable.

NXT Arrival, Mojo Rawley vs. CJ Parker: My first impression of Parker was that it was a goofy gimmick. The hippie wrestler has been done before, and usually very poorly. However, the commentary crew helped sell him. He’s not just a hippie; he’s a left-wing activist. Parker goes to extreme levels to violence to force his position on the environment and society onto others. With those couple of sentences, he went from seeming like a goof, to a legitimate threat and helped explain why someone from a hippie commune would be in professional wrestling.

NXT Arrival, Paige vs. Emma: I mentioned this a little last week in my Second Thoughts on women’s wrestling in WWE. The commentary played up the talent of these two women and made it seem important. They discussed how even though Paige and Emma are both fan favorites they did not like one another because they are very different personalities. Regal could discuss the beauty of both women without being creepy about it; but still took a potshot at himself about being creepy to find Paige so attractive since he has known the girl since she was born and has been like an uncle. Regal also helped re-establish Emma as a legitimate competitor by talking about what has been shown of her on Raw and Smackdown is only one side of her; the side that cause people to take her for granted. In two sentences, the announce crew rehabilitated Emma’s character from her three weeks on the main roster. The main focus of the commentary was on the talent of the two women and the viciousness they delivered on one another, all in the name of being declared the best by capturing the NXT Women’s Title.

NXT 3/13/14, The Ascension vs. two jobbers: At the start of the match, Riley made a joke about seeing if anyone would take money on the jobbers versus the dominant tag champs. However, when there was a moment where the jobbers got the upper hand, Albert was quick to compliment and note this is how a competitor makes a name for themselves. The momentary control by the challengers emphasized that they are wrestlers as well and that if they show the talent, it can be possible to come out on top. It was short lived and the commentary noted that it was because they gave the Ascension an opening, something that cannot be done.

NXT 3/20/14, Mojo Rawley vs. Bull Dempsey: Another example where the obvious jobber in Dempsey (the man who did not receive an entrance) was played up. They talked about his gimmick as the last of the old school wrestlers and that his power was devastating. It made the victory by Rawley appear impressive and not just academic. Phillips was even able to get in a mention of the celebrity in the audience (football player Rob Gronkowski) without taking anything away from the match.

NXT 3/20/14, Adam Rose vs. Camacho: This really impressed me as they had four people in the booth for this match (Phillips, Saxton, Regal, and Young). Renee provided a wonderful foil for Regal with their back and forth of Young trying to be Regal’s date to one of Rose’s parties. They were all able to gang up on Saxton being a geek and not having any chance of getting in. They talked about Rose’s flamboyance and spirit, but noted it only goes so far and that he needs to show talent in the ring and cannot take his competition lightly. They helped sell the outrageous character, but still note he is a wrestler.

In each example, the in-ring competition was made better by the commentary. Only two of the matches I mentioned above were of any real note (Zayn vs. Cesaro and Paige vs. Emma). However, because of the commentary, I was engaged in the action with the other matches. I felt entertained and enjoyed watching wrestling.

This is a sharp contrast with the commentary crew of the WWE’s main shows. Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler cover Raw while Cole and JBL also handle duties on Smackdown. There are many times where I find it almost a chore to watch the shows. Part of this is due to the fact Raw is three hours long, but another part of it is due to the commentary. Looking back to the past few weeks of Raw and Smackdown, there is nothing I can think of that stands out as being memorable from the commentary in a positive way. The biggest thing I remember of the commentary from them was the Memphis show where it was endless jokes about Lawler’s shirt. Often during a broadcast, all three seem to be in competition with each other over who can come up with the wittiest zinger, or can get in the most time talking. They will go whole matches where they will give only a casual mention to what is going on in the ring; either discussing what happened earlier in the night, or something that has no connection to anything pertaining to the WWE. The animosity between Cole and JBL goes well beyond a heel/face dynamic. Neither one lets the other have a chance to make their point; instead trying to twist each other’s words before they’ve had a chance to finish a sentence.

I know part of the problem the Raw and Smackdown crew face is the increased pressure of topics to discuss and play up during a show. They have to shill the pay-per-views, their sponsors, and other storylines as they are broadcasting to a different audience. While the NXT crew just has to focus on their small universe of developmental talent, Cole, JBL, and Lawler must try to sell everything in the universe. However, there seems to be too much emphasis on the ancillary factors and as a result, the in-ring action suffers. Further, I have seen examples of hitting all the necessary points without taking away from the product. This week, I watched Main Event for the first time, curious about the commentary team. Phillips and Saxton were the duo in the booth, and they were able to smoothly discuss events from Raw and Smackdown, get in the necessary “hashtag” reference, and shill various sponsors; all without taking away from the action in the ring.

In comparing and contrasting all the styles of the various commentators, here is where I find the key problem: the main announce team is trying too hard to be memorable. Cole appears determined to be the next Jim Ross; JBL wants to be the next Heenan or Ventura; and Lawler is holding on to his glory days of announcing. They make the commentary about themselves, not about the product in the ring. They all have their lexicon of hackneyed shorthand phrases. We all know Cole’s “vintage” and “controlled fury.” There is also JBL’s “Mexico’s greatest export,” and “goat-faced troll.” In listening to Phillips, Saxton, and all, I did not hear a single repeated phrase. The only commentary I heard to the point of annoyance from NXT was Mojo Rawley’s “I don’t get hyped, I stayed hype” catchphrase. That is not the fault of the announce crew though, given Rawley’s one dimensional character. Further, I give the announcers credit trying to come up with different ways of playing up his “high intensity” and “hype” so they could minimize the use of the phrase. To put it simply, I could not come up with a drinking game involving Phillip, Saxton, and company. With Cole, JBL, and Lawler, I came up with a variation that would leave an average person being treated for alcohol poisoning after one episode of Raw.

This raises the question, what to do with the announcing in the WWE? Ever since my first column, I have been advocating Smackdown be taken over by Renee Young and William Regal. The two have a chemistry that is undeniable and has not been seen since JR and King in their glory days or Gorilla Monsoon and Heenan. Regal is the savvy veteran who can smoothly transition between rooting for the heel while still putting over the face. Young holds her own with any of the men in the WWE, which is an accomplishment for any announcer, regardless of gender. Try as some have to embarrass her or play her down (New Age Outlaws for example) she holds her own either with a quick comment or facial expressions that surpass any possible verbal retort. She can fawn over the men without seeming creepy or shallow, and portrays a confidence and knowledge of moves, history, and storylines. In my opinion, the WWE is sitting on a goldmine with a broadcast duo of Young/Regal and are fools to not permanently team the two up and give them Smackdown.

If Vince though wants to hold on to his misogynistic ways and cannot imagine a woman calling wrestling on a weekly basis on a main show, there are still options. Give Young and Regal NXT and Main Event and move Phillips and Saxton over to Smackdown. Those two also have a strong chemistry (though not as dynamic as Young and Regal) and also portray a confidence, coolness, and professionalism that bring credibility to the shows they call. My one complaint with the two is that I find their voices to be similar and at times was confused who was who when they were part of a three-person team. As a duo though, I am able to distinguish. I was impressed with their performance on Main Event and actually want to watch the show on a regular basis.

Personally, if it were up to me, I would give Young and Regal Raw, Phillips and Saxton Smackdown, Riley (with a little more grooming for play by play) and Albert NXT, and Cole and JBL Main Event. I do not know what it is about Cole but after all these years I am not impressed with him as a commentator. I do not know if it is because he must parrot everything Vince tells him to, or it is his lack of ability to find a better way to express the intended meaning. He still gets moves wrong on a regular basis, gets too wrapped up in his perceived wittiness, and just overall detracts from the in-ring performance. His effort to make himself a character, be it his feud with Lawler or his shameless mockery of the women on NXT Season Three is just embarrassing. He seems more interested in making the shows an extension of “The JBL and Cole Show,” with him as the star. As for JBL, he and Cole did have a good chemistry at one point several years ago, but it has since disappeared. The give and take they had as a duo is gone, replaced with a bickering that I cannot tell if is in character or an honest animosity between the two. Whatever it is, it hampers the shows, and if their positions were based on merit, they deserve relegation to a secondary show.

Last, but not least, it is time for Jerry Lawler to call it a career on commentary. His commentary makes him feel like a third wheel on Raw, and that he knows it. He tries way too hard with his jokes and quips. There are times where you can hear him fighting to keep his sexist comments within the confines of TV-PG to avoid getting yelled at. I will give him credit that about once every 3-4 weeks he says something that is truly funny. But with performance that low, it is time for him to be cut. I would not even relegate him down to be a third commentator on NXT as I fear his quips and jibes would hurt the development of the new talent.

There it is, my shuffling of the WWE announce crews. I am very curious on what people think of Phillips, Saxton, Young, Regal, Riley, and Albert. Am I alone in my appreciation of their work? Do you agree or disagree with my take on Cole and company? I do not usually ask for comments from people but this is one where I actively want to hear your take on the announcing in the WWE. It is such an integral part in the selling of their product and I want to hear if I am not alone in finding that their current “A team” is detrimental to their roster.

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Smackdown – 09.17.03 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:43:52 +0000 The SmarK Rant for WWE Smackdown – 09.17.03

Vince McMahon introduces the show, but Undertaker interrupts his pre-tape and threatens VIOLENCE.

GIANT FIST era!  Oh yeah!

Taped from North Carolina State, which would be the in state of North Carolina, one would presume.

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Tazz

Rey Mysterio & Chris Benoit v. Tajiri & Rhyno

Benoit throws chops on Tajiri, but gets caught in the Tarantula.  Rhyno comes in with a spinebuster for two.  Benoit reverses a backdrop suplex for two and gets his own, and it’s over to Rey.  Moonsault press on Rhyno and a tornado DDT get two, and it’s BONZO GONZO.  Tajiri accidentally mists Rhyno and we get a 619 into a german suplex on Tajiri, and then Mysterio finishes Rhyno with the Drop the Dime at 3:17.  That 619/suplex combo was the prettiest thing ever.  **

Torrie Wilson & Nidia v. Shaniqua

Man, where did the Bashams disappear to, anyway?  Doug Basham was a long-running Cornette project and he just vanished from the business after his WWE run flopped.  Linda Miles didn’t last much longer than this, either.  Nidia gets a rollup for two, but Shaniqua clotheslines them both and slams Torrie onto Nidia.  Powerbomb finishes Nidia at 1:34.  Poor Dawn Marie gets booted right out of her heels and then run into the post as well.  This would have seemed to be leading up to something, but it didn’t.  DUD

Meanwhile, Vince and his entourage still can’t make Stephanie quit as GM.

Meanwhile, John Cena cuts an impassioned freestyle rap against Eddie Guerrero.  WORD LIFE.

WWE Tag titles:  Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin v. Los Guerreros

Shelton gets double-teamed in the Guerrero corner, but the champs return the favor on Eddie.  Chavo comes in and stomps Benjamin down in the corner, then cleans house to set up stereo dives.  We take a break and return with Eddie choking Haas in the corner, but Chavo gets caught in the heel corner.  Back to Eddie, who reverses a powerbomb into a rollup for two, but Chavo comes in and walks into a superkick.  Haas with a suplex for two and Benjamin goes to work on Chavo’s injured arm.  False tag to Eddie, but Chavo keeps fighting and makes it on the second try.  Three Amigos for Benjamin, but Haas catches him from behind with a german suplex for two.  Eddie takes them both down with headscissors and goes up, but changes his mind and dumps Haas instead.  The champs grab chairs, but Chavo clips Benjamin’s knee to foil that.  Haas is alone, so it’s a brainbuster and frog splash to give the Guerreros the tag titles back at 14:00.  There was a really scary spot here as the Guerreros tried to flapjack Haas, but he took the bump like he was expecting to do a backdrop and he seemed to knock himself silly.  Good stuff regardless.  ***1/4  I forget how they got the tag titles off them, but I do remember Big Show beating Eddie for the US title in a senseless change.

WWE title, Iron Man match:  Kurt Angle v. Brock Lesnar

Angle was the babyface and Lesnar was Vince McMahon’s muscle, for those who have trouble keeping track, like myself.  Brock stomps him down in the corner and tosses him around the ring, but Angle comes back with clotheslines.  Overhead suplex puts Brock on the floor and he takes some time out there.  Back in, Brock has a cramp in his leg and calls time, then attacks Angle anyway.  Angle puts him on the floor with armdrags, thus causing Brock’s ruse to BACKFIRE.  He stalls for a while to stretch things out, and FINALLY catches him with a necksnap to take over.  And then Angle puts him right back out with a clothesline and this time Brock really does hurt his knee.  Angle follows, but Brock beats on him outside and runs him into the post, and then beats on him with a chair for the DQ at 8:38.  And with Angle out cold, Brock finishes him off with the F5 to even it up at 10:20, 1-1.  Brock remains in control and now tries an anklelock, and Kurt taps at 12:12, putting Brock up 2-1 as we take a break.  So HHH’s strategy pays off here again, with Brock giving up a fall to get 2.

Back with Brock working him over in the corner, but Angle slugs back and hits the rolling germans.   Brock leverages him out of the ring and they slug it out on the floor, with Brock hitting an F5 out there to draw a “Holy Shit” chant.  Obviously Angle is counted out at 20:22 to put Brock up 3-1.  And we take another break and return with Brock elbowing him to the floor.  Back in, Brock drops elbows for two and the GODDAMNED NETWORK FREEZES UP ON ME.  So I exit and FF back to the spot again, and this shit better not go down during Wrestlemania.  It’s basically been perfect for a while now, but if it’s freezing up during a random episode of Smackdown in the morning, that’s not good.  Angle comes back with the Angle Slam and it’s 3-2 Brock at 27:13.  So Angle takes control now with a suplex for two and the straps are down.  Another Angle Slam is reversed to the F5, but Angle reverses out of that into the anklelock.  Brock rolls out of that, but accidentally clotheslines the ref on the follow-through.  Angle gets the Slam, but there’s no ref.  The replay shows Brian Hebner taking a MANLY bump off that clothesline, too.  No wonder he’s dead here.  Brock goes into Viking Space Lord mode and demands the belt, then lays out Angle but good.  Yeah, he’s done.  4-2 Brock at 29:42.

Back from another break with Angle fighting from underneath and whipping Brock into the stairs, then following with a double axehandle to the floor.  That gets two.  To the top for a missile dropkick that gets two.  Anglesault misses, but he gets a rollup for two and then Brock puts him down with a clothesline again.  He follows with an overhead throw, literally throwing Angle over his head without even falling back.  These men are good at the wrestlings.  Angle takes him down with an anklelock, but Brock powers out of it and Angle is on the floor again.  Back in, Brock gets two.  He goes for the stairs this time, but Angle dropkicks it back in his face and gets two.  He chokes away in the corner and gets two, and we take one last break.  Back with Brock now up 5-2 to really put Angle in a bad place.  They fight to the announce table, where the announcers are clearly not saying the things we’re hearing on the TV.  WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS VOODOO?  Anyway, Angle F5’s Brock into the post to really mess up the knee, and back in for a half-crab.  Brock makes the ropes, so Angle turns into the anklelock and forces Brock to fight out of it.  Angle keeps coming after him, but Brock hits a desperate F5 and gets two.  He goes up to finish for good, but Angle catches him with the superplex at 51:40 to make it 5-3.

Home stretch now, and both guys are out.  They slug it out and Angle wins that battle in the corner and pulls up the straps, so that he can pull them down again.  Angle Slam is reversed into a DDT that gets two for Brock.  Angle slugs away, but Brock hits a german suplex to slow him up and then two more, but Angle gets his own and rolls into another anklelock, and Brock has nowhere to go and taps at 56:00 to make it 5-4 Brock.  Angle slaps it on again and Brock powers out, so Angle puts him in an STF instead and gets nowhere with that.  Back to the floor and Angle puts him in the anklelock, which is kind of a dumb thing to do out there.  Brock keeps running out the clock on the floor, and Angle chases him back in for the rolling germans.  But time is running out and Brock goes low.  Angle goes back to the anklelock and locks it in, but time runs out at 60:00 and Brock is the WWE champion again.  I originally gave it ****1/4 because it was kind of slow and repetitive, and that still sounds close.  Especially with the anti-climactic finish with Angle taking up way too much time with suplexes.   I’ll go ****1/2 because I was really into it, but it’s nowhere near a ***** match or anything.

The Pulse

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 11.10.99 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:42:09 +0000 The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 11.10.99

Taped from Baltimore, MD

Your hosts are Michael Cole & Jerry Lawler

So Vince Russo is a few months removed from the product, and this is the go-home show for Survivor Series 99, a fucking terrible show with a gigantic bait-and-switch main event.

Evil DX is out to start, as the Outlaws have resolved their differences and regained the tag titles for the last time (until 2014!).  We go back to RAW, with D-X basically cheesing Vince off with their hilarious “raping Stephanie” prank, but HHH reveals that they just hired an actress to portray the part of Steph.  So don’t worry, they just pretended to rape some skank.  Billy insinuates that the size of his dick “punctured her lung”.  This stuff was on prime time TV?  HHH promises to go through Rock and Austin (who, by the way, was known to be severely injured for a least a month before this) and retain the title, and then go through Vince next.  This brings out Vince to announce that tonight, in this very ring, it’s D-X v. Kane, Shane, Test & Rock in an elimination match, with Steve Austin as “guest enforcer”.   HHH notes that Test is bad in the sack, so he charges out and gets beat up.

Meanwhile, Kurt Angle debuts at Survivor Series!

Edge v. Hardcore Holly

Edge tries a rana and gets dropped on the top rope, and Bob chokes him out on the ropes.  Suplex and Holly goes up and lands on Edge’s boot, and Edge makes the comeback.  Fisherman’s suplex gets two.  Tornado DDT gets two.  Holly catches him with the DROPKICK OF DOOM and goes up, but Edge crotches him and brings him down with a superplex.  Holly does the Dynamite Kid reversal and gets the pin at 3:30, however.  Still a short match, but you can immediately tell how much more calm and easier-paced the show is.  *1/2

Meanwhile, The Governator arrives.

Meanwhile, Big Show preps for his father’s funeral.  Hopefully nothing hilarious happens to ruin it!

The Godfather & D-Lo Brown v. The Dudley Boyz

Very early in the Dudley run, obviously, as they were still wearing the dated tie-dye ECW look after jumping ship.  D-Lo gets worked over quickly and they do the future Wazzup , but Bubba misses the senton.  He gets a big boot for two as the crowd is just ice cold for the Dudleyz, which is kind of weird given how red hot they became leading up to winning the tag titles in 2000.  D-Lo with a powerbomb and it’s hot tag Godfather, as tries the Ho Train and gets cut off by Bubba.  The assorted Hos distract the ref, and the 3D finishes D-Lo at 3:53.  You could see that move starting to get over, and once they changed their look it was time for the next level.  ½*

Meanwhile, D-X are no fans of Arnold, and will be telling him so.

Val Venis v. British Bulldog

Val’s promo before the match rages against Al Snow for treating women like objects, when in fact Val’s gimmick is treating women like objects.  So Bulldog is a babyface here?  He’s got the Mean Street Posse as backup, but I never know with this time period.  Or maybe Snow was the heel at this period?  That sounds more correct, actually.  Anyway, while I muse about this, a big schmoz breaks out between the Survivor Series teams for the DQ at 1:00.  DUD  Watching Bulldog try to move around the ring was just sad.

Meanwhile, Rock meets up with Arnold.  And then in real life, Arnold really did pass the torch as the big action star of Hollywood.

Meanwhile, Big Bossman crashes the funeral, complete with bullhorn mounted on a police car.  And then in the final touch, he hooks up the casket and steals it, which gives us the visual of Show surfing on the casket trying to stop it.  Separated from the ridiculousness of the angle 15 years later, it’s pretty goddamned funny to see Bossman go so far over the top as a cartoon supervillain.  And you know what?  Show beat the shit out of him and pinned his team in less than a minute at the PPV to get his revenge and then won the World title, so FINE.  He was a bad person and he got 100% of his comeuppance.  You can put all the heat on the heels you want as long as there’s a payoff!

Hardcore title:  Big Bossman v. Faarooq

Faarooq quickly runs Bossman into the railing and hits him with a chair while jumping off the announce table.  Stairs to the head get two.  Sadly, Albert comes out and maces Faarooq, and Bossman pins to retain at 2:30.  DUD

Meanwhile, Chyna thinks that Jericho has “Va-Chyna Envy”.  See, because Jericho has a SMALL PENIS.  Wasn’t the Attitude Era so great?  Anyway, who let her talk?  During the break, however, Jericho storms in and assaults her with various feminine hygiene products.  So obviously it took them a while to shake off the Russo-ness.

Chris Jericho is here, and he’s not OK with feminism or women winning titles.

Grandmaster Sexay v. Jeff Hardy

Jeff baseball slides Sexay and follows with a senton to the floor, but back in Sexay gets a backdrop suplex.  This was actually the first time they started calling them “Sexay” and “Scotty 2 Hotty”, in fact.  Sexay with a northern lights suplex for two and he goes up, but Jeff goes low and brings him down with a rana for two.  Jeff to the top, but Scotty runs interference.  Jeff tosses him out of the ring but only gets two on Sexay thanks to Terri.  More shenanigans and Sexay hits the Stroke for the win at 3:31.  There was literally four or five people running around behind Teddy Long’s back at one point.  *

Meanwhile, Arnold thinks that Steve Austin should go see End of Days.  He would have been one of the few.

Vince McMahon is out to present Arnold with a WWF title belt to represent his status as “box office champion of the world”, which is kind of funny in that End of Days basically destroyed that reputation.

Meanwhile, D-X tries to attack Arnold, but it’s just some guy…and then they shrug and continue beating him up anyway.  Ha!

WWF Women’s title:  Ivory v. Tori

Ivory notes that Tori is into “smoked sausage” as we continue to learn valuable information about the penises of WWF superstars tonight.  All the women head to ringside to build up the “special one fall sudden death Survivor Series match” at the PPV.  So, you know, a match.  And of course it’s the big 8 person brawl.

HHH, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn & X-Pac v. Kane, Test, Shane McMahon & The Rock

Finally Rock’s music has been adjusted to the one he still uses today.  Odd how the change from “Do You Smell…” to “If You Smell…” could make such a huge difference.  Test is “injured” from earlier and so it’s 3-on-4.  Big brawl to start as X-Pac and Kane fight up the ramp and get counted out at 1:00.  HHH and the Outlaws beat on Shane as Arnold is SHOCKED at the violence while doing commentary.  He punched him right in the stomach!  That must hurt!  Gunn with a jackhammer on Shane for two and HHH slugs away, but Shane comes back with a spear on Dogg.  HHH cuts him off and pounds away in the corner, and Dogg slugs him down before Rock has finally had enough and puts him down with a clothesline.  But Billy Gunn sneaks in while the ref removes Rock, and hits Shane with the fameasser to eliminate him at 5:53.  So the Rock is alone, but Test makes a miraculous return, perhaps with the fast-healing powers of steroids, and chokes out Dogg in the corner for his big highspot.  Gunn hits him with a chair and gets DQ’d at 7:10, however.  Dogg and Test collide and it’s finally hot tag Rock.  Rock Bottom ends Dogg at 8:30.  Test comes back in and HHH goes low for two.  And then he finally just puts the ref out, and Austin hits HHH with a chair and puts Test on top for the pin at 10:10.  And then HHH goes after Arnold and gets his ass kicked, which I’m sure he was more than happy to do.  Like, HHH just sold like crazy for him there.  Anyway, the match was kind of junky, but fine.  **1/4  Really really weird booking, though, as they KNEW Austin wasn’t going to be there on Sunday, but they still put all this heat on the Rock/Austin/HHH feud anyway, and then had Test go over for the finish when they knew that wasn’t going to be the big swerve for it.  Like, if they really were going to pull the trigger on Test and give him the title at Survivor Series that would be one thing, but they had no intention of doing that.

The Pulse

So here’s what we learned:  Billy Gunn has a large penis, Chris Jericho has a small penis, and Kane has a “smoked sausage”.  Also, D-X thinks that rape is hilarious, and 1999 was really fucking awful until HHH suddenly became awesome in December and finally lived up to the push he had been getting for the past six months.×250.jpg

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HTC’s Wrestling Pulsecast – WrestleMania Trivia Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:06:43 +0000 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!×120-2013.jpg×250-wrestling-pulsecast.jpg

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WWE SmackDown Spoilers and Results for Friday 03.14.2014: WrestleMania XXX Build Continues with HHH’s Response to Daniel Bryan’s Occupy Raw Movement Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:07:06 +0000 WWE Friday Night SmackDown spoilers and results for Friday 3/14/14 featuring Triple H’s response to Daniel Bryan’s Occupy Raw movement, Bray Wyatt’s promo on John Cena to promote their match at WrestleMania XXX and more:

–Opening segment: Triple H comes out and says Daniel Bryan is not at SmackDown tonight. HHH then said there will not be a happy ending for Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 30 and that he was going to end the YES! movement himself.

Hunter then called out Damien Sandow to chastise him for not getting into the ring on Raw. HHH demanded an apology from Sandow, who did just that.

But then…

–Seth Rollins def. Damien Sandow followed by a Triple Power Bomb to Sandow by The Shield.

–Big E def. Fandango

–After replying The Undertaker vs. Paul Heyman exchange from Raw, Bad News Barrett makes his appearance. Barrett says he’s got some BAD NEWS! The Streak will end at WrestleMania XXX and parents who stay up all night consoling their children will be fired the next day for falling asleep at work.

–The Rhodes Brothers def. The Real Americans

–Bray Wyatt def. Kofi Kingston

–Kane tells The Shield to be in his corner when he faces Big Show tonight. Roman Reigns said they don’t take orders from Kane but Seth Rollins said they always do what’s best for business.

–Nikki Bella def. Tamina Snuka

–Dolph Ziggler def. Alberto Del Rio – afterwards Ziggler announced he’ll be in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30

–Carlos Colon will be in the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame class.

–Bray Wyatt cut another promo on John Cena – Cena will respond Monday night on Raw.

–They do another Alexander Rusev introductory promo

–Big Show def. Kane – The Shield REFUSED to help Corporate Kane and after the match Kane missed a Choke Slam on Rollins and was speared by Reigns to cap things off.

Is this a face turn for The Shield? Interesting.

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 08.25.99 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:02:44 +0000 The SmarK Rant for WWF Smackdown – 08.25.99

And back to the very first episode of Smackdown we go, although this isn’t the pilot episode where the Corporation merged with the Ministry and all that bullshit.  This would be three days after HHH won the WWF title for the first time and then never let it go.  This was the tail end of Vince Russo’s run, as he was beyond burned out and losing whatever shred of continuity and logic that he had.

Taped from Kansas City, MO.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler.

The set is interesting, actually, as RAW was all angles and lines and this one is all ovals and curves.

HHH joins us to start, but he doesn’t do the water spit entrance yet.  When DID that start, anyway?  So, and here’s some irony for you, HHH is bitching about the office holding him back, but don’t worry, because he crammed it down all our throats anyway and won the title.  The Attitude belt remains awesome, by the way, and deserves a nostalgic return.  This was the start of HHH’s classic Neanderthal grunting interview style that everyone mocked him for online for years, by the way.  “I beat Stone Cold-uh, and Mankind-uh…”  So the Rock interrupts and challenges him to a title match TONIGHT.  HHH tells him to get lost, but Rock wasn’t done speaking.  Rock is just in his glory here running through the catchphrases and controlling the crowd effortlessly.  So this brings out Commissioner HB-Shizzle to make the match official…with himself as the referee to ensure fairness.  This brings out Shane-O-Mac to appoint himself second referee, but Shawn points out that he just had a “four star match” at Summerslam and so he’s a wrestler now, which allows Shawn to book him against Mankind instead.  And so we get a giant brawl as Rock destroys the Mean Street Posse and HHH escapes.  Convoluted booking and multiple levels of authority figures aside, this was a fun start.

Jeff Jarrett v. Billy Gunn

Gunn quickly gets a powerslam for two, but Debra uses her boobs to distract him, allowing Jarrett to get an armbar takedown.  They head to the floor and Gunn gets run into the post.  Back in, now Chyna heads out, having switched from heel to babyface in ONE SEGMENT.  Jarrett is distracted and gets rolled up for the pin at 3:00.  So there you go, distraction finishes weren’t unique to today’s product.  And then Chyna turns on Gunn as well, because Vince Russo.  *

Meanwhile, Al Snow is distraught over the treatment of his beloved dog Pepper by Big Bossman.

Meanwhile, Howard Finkel polishes Chris Jericho’s boots.

WWF tag titles:  Undertaker & Big Show v. Kane & X-Pac v. The Acolytes

Undertaker does commentary instead of wrestling, because he’s showing tough love to Big Show.  It’s quickly a three-way brawl and Show gets dumped.  Undertaker notes that this is leading to a big plan and he’ll reveal it when the time is right.  Of course, it went nowhere and Undertaker disappeared for months before returning as a biker in 2000.  Show fights off the Acolytes with chokeslams, but Kane saves and slugs it out with Show.  The Acolytes beat on Kane, and Show finishes X-Pac with the chokeslam at 3:38.  Rushed junk.  ½*

Big Bossman joins us to threaten TERRIBLE THINGS for Snow’s dog if he doesn’t get the Hardcore title RIGHT NOW.

Hardcore title:  Al Snow v. Big Bossman

As promised, Bossman brings the vicious Chihuahua out (with a muzzle on it) for safekeeping at the announce table.  Bossman as the world’s most cartoonishly evil heel is kind of funny in a way.  Bossman slugs a distracted Snow out of the ring, but Al comes back with the standard cookie sheet and ladder.  Snow goes to check on the dog, but Bossman nails him with the nightstick to win the title at 2:25 and then kidnaps the dog again.  DUD  Things would not end well for that poor mutt.

Road Dogg v. Chris Jericho

As noted several times tonight, this is the in-ring debut for Jericho.  Road Dogg trying to do the NAO routine solo is just so very sad.  Also, he wants to make Jericho into his prison bitch or something.  Dogg dumps him with a clothesline, but gets sent into the stairs.  Back in, Finkel sprays Dogg with whatever horrifying radioactive-yellow energy drink they were shilling that week and Jericho takes over with a backbreaker.  He grabs a table for some reason, but Dogg makes the comeback with the shaky leg kneedrop for two.  Jericho powerbombs him through the table for the DQ at 4:30.  JR posits that we’ll never forget Jericho’s Smackdown debut.  I have literally already forgotten about it.  *

Meanwhile, Jericho sics Finkel on Tony Chimmel, complete with Ultimate Warrior’s music.  So we get a ring announcer brawl, which sadly is only the second-most embarrassing thing on this terrible show thus far.

Ken Shamrock v. Val Venis

No match, as Shamrock brawls with Chris Jericho in another angle that went nowhere.  But then Shamrock v. Jericho would have been the trainwreck to end all trainwrecks at this point in Jericho’s career, so maybe it’s for the best.  Instead, Stephanie McMahon comes out to answer Test’s marriage proposal.  She says yes, although Vince Russo didn’t actually know where the storyline was going and they had to basically rewrite the whole thing when he left.  Shane and the Posse come out to break up the happy couple, but Mankind saves with a chair and wants the match with Shane right now.  Jesus, SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.  I’m watching this show and I feel like I need 5 seconds to digest something that happens, and instead I’m constantly bombarded with stuff.

Mankind v. Shane McMahon

So I guess this is the match?  They brawl around ringside with no ref and the Posse ends up fighting with the Stooges.  In the ring, Mankind quickly dispatches Shane with Mr. Socko, but now Chyna distracts him and HHH puts Mick down with a chair, as Shane triumphs.  What the fuck kind of drugs were everyone doing at this point?  Chyna has now turned three times in the same show.  DUD

Meanwhile, Ken Shamrock threatens to kill Finkel, who craps his pants in fear.  Also, Tori may be naked for some reason.  More updates as they come.

Evening Gown match:  Ivory v. Tori

Tori wants to be naked, but Tony Garea forces her to wear a shirt.  Tori quickly attacks and starts ripping the dress off, winning at 0:50.  Yeah, OK.  Tori disappeared from the sport in 2001 and apparently teaches yoga now.  No big loss.

WWF World title:  HHH v. The Rock

Oh god the tiny shorts!  I had blocked Shawn’s referee attire out of my mind and now I can’t unsee it again!  They quickly trade finisher attempts and HHH gets a clothesline and chokes away in the corner.  Rock tosses him and they fight up to the entrance for a Rock suplex on the stage.  Back to the ring, they slug it out and Rock dumps him again.  This is what people meant by “main event style” back then, as guys would fill time in the match by brawling out of the ring with no rhyme or reason.  Chyna gets involved and Shawn sends her away, which distracts him long enough to miss Rock DDTing HHH.  But now Shane joins us at ringside as they keep adding more and more STUFF to the match.  HHH takes over with a suplex and kneedrop for two.  Rock fights out of a chinlock and puts HHH down with a stungun, but now Shawn is distracted with Shane.  Rock takes out Shane, hits Rock Bottom, but walks into a superkick from Shawn to allow HHH to retain with KICK WHAM PEDIGREE at 9:40.  **  What a car wreck.  And then Shawn’s heel turn was never mentioned again or followed up on.

The Pulse

You can tell Russo was approaching critical mass because this show was STUFFED with his worst instincts all fired at the screen one after another with no time to breathe in between segments.  Not to mention the numerous angles and storylines started that ended up never paying off in any meaningful way.  Thankfully once he left things slowed down a lot and started moving at a more natural pace again, but this was pretty awful.×250.jpg

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Boo-tista Movement Update: Botchamania 244 Gag Makes it to WWE SmackDown Friday 03.07.2014 (Batista, Daniel Bryan) Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:43:40 +0000 On Botchamania episode 244, the Boo-tista movement continued when the folks at Botchamania took “Boos” from the Super Mario Bros. franchise and threw them all over the screen.

As absolutely hilarious as that was, even funnier is that this week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown 3/7/14, at least one fan on the camera side paid homage to the Botchamania 244 gag by throwing up a Boo-Tista sign during the opening segment between Batista, Daniel Bryan, the Big Show and Corporate Kane:

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Wrestling Videos From Around The Web – 3.5.14 Wed, 05 Mar 2014 20:51:52 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250




WWE Inbox (Episode 109)


“This Life” (An Official Smackdown Theme) by CFO$ Featuring Dylan Owen


WWE “Man Wars: Episode 1″


WWE “Man Wars: Episode 2″


The JBL & Cole Show (Episode 66)


Wrestlemania in 60 Seconds – Wrestlemania I


2/28/14 WWE Smackdown “Fallout”


3/3/14 WWE RAW “Fallout”


3/3/14 WWE RAW “Fallout” – Crack in the Shield?


Top 20 Moves of Kaitlyn


Top 20 Moves of Fandango


Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins on FOX 8


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania V


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania X-Seven


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania III


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XXIV


WrestlMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XIV


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XXVIII


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania IX


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XI


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XXVI


WrestleMania in 60 Seconds – WrestleMania XIX


WWE Top 10 – WWE Main Event Moments


Former WWF Photographer Tom Buchanan Interview



2/27/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”


2/28/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”


The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 26)


2/28/14 POWW Webcast

Schamberger Labs (Episode 36)


The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 27)


Greg Gagne’s Memories of Billy Robinson @The Apter Chat


Pro Wrestling 101 Live – Bob Evans Interview


Bill Apter Reports on Jake Roberts Cancer Diagnosis Update Report



East Coast Wrestling Association “Code Red” (Season 1, Episode 4)


Ohio Valley Wrestling TV (Episode 758)


New England Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 48)


3/1/14 NWA Championship International Wrestling TV


2/28/14 Canadian Wrestling’s Elite TV


Future Stars of Wrestling “Lowdown” (Season 2, Episode 3)


Traditional Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 14-09)


Vanguard Championship Wrestling “Hype Machine” (Episode 36)


Reality of Wrestling TV (Episode 5)


AIWF Mid-Atlantic TV (Episode 164)



#IMPACT365 – Gunner Reacts to his Confrontation With James Storm


#IMPACT365 – James Storm Reacts to What Happened with Gunner


#IMPACT365  -Madson Rayne & Velvet Sky Talk About Reuniting


#IMPACT365 – An Interview With German Superstar Bad Bones


#IMPACT365 – Christy Hemme Reacts to what Samuel Shaw Did


#IMPACT365 – Kurt Angle Discusses His HoF Induction and Ethan Carter III


#IMPACT365 – EC3 Talks Doug Williams, MVP, Lethal Lockdown


#IMPACT365 – EC3 Visits His Aunt Dixie, Discusses Lockdown this Sunday


3/4/14 IMPACT Podcast


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Wrestling From Around The Web – 3.3.14 Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:09:58 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250




WWE Top Ten  -Undertaker Returns


2/24/14 WWE RAW “Slam of the Week”


2/28/14 WWE Smackdown “Slam of the Week”


WWE’s 30-Second Fury – Lita’s Moonsaults



Top 80 Moves of Ricky Marvin


3/1/14 PWR Primetime Wrestling Report


West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Spotlight” (Episode 94)


Wrestle Talk TV (Season 4, Episode 1)



New NWA National Heavyweight Champion



Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 422)


3/2/14 Southern States Wrestling TV


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Major WWE SmackDown Spoiler for Friday 02.28.2014 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:32:11 +0000 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?

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Wrestling Videos From Around The Web: Weekend Roundup! Wed, 26 Feb 2014 16:53:48 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250



Every now and then, Inside Pulse runs into similar issues as the new WWE Network. We got backlogged with work and news over the weekend & wasn’t able to post our own popular video feature. Well, now you get them all at once! Gives you something to watch while the Network loads.


WWE Celebrates Black History Month – Naomi


2/21/14 WWE Smackdown “Fallout”


2/17/14 WWE RAW “Slam of the Week”


2/21/14 WWE Smackdown “Slam of the Week”


Hulk Hogan Thanks Anthony Ashbrook


2/21/14 WWE Smackdown “Fallout”-Dancing the Night Away


The JBL & Cole Show (Episode 65)


30-Second Fury – Elimination Chamber


WWE in 5-Week of 2/17/14


2/19/14 WWE NXT


Five Things You Will Rediscover WWE Network

Five Things You Will Discover When NXT Airs on The WWE Network

The Great Khali Becomes a U.S. Citizen

WWE Mashup-Alberto Del Rio Vs. The Wyatts

WWE Honors Black History Month-Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson

2/24/14 WWE RAW “Fallout”-Alberto Del Rio

2/24/14 WWE RAW “Fallout”-Zeb Coulter

WWE Honors Black History Month-Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson

WWE Countdown Extra With Dolph Ziggler

Mr. T Competes at Wrestlemania-Wrestlemania Rewind WWE Network Extra


2/20/14 #GimmickTable

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 24)

Ringside Collectibles’ “Ringside or Riot” (Season 3, Episode 19)

The Apter Chat: Crimson

River City Wreslting on KENS-TV 2/20/14

Zane & Caleb #POTW-Meet & Greet

2/20/14 #Gimmicktable

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 24)

Ringside Collectibles’ “Ringside Or Riot” (Season 3, Episode 19)

River City Wrestling on KENS-TV 2/20/14

Zane & Caleb #POTW-Meet & Greet

AJ Styles Is Ready For Jay Lethal Tonight

Balls Mahoney Buries Wade Keller (CAUTION: Course Language)

2/22/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”

Hogan to Host Wrestlemania XXX-The Apter Reaction

1/22/14 PWR Primetime Wrestling Talk (TV Version)

Top 30 Moves of Blitzkrieg

West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Spotlight” (Episode 93)

Allison Danger Reveals her Farewell SHIMMER Match

WWE Elimination Chamber Review @ The Apter Chat

The Touching Story of Matt Morgan’s Sabbatical & Where He’s Headed Next-Apter Chat

IHWE Announcement! A New IHWE Champion is Crowned!

“Worst Promo Ever” (Episode 53)

Pro Wrestling 101 Live-Scott Hall Interview

Schamberger Labs (Episode 35)

The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 25)

Alpha-1 Wrestling “Chaos Cup” (Full Show!)

Bill Apter’s Exclusive Update on Jake “The Snake” Robert

What’s next? @RealJeffJarrett & @KarenJarrett Speak Out About The Future! #ItsComing on Vimeo

Fans Rush The Ring at DGUSA in Brooklyn

Jake the Snake the Day Before Cancer Surgery

2/25/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”


East Coast Wrestling Association “Code Red” TV (Season 1, Episode 3)

Ohio Valley Wrestling TV (Episode 747)

Insane Championship Wrestling “Worldwide” TV (Season 2, Episode 3)

New England Championship Wrestling (Episode 47)

East Coast Wrestling Association “Code Red” TV (Season 1, Episode 3)

Ohio Valley Wrestling TV (Episode 757)

Insane Championship Wrestling “Worldwide” TV (Season 2, Episode 3)

New England Championship Wrestling (Episode 47)

West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 164)

AIWF Mid-Atlantic TV (Episode 162)

2/23/14 Southern States Wrestling TV

2/23/14 NWA-Championship International Wrestling TV

Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 421)

2/22/14 Future Stars of Wrestling “Lowdown” TV

2/23/14 NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling TV

Traditional Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 14-08)

3/2/14 Southern Illinois Wrestling Explosion TV

AIWF Mid-Atlantic TV (Episode 163)


Footage from the TNA Wrestling 2/20/14 UK Tour

#IMPACT365 Exclusive-The Wolves Defeated the Bromans to Win the World Tag Team Championships

#IMPACT365-Mr. Anderson Finds a Guest Ring Announcer in Beckley, West Virginia TNA Live Event

#IMPACT365-Velvet Sky Makes Her Entrance in Beckley, West Virginia at TNA Live Event

#IMPACT365-Gail Kim Makes Her Entrance in Backley, West Virginia at TNA Live Event

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for February 21st 2014: It’s Chamber Time Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:25:55 +0000 Hey folks. Today’s Report comes at you from the town of St Andrews, where I spent Friday night wearing a tux, using a shisha and kept getting handed glasses of Prosecco. It’s the kind of evening I can certainly recommend, but it is now Saturday and I find myself here with a strong coffee, box o’ chocolates and a laptop. Let’s review.

It’s Vickie And The Kane-Kane-Kane-Kane…

We begin the show with Daniel Bryan’s entrance, and if this is going to be one of those ‘Bryan’s going to wrestle for most of the first hour’ things, I’ll go along with it. We watch the Bryan mini-marathon from RAW, and Kane in a vest is not pleasant. Bryan’s taped up tonight, so look forward to him not winning the title this Sunday. His opponent tonight is Jack Swagger, the number one contender for Big E’s championship.

Bryan starts of defensive, kicking Swagger away from his shoulder. Drop-toehold into a headlock, Jack’s shot off the ropes and runs into a knee. Kicks to Swagger in the corner; Bryan’s sent into the corner, backflips out and hits a clothesline, following that up with two corner dropkicks before Swags bails out.

Bryan hits a baseball slide to Jack on the outside, and then throws himself off the apron at Jack…who catches him and then flings him shoulder-first into the barricade, before straight up gorilla-tossing him into the ring post. Back in the ring, a pin gets two and it’s time for Swagger to work that arm. They’re really displaying the All-American Real American’s power here; either that or I really haven’t noticed that until the past few weeks. Bryan gets slammed, and he is screaming pretty loud. Not quite Melina, but up there.

Bryan gets taken up in the corner, and Jack’s looking for a belly-to-belly from the top. Bryan manages to slide out; Swagger gets himself turned around and runs right into a CENASLAYER for the win.

I thought that was pretty good. I’ve mentioned being impressed with Swagger this past week already, and he and Bryan put on a nice match. Some nice selling from the Yes-Man. 2.5 Stars.

Ah, here comes Vickie and the Kane, and tonight they’re doing the same thing they do every night: putting Bryan in unfair situations. So it’s a Bryan-Cesaro match now and don’t ask me to treat that as a heel move.

Cesaro immediately leaps on Bryan, stomping his Jesus-esque ass in the corner and working over the shoulder on the ring post and the ropes. Bryan manages to drop-toehold Cesaro into the turnbuckle, and now it’s time for Cesaro to find out what getting kicked repeatedly feels like (answer: not all that great). Cesaro, however, manages to come off the second rope and drive Bryan’s head into the mat with his knee: that looked nasty, in a good way.

Back to the shoulder now; every single one of Cesaro’s moves is targeting the exact same place. Bryan tries to catch Cesaro off the second rope, but the Swiss Superman catches him and hits a shoulderbreaker. Bryan tries to work his way back, managing to low-bridge Cesaro and then dives out on top of him. As Bryan throws Cesaro back in the ring, Zeb tries to distract him, allowing Cesaro to boot him off the apron. Swagger approaches with a steel chair, but drops it in surprise when he gets caught. Did he think that he was a ninja? Could that be his new gimmick? Not being a ninja, but thinking he was a ninja? Anyway, Jack gets sent to the showers, as the referee wants this to be a clean match, including the folks at ringside. Zeb argues that Jack smells like a field of roses, but this just earns him a shower too.

Back from break, Cesaro is still working the arm, looking damn fired-up. Cesaro goes up to the top, wanting a superplex, but Bryan punches and headbutts his way out, and then hits a missile dropkick. Kicks to the chest, but Cesaro catches the last one and it’s CESARO FUCKING SWING TIME. Man, I know Bryan’s shorter than most, but that had some velocity.

Bryan rolls out of the ring, but Cesaro throws him right back in; Bryan tries to roll him up, but Cesaro kicks out at the last minute and hits his Very European Uppercut; Bryan kicks out. Cesaro measures Bryan, and then slams an uppercut in the corner; Kane comes in for the chokeslam and the DQ.

I can be a bit iffy on the injured-hero matches; they can go wrong or right. This one went right and just made me look forward to Sunday more, which was of course the point. And I love these two locking up. 3 Stars.

Kane grabs a microphone and steals the ring announcer’s job: that’s what makes him a heel. Cesaro jumps Bryan and hits the Neutraliser: that’s what makes him a heel.

Renee Young is backstage with The Most Dangerous Christian, and all I’ve thought about since hearing that name is Christian being hunted for sport (on an aside, I can recommend the movie The Most Dangerous Game for being a classic example of 1930s movies being unintentionally hysterical). Renee asks him if being a douchebag is going to help him against Sheamus; Christian’s all mad and possibly even…Broody. He says that nobody else is going to do this for him, asking if Renee would do it for him. Book that. Book the hell out of that.

We recap the Wyatts and the Shield teasing a fight before Bray going over all coy, like a bearded Victorian lady. And then the Wyatts going at it with the Shield, like bearded Victorian whores. That simile went wrong somewhere.

And speak of the bearded Victorian whores and they shall appear. Bray says there’s not much else left to say anymore, but then comes out with some verbal stoner magic; they’re going to win, basically.

Bray Wyatt, Saving The PG TV Rating

Back from break, the Rhodeses and Mysterio are in the ring as well, and it’s Rey starting off against Harper. Harper starts off on offence, stomping him down before Mysterio hits the boot and makes the tag; double dropkick as Cody comes in. Harper puts Rhodes down with an uppercut, but Cody hits his catch-up clothesline before Harper catches the leg and puts him down again. Tag to Rowan now, laying the beatdown upon Cody. Cody slides out of a bodyslam, kicks out the knee and tags in Goldust.

Goldust gets Rowan in the corner, goes for a crossbody, but Rowan catches him and hits the fallaway slam. Bray’s in now, knocking Goldust down with a clothesline; his roars really are just another thing that makes him so unique. Bray drops some elbows and chokes Goldust on the ropes before tagging Rowan in, letting him continue the mugging with knees and slams. Harper in now, hitting elbows and putting Goldust in a headlock. Goldust tries to fight his way out, but he gets put down with a back elbow and tastes the Gator Roll. Dust manages to create separation, hitting a sunset flip powerbomb and both men need the tag.

Tag to Cody, who hits his missile dropkick and the Rhodes Uppercut; moonsault and a two-count before Mysterio gets the blind tag. Harper’s sent out of the ring and Rey slide-splashes on top of him, hurricanranas him into the apron and, back in the ring, into position for the 619…before Harper catches him with boot. Bray comes in for the pin, but Rey kicks out. Tag to Rowan, who applies the Frisky Bearhug. Sidewalk slam nearly puts Mysterio away and Harper comes in, continuing to maul Rey. Bray comes in, pancaking Rey in the corner before Rey drops him face-first into the turnbuckle. Rowan’s in, but Rey manages to tag in Goldust, who goes to town on Rowan, hitting an atomic drop and a spinebuster and a flying crossbody. Bray gets tossed out of the ring; Rowan gets tossed into the ropes. 619 and a powerslam, but Harper breaks up the pin and takes Mysterio down on the outside; Cody leaps from the top rope onto Harper, taking out all three men. Bray gets the blind tag, but Goldust focuses on Rowan, teasing the nutsack-punt, but Bray takes him out and hits Sister Abigail for the win.

Another good match. Result was pretty obvious, but they hardly phoned it in and hit some great sequences. 2.5 Stars.

Not-Renee is backstage with Sheamus, and Sheamus says he’s looking forward for a hell of a scrap with this fired-up Christian, which is a great attitude for his character to have.

Apparently Emma is going to be up against Summer Rae in a dance contest. Renee is presenting this, and at least we won’t have to put up with King’s “““jokes”””. Emma says apparently her move is called the ‘Advanced Shopping Trolley’. Oh wow: because she’s quirky and awesome and socially awkward, right? Cole asks how I could not love Emma, and I think I know how and it’s because of bullshit exactly like this. So, Summer Rae actually drops at least one dance move, and then Emma walks around, pumping her arms. Emma wins, and I can’t decide whether the message behind this is that 1) ability doesn’t matter and you’ll win unfairly if people like you, or 2) the WWE thinks it knows what people like and they goddamn know that it’s dance contests. There’s a brawl, if you can call it that, and I die a little inside and stop reviewing this segment. Cole thinks Santino and Emma are ‘cute’ and I think they’re ‘fucking idiotic’.

Can Both Of These Guys’ New Gimmicks Involve Vows Of Silence?

Here’s Ziggler, with Darren Young at ringside. Let’s see if he’s better on the mic than his former partner, although I’ve known people missing the lower portion of their jaw who’d deliver a better promo than Titus. These two men will go against each other at Chamber in the match which will show whether WWE wants a fresh new face or a fresh new heel.

Match begins with Ziggler getting a waistlock, which Titus throws away; Ziggler comes back with a dropkick. Crossbody gets caught by Titus and turned into a backbreaker. Young says payback’s a you-know-what, so that answers the promo question. Titus slaps Ziggler in the corner, then starts wrenching the arm. Jawbreaker rocks Titus, then Ziggler avoids the charge, hits the crossbody and then a splash in the corner, following that up with punches. Neckbreaker by Dolph; the Fameasser’s avoided, then Ziggler eats the big boot.

Oh yay, Darren has got Titus’ whistle and signals a time-out. Titus gets distracted and rolled up by Ziggler.

Well, we were having a good run of matches, then we had this. Colour me not all that interested for this match on Sunday. 1.5 Stars.

Darren runs off, laughing and blowing the whistle. I could support him if he didn’t seem like he’d be really grating to hang out with.

Because Where Else Do You Get To Assert Physical Dominance Over An Old Man?

It’s Jimmy Uso vs. Road Dogg, and finally I won’t have to look for the chest tattoo in a match involving the Usos. Jimmy backs Dogg into the corner, but Road Dogg comes back with punches, rocking Jimmy’s head off the turnbuckle and taking him down with a boot to the skull. Chinlock now, and Jimmy takes some strikes in the corner before the chinlock’s applied again. Jimmy finally gets out of the box with a Samoan Drop, Road Dogg comes back with his punch-flurry, but Jimmy counters with the Bubba Bomb. Samoan Wrecking Ball is teased, but Road Dogg rolls out of the ring and catches Jimmy with a right hand. Back in the ring, a pumphandle slam is attempted, but Jimmy slides out and superkicks Road Dogg for the win.

Decent enough match. Not much else to say. 2 Stars.

The Elimination Chamber’s ‘Those Two Guys’

Sheamus and Christian for your main event. The two men lock up, starting off slow, and Sheamus shows his edge in power, backing Christian into the corner twice. Christian applies a headlock, gets shot off the ropes and knocked down with a shoulder tackle. This time, Christian goes for a waistlock; Sheamus elbows his way out of it and hits another shoulder tackle. Christian looks perturbed and they start again; now Christian slaps Sheamus in the face, and Sheamus comes back looking fired-up, laying in with strikes and attempting a bodyslam before Christian low-bridges him. Christian tries a baseball slide, but Sheamus side-steps it. On the outside, Sheamus catches Christian and hits his rolling fireman’s carry on the outside.

Back from the break, Sheamus has Christian in a headlock, but Christian battles out, hanging Sheamus up on the ropes and tries to slap him, but Sheamus catches the hand and brings him up for the clubbing forearms, but Christian elbows his way out. On the outside, Sheamus drives Christian into the barricade, but gets backdropped over it when he charges again. Christian rips some of the protective padding away, slamming Sheamus’ shoulders and arms into the exposed metal. Back in the ring, Christian goes up top, hitting a missile dropkick and then working the arms again with stomps and then ties the arm up on the ropes. The assault on Sheamus’ limbs continues, with the Irishman selling vocally. Sheamus begins to fight back, only for Christian to try the Killswitch; Sheamus breaks out of it and Christian slaps him. The two men exchange strikes, with Christian heading up to the top, but Sheamus flings him onto the canvas.

As Christian makes his way to his feet, Sheamus clubs way at him with forearms, then smashes him with a knee to the face and hits the bodyslam for a near-fall. Christian manages to create enough separation to hit what I believe is a tornado armbar; that gets two. He hits his slap from the outside, but Sheamus catches him and hits the clubbing forearms, bringing him in for another rolling fireman’s carry, but gets tossed shoulder-first into the steel post. Christian heads up to the second rope again, trying the tornado armbar, but that’s countered into two Irish Curse backbreakers. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick, but Christian ducks out of the ring. As Sheamus chases him, Christian lunges at him, but gets caught with a high knee. Sheamus climbs up to the top; Christian brings him down and climbs up himself; back-elbow from Christian; he calls for the Killswitch, Sheamus counters with White Noise for the win.

A surprisingly good match; these guys really did put on a back-and-forth performance. Another great advert for this Sunday. 3 Stars.

After the match, Christian jumps Sheamus, but then it fades out. Still an asshole, then.

That was a good SmackDown. Shame we had the Titus match and the dance contest to drag it down, but you still couldn’t hide the quality. I’ll give that a seven, and I’ll see you on the other side of Elimination Chamber.

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WWE SmackDown Results and Spoilers for Friday 02.21.2014 – Elimination Chamber PPV Go Home Show Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:53:19 +0000 WWE SmackDown spoilers and results for Friday 2/21/14:

–Daniel Bryan def. Jack Swagger, then thanks to Kane:

–Daniel Bryan def. Cesaro by DQ when Kane interfered. Bryan took a Choke Slam and a Neutralizer.

–The Wyatt Family def. Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust

–Emma def. Summer Rae in a dance-off. Fandango clocked Santino afterwards

–Dolph Ziggler def. Titus O’Neil with Darren Young on commentary

–Jimmy Uso def. Road Dogg

–Sheamus def Christian

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WWE Releases Extensive Listing Of What Will Be On The WWE Network Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:33:26 +0000 WWE Network 500x250



STAMFORD, Conn., February 19, 2014 – WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, has unveiled its programming lineup, which is highlighted by WrestleMania 30 on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

In addition, for the first time ever, the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET on WWE Network. This year’s current inductees include The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Lita. A one-hour special will also air on USA Network on Monday, April 7, immediately following Monday Night Raw.

WWE Network will officially launch on Monday, February 24 at 9 am ET and fans will instantly have access to live programming and the most comprehensive WWE video-on-demand library upon signing up exclusively at

WWE Network will be available through the WWE App on TV via connected devices including Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360. WWE Network will also be available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via


The programming line-up on WWE Network includes:

WrestleMania 30

- WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live on Sunday, April 6 at 7 pm ET from New Orleans. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with millions more watching around the world. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making.

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

- For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on WWE Network on Saturday, April 5 at 9 pm ET from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This year’s current inductees include The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Lita.

Live Monday Night Raw Pre-Show and WWE Raw Backstage Pass

- A live, 30-minute Raw  Pre-Show will air each week and premieres on Monday, February 24 at 7:30 pm ET.

WWE Raw Backstage Pass will air live each week immediately following Monday Night Raw, providing analysis of the night’s action and exclusive backstage interviews. The premiere will air on Monday, February 24 at 11:05 pm ET.

Friday Night SmackDown Pre-Show  and WWE SmackDown Backstage Pass

- A 30-minute pre-show for SmackDown will air each week and premieres on Friday, February 28 at 7:30 pm ET.

WWE SmackDown Backstage Pass will air each week immediately following SmackDown, providing analysis of the night’s action and exclusive backstage interviews. The premiere will air on Friday, February 28 at 10 pm ET.

WrestleMania Rewind

WrestleMania Rewind will provide fans with a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments in WrestleMania history. The series premieres on Tuesday, February 25 at 9 pm ET with a sneak peek on Monday, February 24 at 9 am ET.

WWE Countdown

- A one-hour, groundbreaking, interactive, countdown series that will put the power squarely in viewers’ hands by giving the audience the chance to discuss and rank WWE’s most spectacular Superstars, unexpected moments, best catch phrases and more through digital polling and social media interaction. The series premieres on Tuesday, February 25 at 10 pm ET with a sneak peek on Monday, February 24 at 10 am ET.

WWE Legends’ House

- WWE’s greatest Legends reunite for a new title – only this time, they’re competing outside of the ring. Imagine a beautiful house in the suburbs – perfectly furnished, with gorgeous landscaping, a lovely pool and quiet, respectable neighbors. WWE Superstars from the past including Rowdy Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas and Hacksaw Jim Duggan will turn the neighborhood upside down as the house staff tries their best to keep these Legends on time, on speaking terms, and out of trouble in this new reality show. The series premieres on Thursday, April 10 at 8 pm ET.

This is NXT 

- A one-hour special that will take viewers inside the action-packed world of tomorrow’s WWE’s Superstars as they aspire to become the future of WWE. Featuring behind-the-scenes moments and in-ring action from WWE’s Performance Center, fans will get up close and personal with the next generation of Superstars. The series premieres on Monday, February 24 at 11 am ET.

NXT ArRival

- WWE Network’s first live in-ring event will air on Thursday, February 27 at 8 pm ET. The live special will showcase the brightest and best of WWE’s rising stars from WWE’s Performance Center, as well as appearances by WWE Superstars John Cena, Sheamus, The New Age Outlaws and WWE Legends Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.

Thirty minutes prior to the event, the NXT ArRival Pre-Show will air at 7:30 pm ET and include exclusive interviews and appearances by NXT Superstars, WWE Superstars and Legends.


- Each Thursday at 9 pm ET, WWE Superstars and Divas of tomorrow face off on WWE NXT, a one-hour, weekly show that features the brightest and best of WWE’s rising stars. WWE NXT showcases the Superstars and Divas from WWE’s Performance Center as well as appearances from WWE Superstars and Legends in an intimate setting. WWE NXT broadcasts from the state-of-the-art Full Sail LIVE venue on the Full Sail University campus in Orlando, Florida. The series premieres on Thursday, March 6 at 9 pm ET.

WWE Superstars

- A one-hour, weekly show highlighting the best of WWE Superstars and Divas in heart-pounding matches. The show will also feature highlights from all WWE programming, as well as a special glimpse at everything going on in the WWE Universe. The series premieres on Thursday, February 27 at 10 pm ET.

Beyond the Ring

- An all-access pass to the fast-paced action of WWE’s home video library. With classic matches and groundbreaking biographies of WWE Legends, fans will have all the action from WCW, AWA, ECW and WWE right at their fingertips. The series premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 8 pm ET.

Best of Raw

- Every Wednesday at 9 pm ET, Best of Raw will feature the most memorable episodes from the longest-running weekly episodic show in television history. Each week, see some of the most incredible matches and controversial moments featured over the years on Monday Night Raw. The series premieres at a special date and time on Thursday, February 27 at 4:30 pm ET.

Best of SmackDown

- For more than a decade, Friday Night SmackDown has brought amazing action and memorable moments to the WWE Universe. On Saturdays at 1 pm ET, WWE Network will showcase the most exciting episodes of SmackDown. The series premieres on Saturday, March 1 at 1 pm ET.

Expansive Video-On-Demand Library

- In addition to live and original programming, fans will have access to the most comprehensive WWE video-on-demand library the instant they subscribe. WWE Network will offer all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views as well as encores of Raw and SmackDown totaling more than 1,500 hours of video-on-demand at launch.

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Wrestling From Around The Web – 2.15.14 Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250



2/15/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”


2/15/14 POWW Webcast


Top 25 Moves of Kazuchika Okada


2/15/14 PWR Primetime Wrestling Talk



2/10/14 WWE RAW “Slam of the Week”


2/14/14 WWE Smackdown “Slam of the Week”



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What Match Got Cut from Friday Night SmackDown 02.14.2014? Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:48:50 +0000 WWE cut the second-greatest match of all-time — Alicia Fox vs. Eva Marie — from the TV airing of WWE SmackDown 2/14/14.

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Spain’s WWE SmackDown Report and Results for February 14th 2014: Good God, I’m Actually Doing This On Valentine’s Day Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:13:51 +0000 Hey there, guys. Happy belated Valentine’s Day; hope you all had a great time doing…well, whatever it was you were doing. I’m not seeing my significant other for another week, so I celebrated Valentine’s Day by crafting a damned delicious martini and watching Love Actually. Hopefully you all had a slightly more interesting time. Anyhow, on with the show!

Just Do This. Every Week

Daniel Bryan’s music hits to start us off, and there is some love shown for him in this arena. He’ll be in a tag-team match, because this is SmackDown, and his partners are Christian, because we should probably get our money’s worth out of him, and Sheamus, because if we keep trying hopefully there’ll be a good way to use him. They will be facing the Shield, and I think Creative has probably cottoned onto the fact that the six-man tag match featuring great talents is the standard to which SmackDown should be upheld.

Christian to start off against Rollins, and that brings up the word ‘architect’ from Michael Cole. Bro, does he even design? Rollins takes control, tagging in Reigns. Headbutts to Christian, then Roman catches a crossbody, trying to powerslam Christian; Christian slides out of it and slaps him before tagging in Sheamus. The two big bulls talk trash and then collide, with Sheamus gaining the advantage after a struggle and hitting his rolling fireman’s carry. Knee to the chest gets two for Sheamus, but Reigns hits a knee to the stomach followed by an uppercut and tags in Dean Ambrose. Dean’s scrappy offence holds Sheamus in place, but he runs off the ropes into a brick wall and Sheamus tags in Bryan.

Great ovation for Bryan as he hits the kicks to Ambrose, backing Dean into the corner. Irish whip’s reversed, but Bryan backflips out of the corner and hits his clothesline. Hell of a running dropkick into the corner, followed by a hurricanrana. Yes Lock’s applied, but the Shield and the Not-Shield run in, leading to a stand-off and the crowd’s loving it. Dean teases tying up with Bryan, but then tags in Reigns. The two stare each other down, and then lock up. Bryan hits some kicks into the corner, but Reigns ducks the running dropkick and tags Ambrose in to pick the scraps. Tag to Rollins, and God bless whoever told Seth to stop wearing long sleeves with his outfit. He continues to wear down Bryan, placing him in a sleeper hold, but Bryan breaks out, ducks a splash and tags in Sheamus.

Sheamus is full of energy, knocking Rollins around before lacing him with the forearms and heads up for the diving shoulder, but Ambrose distracts him, Rollins hits the jumping kick and Roman gives the Irishman the coup de grâce with his apron-dropkick. Great sequence to make the Shield seem like a dangerous machine. Dean gets the tag back in the ring, and then Seth, and they continue to work over Sheamus. Tag to Reigns now, who lays a premier beatdown on Sheamus before applying the front-facelock. Cheapshot to Bryan, but Christian distracts Reigns enough for Sheamus to hit the Irish Curse backbreaker and crawl over for the tag. Seth tries to break it up, but Sheamus manages to get the tag. Both Ambrose and Christian in the ring, with Christian firmly in control. Punches in the corner, followed by Christian attempting the slap from outside the ring, but Rollins jumps in and gets slapped instead.

Back in the ring, Christian runs Ambrose’s head into the corner, hits a tornado DDT and goes for the cover. Rollins and Reigns break up the pin, but Bryan hits both men with a double dropkick from the top rope, and then both men with the kicks to the chest. Reigns tries to turn his kick-to-the-head into a powerbomb, but Bryan hurricanranas him out of the ring, ducks a clothesline by Rollins and dives out onto him, only for Rollins to dive out onto Bryan. Christian hits the inverted DDT, ducks a kick from Rollins; Rollins gets Brogue Kicked; Ambrose takes out Sheamus; Christian goes for the Killswitch, rolls out of a back suplex and pushes Ambrose into a Brogue Kick…only for Ambrose to duck and Christian gets clobbered. Spear to Sheamus; Ambrose covers and the Shield win.

What a match. That was a great way to open the show, and everything in that just seemed to flow perfectly. Definitely a recommended match for anyone who didn’t see it. 4 Stars.

I’m Going To Need Another Seven Martinis

Fandango makes his way to the ring, catching a quick peek at Summer Rae’s rack when he takes her down for the dip. Sly, dancing devil. He’ll be facing the Miz, who presumably will find some other way to channel CM Punk without actually being good at wrestling.

Headlock to Miz to start off; he shoots Fandango off the ropes and gets hit with a shoulder block, and then both men run the ropes before Miz dropkicks Fandango in the knee. Corner punches, followed by a kick to the thigh before he runs right into a wicked clothesline from Fandango. Fandango in control here, but Miz hits a backbreaker, only for Fandango to put him back down with a dropkick.

Sleeper hold is fought out of, then Miz rolls out of a back suplex, knocks Fandango down off the ropes and hits his neckbreaker. Miz flaunts his awesomeness, then tries to apply the figure-four, but Fandango kicks him shoulder-first into the post.

Oh God, I know that music. Oh no. No. I’ve been good. Not Santino. Please God, no…ah, hell. Oh, and there’s Emma. Yeah, that’s how you get her over. Summer Rae wins her acting Oscar, Emma’s impersonation of Fandango makes her look like she once pushed a pencil really hard into her ear as a child, and it devolves into the inevitable PG TV catfight. Fandango tosses Miz, gets Cobra’d by Santino, and eats a Skull-Crushing Finale.

Miz is the only one who won in this situation, and even then I’m not sure. The match was sloppy, the interference was annoying and I still have no idea who Emma is or why I should support her childish actions. 1.5 Stars.

Cesaro’s backstage with Not-Renee, as Renee is too busy wondering why Roman Reigns keeps ‘accidentally’ catching her eye and then shuffling off awkwardly (yeah, this is going to be a thing now; you can thank Scott Keith for his take on the Renee/Reigns interaction making me laugh for far too long). Cesaro says he’ll beat Randy Orton tonight, and that means he’ll prove himself to everyone.

Do This Every Week Too

Ooh, been a while since I’ve seen a Fatal Four-Way. This will decide the number one contender for Big E’s IC Championship. First out is Mark Henry, then Rey Mysterio, then Swagger and Kofi. Aw, poor Jack.

Henry flattens Swagger, then Rey, then Kofi. Swagger’s tossed from the ring, then Mysterio and Kofi gang up on Henry, dropkick him to the ground and he rolls out of the ring. Stand-off between Rey ad Kofi; Kofi avoids Rey and hits an elbow. Sunset flip earns Kofi a kick to the side of the head. Swagger trips Rey, catches Kofi, and then gets headscissored out of the ring. Kofi dives out of the ring, taking Swagger out, and then Rey hits the seated-senton from the apron to the outside. Henry’s recovered himself in the ring, and DIVE, MARK, DIVE!! Oh my God, he’s actually going to do it…until Swagger, the fucker, takes him down. Prick.

Swagger Bomb hits once, twice, then Kofi interrupts Jack’s white power pledge. 619 gets shut down with a clothesline and Rey gets taken up to the top rope, but kicks Jack away and hits Rey with a seated-senton, followed by a headscissors, and a wheelbarrow-bulldog. Kofi breaks up the pin, and then dodges a charge from Rey, dropkicks Swagger and puts him down with a leaping clothesline. Boom Drop hits, then Kofi knocks Rey off the apron and boots Swagger.

Jack catches Kofi on the turnbuckle, going for a superplex, but Henry gets Swagger up for a powerbomb and hits it. Rey gets booted by Henry; Henry blasts Kofi down. Swagger slides out of a powerslam, takes Mark out at the knee and slaps on the Patriot Lock. Henry powers out, and gets hit in the gut with a 619, then in the head with Trouble in Paradise. Swagger runs into Rey’s boots, as does Kofi. Swagger German suplexes both Kofi and Rey. Kofi gets tossed out of the ring, and Rey drops Swagger into the ropes. 619’s coming, but Rey runs into Trouble in Paradise. Kofi nearly gets the win, but Henry pulls Rey out of the ring, only for Kofi to kick him in the head.

Kofi tries to skin the cat, but Swagger catches him with the Patriot Lock. Kingston rolls through, tries to get Trouble in Paradise, but Swagger catches the leg and locks the Patriot Lock back in; Kingston taps!

Wow, that was another great match. I don’t know what’s in the water where they are, but these guys entirely delivered. Every one of them made themselves seem like a credible contender, and that does not happen enough in this day and age. Everything here was right. 4 Stars.

Just Promise Me The Usos Won’t Start Dancing

It’s the New Age Outlaws and Goldberfect against the Rhodeses and the Usos. The commentators bring up the Usos wanting some of that sweet tag title gold, which is a good sign. Interesting alliance between Goldberfect and the Outlaws: not sure what the rationale is except that they’re all varying levels of vague dickishness.

Goldust and Billy Gunn start things off, with Goldust knocking Gunn down with a shoulder block and then hitting an inverted atomic block and the Rhodes Uppercut. Armdrag and then Billy escapes, tagging in Road Dogg who gets hip-tossed. Tag in to Cody, who does his ‘beat up an old man’ schtick. Roll-up out of the corner, but Road Dogg kicks out and hits Cody in the stomach and then knocks him down. Cody catches him with a clothesline to put him down, then it’s a tag to Jimmy Uso, then Jey as they drop the double-elbow on Road Dogg. Road Dogg brings Jey into the corner, tagging in Axel. Axel puts Jey down with the dropkick, and then vaults over the top rope to drop the elbow. Jey gets choked in the corner, and then Axel brings him back to tag in Ryback, so the commentators can giggle about his Twitter.

Ryback lays a beatdown on Jey as Cole and Bradshaw both postulate that Ryback’s insane. Chops get exchanged, but Ryback puts Jey down for a sloppy slam. Tag to Billy Gunn now, and he really should wear that headband. Road Dogg’s tagged in as the mugging of Jey Uso continues. Chinlock applied now, then Ryback’s tagged back in. Delayed vertical suplex, followed up by a rest hold, and the completely dead audience means it’s really easy to hear Ryback calling the match; can’t delete the spoken word, big man. Tag to Billy again, who rocks Jey’s head off the turnbuckle. JBL says Billy looks like he did in the Attitude Era. Wow, that receding hairline struck early. Jey dodges a charge, and then tries to make the crawl to his corner and does, making the tag to Jimmy. Jimmy thrust-kicks Ryback off the apron and takes down an oncoming Road Dogg before getting thrown into Axel. Samoan drop to Road Dogg, then a Bubba Bomb to Billy. Both Outlaws get the Samoan Bulldozer, with Axel breaking up the pin on Road Dogg; Cody tosses him out of the ring and then leaps off the top rope onto him. Ryback then flings Cody pretty much at the tech crew and yells ‘STUPID!! STUPID!!’ So, he’s either channelling Calavera from The Magnificent Seven, or someone else who I just can’t think of…

Goldust flips off the apron onto Ryback as Road Dogg gets double-kicked by the Usos. Jimmy heads up as Jey flings himself out onto whoever happens to be in his way, and then the splash from Jimmy seals the deal.

That was a little more lagging than some of the previous matches, but considering the ages of three of the competitors, that’s definitely a given. Still, it was good. The Usos look great right now, and the championships will be on good waists should they go to them. 2.5 Stars.

Renee Young is backstage, and so is Randy Orton, seething at the theft of his catchphrase just now. She asks if Orton thinks he’s been treated unfairly, and he doesn’t get mad or sarcastic because Randy Orton knows all the gossip and doesn’t want to upset Roman Reigns. He says that the Authority want the Viper, and that the Viper is what Cesaro is going to get. Which sounds fair until you realise that is probably what Orton calls his penis.

That Could Be Bray Wyatt Commentating That Match. Would Make No Sense, But It Would Be Better Than Titus

Damien Sandow will be facing off against Darren Young as Titus O’Neill is on commentary. Oh God, who keeps giving this man a microphone? Darren’s fired up to start the match, running the ropes, hitting an atomic drop and clotheslining Sandow and himself out of the ring. Damien takes advantage of Young being distracted by Titus to slam him into the turnbuckle and throw him back into the ring. Young rolls up Sandow for the victory.

Too short to really showcase why we should be excited about Young’s single direction. Still, he look smooth in the ring. 2 Stars.

Titus jumps Young immediately, but gets distracted by the necessity of throwing his jacket and Young takes him down. Titus bails, but loses his trousers in the process. Har-de-har.

Gauntlet: Round 4

It’s main event time as Cesaro makes his way to the ring with Zeb. In Triple H’s no-pants interview with Michael Cole, Hunter goes some way to putting Cesaro over; make of that what you will. Out comes Randy Orton, ready to show his Viper…wait…

Cesaro and Orton lock up, with Cesaro looking for the roll-up. Orton ducks out of the ring and makes his way back in. Roll-up from Orton, who slithers out of the ring again. Back inside, Cesaro takes Randy down with a waistlock, turning him over into the pin, and tosses Orton up and over from the waist. Stomp to Orton; another pin and kick-out. Orton is thrown into the corner and comes out with a clothesline. Uppercut to Cesaro, but he takes exception to that, and shows Orton what a real fucking uppercut looks like, repetitively.

Randy ducks out of the ring, and Cesaro makes the mistake of following him this time, getting thrown into the barricade and clotheslined to the floor. Count gets going as Orton poses on the inside; Cesaro rolls back in at seven and Randy is immediately on the assault. Sleeper hold to Cesaro, but the Swiss Superman back-suplexes his way out of it. Uppercut puts Orton down, and the crowd are behind Cesaro as Orton leaves the ring for a fourth time, this time asking for the doctor to look at his shoulder. When Cesaro goes out to offer his own medical expertise (Dr Cesaro would prescribe more uppercuts), Orton back-suplexes him onto the barricade. Cesaro’s head is bounced off the announce table before they head back into the ring. Sleeper hold applied again, and we have a ‘We, The People’ chant heading through the arena. Cesaro elbows his way out of the sleeper, uppercutting Orton away from him. Orton buts Cesaro back down with a back elbow.

Outside, Orton flings Cesaro into the barricade, but Cesaro comes back and clotheslines Randy right back down. Coming back into the ring, however, Orton tries to go for his vintage DDT, but Cesaro counters and might it be CESARO FUCKING SWING TIME? Ah, no, Orton grabs the ropes and OH, I STAND CORRECTED. Cesaro swings Randy around and around, and the crowd loves it. Orton struggles to his feet, and Cesaro sets him up for the Neutraliser; Randy backdrops Cesaro out of it; Cesaro lands on his feet, and runs right into a powerslam which gets near-fall. Zeb hollers support to his guy, but Orton has him up for his vintage DDT, hitting it. Randy poses for a moment, and then it’s RKO time, but Cesaro counters with an uppercut to the back of Orton’s head. Orton’s staggered, and Cesaro throws him up and hits his Very European Uppercut, but Orton kicks out a hair before the three. Orton pulls himself up in the turnbuckle, counters Cesaro’s charge and hits the dropkick. Randy rocks Cesaro off the post, bringing Cesaro up for the superplex, but Cesaro fights his way out of it, hitting a sunset flip powerbomb, a running uppercut, the Neutraliser and gets the win!

Great match by the two of these guys. JBL said it best: ‘we have seen a young man step into the spotlight’. This was Cesaro’s coming-out party, and he delivered. This was one of those matches which told a story, and both men played their parts extremely well. 3.5 Stars.

What a fantastic SmackDown. Aside from the Miz/Fandango match, everything was fun to watch, and it all just seemed to click together: best one I’ve seen in several weeks; only could have been improved by some Wyatt, but I’m a little biased there. Eight.

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Wrestling From Around The Web – 2.15.14 Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:39:26 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250



2/14/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”


The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 22)


Dad You Don’t Work, You Wrestle (Episode 60)


Dory Funk Jr. Talks Training at the Funking Conservatory



The JBL & Cole Show (Episode 64)


2/14/14 WWE Smackdown “Backstage Fallout”


WWE Top 10-Over The Top



West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 163)


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WWE Smackdown Spoilers and Results for Friday 02.14.2014 – Randy Orton Continues to Run the Gauntlet Before Elimination Chamber Title Match Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:41:57 +0000 WWE Smackdown Spoilers and Results for Friday 2/14/14:

The Shield def. Daniel Bryan, Christian and Sheamus when Sheamus accidentally Brogue Kicks Christian and Dean Ambrose gets the pin.

Vickie Guerrero and Zeb Colter talk backstage.

Jack Swagger def. Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio and Mark Henry to become #1 Contender for Big E Langston’s Intercontinental Title.

Eva Marie def. Alicia Fox in the second greatest match of all time.

Bad News Barrett cuts a promo on Valentine’s Day.

The Usos def. New Age Outlaws, Cody Rhodes and Goldust and Ryback and Curtis Axel.

Renee Young interviews Randy Orton about his upcoming match with (no longer Antonio) Cesaro tonight.

Darren Young def. Damien Sandow with Titus O’Neil on commentary – Young and Titus fight afterwards.

The Miz def. Fandango after Santino and Emma distract Fandango. Emma and Summer Rae brawl afterwards.

SmackDown Main Event: Cesaro def. Randy Orton. Crowd erupted when Cesaro won.

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Wrestling From Around The Web – 2.10.14 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:57:02 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250



WWE Top Ten-Destructive Elimination Chamber Moments


2/7/14 WWE Smackdown “Slam of the Week”


2/3/14 WWE RAW “Slam of the Week”


30-Second Fury: Ghetto Blaster


WWE in 5-Week of 2/3/14



Wrestling on Fire (Episode 65)


2/9/143 Southern States Wrestling TV


AIWF Mid-Atlantic TV (Episode 160)


Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 419)


2/9/14 NWA Southern All-Star Wrestling TV


2/7/14 Canadian Wrestling’s Elite TV



Rockstar Spud’s “Revealing” Shoot Interview


West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Spotlight” (Episode 91)


Top 60 Moves of Taiji Ishimori



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NBC Universal and WWE Nearing End of TV Rights Negotiating Window Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:00:39 +0000 The negotiating window between WWE and NBC Universal for renewal of WWE TV rights is up this Friday 2/14. WWE is looking for at least double or triple the revenues from the current contract, which is $140 million.

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Wrestling Videos From Around The Web – 2.8.14 Sun, 09 Feb 2014 01:11:23 +0000 Wrestling Videos From Around The Web 500x250



2/6/14 AAA



#IMPACT365 – MVP’s Thoughts on Pro Wrestling & his Career


#IMPACT365 – MVP’s Advice on Money Management & Investing


Zema Ion Buys a Human Tongue on “Oddities”



New England Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 45)


East Coast Wrestling Association “Code Red” (Season 1, Episode 1)


Ohio Valley Wrestling TV (Episode 755)



Ring Psychology (Episode 1)


2/8/14 West Virginia Championship Wrestling “Daily Blast”



The JBL & Cole Show (Episode 63)


2/5/14 NXT


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WWE SmackDown Spoilers and Results for Friday 02.07.2014 – Daniel Bryan Responds to Corporate Kane’s Attack on Raw, More of The Shield vs. Wyatts Build to Elimination Chamber PPV Match Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:11:56 +0000 WWE SmackDown spoilers and results for Friday 2/7/14:

Opening segment: Daniel Bryan comes out to the ring and cuts a promo on not wanting to be the face of the WWE. Bryan then calls out his ex-Team Hell No partner Kane, which brings out Citizen Kane. Bryan asked Kane what the hell happened to his friend, and actually tells Kane to grab his mask and bring back the Monster. Corporate Kane said he traded in his old life for a corner office and tells Bryan they were never friends. Kane then books Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro in a match tonight.

–The Shield def. Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were in the match with Seth Rollins at ringside. Ziggler sold everything like a pro but once again lost after a vicious Spear from Reigns that led to a hard, mocking tag to Ambrose, who scored the pin as Reigns smiled. Tension brewed as the Wyatts cut another promo on The Shield from the back.

–Sheamus def. Ryback

–Alberto Del Rio talks smack to Batista

–Daniel Bryan def. Antonio Cesaro in what was reported as a brilliant match filled with great counters. Bryan won with a hurricanrana into the YES! Lock.

After the match, Corporate Kane came out, Cesaro hit Bryan with The Neutralizer and Kane then nailed D-Bry with a The Choke Slam from Stamford! (trademark: CB)

–Randy Orton cuts a promo on Elimination Chamber participant Christian, who he faces tonight.

–AJ Lee def. Brie Bella

–Titus O’Neil backstage interview leads to an attack by ex-tag partner Darren Young (cue “hundreds of thousands of dollars” dance)

–Bray Wyatt def. Goldust with the Wyatts and Cody Rhodes at ringside. When Bray Wyatt did his spider-crawl, Goldust actually looked intrigued, which is perfectly bizarre for his character. Wyatt eon with Sister Abigail and then The Shield cut another promo on the Wyatts in rebuttal from earlier in the night.

–Randy Orton def. Christian in the main event with an RKO.


CB’s Slant: I think it would be a great idea to have Orton win his matches against every other Elimination Chamber participant leading up to the PPV, which would truly accentuate Bryan’s win on Raw. The story can then be everyone in the match targeting not just Orton but Bryan and Orton, because they know that Bryan was the only one who beat Randy one-on-one.

Also, anyone else think that Jack Swagger is going to turn on Cesaro out of jealousy? It would be great to see Cesaro turn face, as his in-ring offense just deserves to be massively appreciated and cheered.

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