Inside Pulse Wrestling » World Wrestling Entertainment http://wrestling.insidepulse.com Wrestling news, rumors, reviews and commentary, from WWE to TNA to ROH and everything in between... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:27:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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 » World Wrestling Entertainment http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://wrestling.insidepulse.com The Reality of Wrestling: Roundtable November http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/11/16/the-reality-of-wrestling-roundtable-november-2/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2011/11/16/the-reality-of-wrestling-roundtable-november-2/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:00:40 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=131446 The end of the year is approaching and as a change of pace, the present will be the theme this month. Don’t get me wrong, it’s more of a subtle theme as we do make our usual predictions/wants for the future, but we do it while looking at the present situations of titles in certain promotions and certain promotions period. Not to mention our thoughts on a bit of charity from The E.

D.D.: Dave Ditch
M.C.: Mike Campbell
P.C.: Me

1. Jun Akiyama just won the triple crown at All Japan’s anniversary show. Where is this title reign heading?

D.D.:
With how dreadfully thin All Japan’s heavyweight roster is, they need to milk every meaningful reign for all it’s worth. Akiyama vs Kea is happening in NOAH so there’s no way Akiyama drops it there. After that, probably at least one successful defense in All Japan before we get to their next show at Sumo Hall (likely in March). I can see them using Omori as the second defense, which would leave Masakatsu Funaki or Sanada as the first real challenge. Perhaps they have Akiyama retain there and finally drop it to the winner of the Champion’s Carnival. Sanada is the one who most needs the rub, but I doubt he’s ready.

M.C.: It’s too soon to really tell. Hopefully it leads to Akiyama defending against All Japan wrestlers on major AJ and NOAH shows (the next big NOAH show will be Akiyama vs. Kea), and ends with Akiyama putting over another AJPW young gun like Kono, Senada, or Soya, to help elevate them. Worst case is that it goes nowhere interesting and Jun quietly drops them to someone who doesn’t really need the rub, like Muta or Funaki.

P.C.: I’d like to think that it’s going somewhere like Ditch is thinking with Akiyama giving the rub to one of All Japan’s younger guys. However, the triple crown has been one of the worst booked titles (as far as title changes are concerned) in the last five and a half years. So having a former star and now outsider win the belts almost seems like a trap to me. I’m hoping that both All Japan and NOAH can get some mileage out of Akiyama with the belts, I’m hoping Akiyama can get some mileage with the belts, and I’m hoping that when Akiyama loses the belts that it’s been properly set up and is at Sumo Hall. I’m aware that I tend to ask for the moon out of some wrestling promotions, but in this case the scenario that I’m hoping takes place isn’t that far out of the question and can be easily done by All Japan. Here’s to hoping this title reign goes well.

2. What are your thoughts on how TNA has been booking their world title from Bound for Glory to the Roode/A.J. Turning Point main-event?

D.D.: I try to avoid thinking about TNA, but this mess has been the kind of in-your-face bad you can’t ignore. Hogan uses twitter to bash Roode outside kayfabe, while praising Storm. Then TNA books Angle to beat Roode and lose to Storm, and it’s quickly leaked that Hogan is the reason. Total amateur hour. THEN, they put the belt on Roode anyway, but do so with a heel turn in a company where big heel turns happen every other week. A dumpster fire of a wrestling promotion.

M.C.: This is a storyline that could have played over the course of months upon months, and TNA did it in two weeks. It’s not rocket science. Storm wins the title and beats Roode in a match between two friends. Roode becomes jealous over time and finally turns on him and wins the title. In the meantime, Styles can be built back up as a title contender, leading to a match between them. Instead TNA wasted the great moment of Storm’s title win and celebration. Styles hasn’t been in the title picture for a long while, but he got thrown back into it with no real build.

P.C.: It’s good to know that despite not even watching it regularly that Ditch seems to have siphoned my TNA frustration from me. Thanks Ditch. With that out there, I’m pretty numb to most stupid things TNA these days. And while the booking of this title has been all over the place over the last month or so, it’s hard for me to outright condemn it because this is a title chase that actually doesn’t involve Jarrett, Sting, Hardy, or Kennedy/Anderson. Not only that, but this three-man “chase” involves good wrestlers and more importantly new wrestlers to the main-event. Yeah, A.J.’s been there and done that as far as main-events go, but he keeps getting dropped right back to the mid-card fairly quickly after he’s been elevated to the main-event. So I’m hoping that guys like Styles and Roode and Storm get more time at the top of the card. Yeah the booking hasn’t been great, but I’m never asking for the moon when it comes to TNA.

3. It’s a little early, but what are some of your guesses for what New Japan is going to do with their January 4 Tokyo Dome show, specifically with Tanahashi and the IWGP title?

D.D.: I have zero clue. No way is he losing it to Yano. I can’t see Tanahashi dropping it in December, so I’ll say he probably stays the champion. Hirooki Goto is going for the IC title in a few days, so win or lose he won’t be involved. They just used Nakamura and Naito. Kojima was in last year’s main event. I doubt that they trust Tenzan to do a Tokyo Dome main event. Makabe is never going to headline the Dome. Minoru Suzuki? Tanahashi vs Suzuki does not strike me as a big ticket-seller. Which pretty much leaves an outsider… at a time when they haven’t been teasing one. Granted, Takayama came out of nowhere for the 2010 show, so maybe they’ll bring in someone like Suwama or Sugiura. They were in the All Together main event, for whatever that’s worth. I’ll say… Sugiura.

M.C.: Anyone’s guess is a good one. Tanahashi has had a death grip on the title, and I don’t really see anyone who could knock him off the pedestal right now? Nakamura? Been there done that, and it didn’t really make a huge difference. Goto? He’s never been terribly impressive, to me, and at this point I don’t think anyone would care if he did finally win the title, since he’s had quite a few cracks at it. Giant Bernard? He’s got the push, but I don’t think they’re really going to headline the Dome. The only name I can think of is Masato Tanaka, which would probably be very good, but I don’t think Tanaka is in the position right now.

P.C.: I’m picking Kensuke Sasaki for Tanahashi’s title defense. Some might be scratching their heads, but it’s all about symbolism and historical significance. New Japan has set it up where Tanahashi’s defense at The Dome will be to set the IWGP defenses record. Proof of it being about symbolism and historical significance: the defense that will tie the record for Tanahashi is going to come against Nagata—the man who holds the defense record—at the beginning of December. And despite holding the belt for just over ten months, Tanahashi hasn’t had a single defense come against a NOAH wrestler. That alone tells me that New Japan could be going for a bigger match (or at least a match with a bigger feel) for their biggest show. And of all the NOAH wrestlers, I do believe Sasaki makes the most sense. Sugiura has already had a shot at Tanahashi when Tanahashi had the IWGP title and I just don’t see that match drawing as a main-event of this particular big show. Shiozaki and Tanahashi had their Dome match last year and Shiozaki is GHC champ, so that’s out. And then there’s the Global League, NOAH’s attempted answer to the G-1 and Champion’s Carnival tournaments. Right now, with just a few days left, KENTA, Morishima, Sasaki, Akiyama, Trevor Murdoch, and Yoshihiro Takayama are within striking distance of taking the tourney. If there is going to be a NOAH wrestler in the January 4 main-event, it will likely be the winner of this tourney. And if you look at the ones remaining, even then Sasaki makes the most sense as Akiyama is triple crown champ, Takayama already lost to Tanahashi in the G-1 this year, Murdoch is…no, and KENTA wouldn’t even be an option for this show (a Sumo Hall show would be a different story). So that leaves Sasaki and Morishima, and I’m not 100% ruling out that Morishima wins this tourney because it could signal the beginning of a renewed push for him by NOAH. But at the end, Sasaki is my pick because he’s one of the few elder statesmen NOAH has that can still really go when he wants to and because of his experience in New Japan as a wrestler, turncoat, returning patriot, and his multiple IWGP title reigns during the 90′s and the 00′s.

4. Would an inter-promotional feud (done in both promotions) of some kind be possible right now involving New Japan and CMLL?

D.D.: It could happen, but on a limited scale since it wouldn’t draw as a headliner in Japan. Add in the amount of money it would cost if you were doing a significant number of wrestlers and I have my doubts.

M.C.: I don’t think so. Not that it couldn’t be a lot of fun, but it wouldn’t really work out too well. They key to a good inter promotional feud is fans being familiar with everyone involved and, New Japan and CMLL don’t exactly run the same places and their TV isn’t in the same markets. I’d mark out like crazy if Ultimo Guerrero and Dragon Rojo, Jr. showed up in Sumo Hall and attacked Tanahashi, or if Yujiro Takahashi, Gedo, and Jado jumped the rail in Arena Mexico and attacked Averno, Mephisto, and Ephesto. But I think there’s too many logic issues for it to happen.

P.C.: It may have been a bit of wishful thinking, but since I called for something like this last fall, combined with CMLL wrestlers being used here and there by New Japan this year, and I couldn’t resist. That and I’ve come to notice, thanks to having Galavision, that CMLL puts on some damn fine wrestling. A strictly juniors feud would be the easiest route to go, but with the popularity of either brand not that high in the other’s country, it would only end up being a feud that satisfied the fans’ want of quality wrestling, but not the promoter’s want of making money with the feud. If the popularity somehow expands in Mexico and Japan for the other or a star from either somehow becomes big in the other’s promotion (Taichi turned into a bit of a draw pretty quick in CMLL last year), then we may have to revisit this question.

5. When (if ever) do you think The E is going to pull the plug on paying for former wrestler’s rehab?

D.D.: No, the publicity would be too bad, and it helps them stem the drip-drip-drip of wrestler deaths that has done so much to tarnish them over the years.

M.C.: Until it starts becoming too expensive for them or until there’s not really a big demand for it. The Matt Hardy situation is a perfect example of why it’s a good thing that the WWE offers this, especially with how public Matt was, and obvious it was he needed help. I don’t think it’ll be going away anytime soon though.

P.C.: I agree more with Mike than Ditch in this case because horrible publicity has never really done anything to really effect the way The E does business. And I believe this will be no exception. I think Scott Hall’s tab may have at least made them think about this policy (their spending at least), but for right now they’re not going to stop. Now if the business can go six or seven months without a legend or someone under thirty not dying, then you may see the well dry up for former E wrestlers in need of help. Until then the payments will be paid.

SEVEN MATCHES UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

Triple Crown: Suwama (c.) Vs. Seiya Senada, AJPW, 7/31/2011
Part 2
Part 3

A Suwama title defense from this past summer. Senada impressed everyone in the Champions Carnival tourney with his performance and with no other specific contenders out there, he was given the shot. Does the young lion make the most of his first world title match? Watch and see.

CMLL Universal Final: La Sombra Vs. Averno, CMLL, 9/16/2011

I’ve already seen this match and can attest to its greatness. Great crowd (typical in Mexico) does add to it, as does Averno being a great heel. But the action is consistent and good and the match was very compelling, but to go along with that I should mention that these two also have had one of the better feuds in wrestling this year and this seemed to be the culmination of it. And then at the next taping we found out that this match was a really good match in the continuing Sombra/Averno feud. I really, really hope Averno doesn’t end up in The E, but I’ll understand if he does.

A.J. Styles Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, NJPW, 2/17/2008
Part 2
Part 3

These two met at a TNA PPV two years before, so now it’s time to pay back the favor. New Japan and TNA were sort of in a work agreement at the time that would send TNA people to major New Japan shows and vice versa (sort of). Anyway, the match was good between the two in ’06 and I believe the match is good here between the two.

Keiji Mutoh, Masahiro Chono, & Masakatsu Funaki Vs. KENSO, Rene Dupree, & Joe Doering, AJPW, 11/6/2010

I know I talk about old versus young matches a lot, but this is ridiculous. With one team being the above 40 club and the other being the Voodoo Murderers, it’s not hard to figure out which team is which and what role each team will be playing in the match. Also note that this is a match from All Japan’s yearly trip to Taiwan so the crowd and camera work are a bit different.

Triple Crown: Suwama (c.) Vs. Masakatsu Funaki, AJPW, 10/24/2010
Part 2

In my research this seems to be either the best match of Suwama’s title reign, or just another one of his title matches that went far too long. More people think it goes too long, but you be the judge. C’mon, take a chance.

Yuji Nagata & Jun Akiyama Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Toru Yano, NJPW/Yuji Nagata, 8/30/2011

Main-event of Nagata’s show. It’s nice to see the Nagata/Akiyama team together once again, even if it is for nostalgia purposes. Plenty of fun in this match, especially if you’re a Nagata fan. If you’re not, don’t bother.

GHC Title: Jun Akiyama (c.) Vs. Vader, NOAH, 12/9/2001
Part 2

A title defense from Akiyama’s first reign. This was one of the matches that NOAH didn’t botch during this reign and it’s Akiyama’s only title defense in NOAH during this reign against someone with a legit shot of winning the belt. The match isn’t the best of either man’s career, but it’s still good.

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A2Z Analysiz: WWE Night of Champions 2008 (John Cena, Triple H) http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-john-cena-triple-h/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/09/18/a2z-analysiz-wwe-night-of-champions-2008-john-cena-triple-h/#comments Sat, 18 Sep 2010 12:00:43 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=110660

American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas – June 29, 2008

Introduction

This is the first actual Night of Champions pay-per-view, since even though in 2007 it was in the same format, it was just the subtitle to Vengeance. They have a pretty sweet video package at the beginning that shows all of tonight’s champions, and then focuses on Edge versus Batista and Triple H versus John Cena, the World and WWE Title matches, respectively. Jim Ross and Mick Foley welcome us to the show.

MATCH #1: WWE Tag Team Championship Match – John Morrison & The Miz vs. Finlay & Hornswoggle

Ross and Foley are on commentary because this is a Smackdown title, even though four ECW wrestlers are fighting for it. Morrison & Miz have been champions since 11.16.07 and this is their ninth defense. Finlay and Morrison start the match. Finlay takes the first advantage with his unorthodox offense. Morrison comes back and dumps Finlay to the floor. He tries to slingshot onto him, but Finlay pulls the ring apron out and Morrison crotches himself on it. That was certainly different. The champions take Finlay down and then bully Hornswoggle around. Finlay comes back to his son’s rescue and uses him as a battering ram to take both champions down. Miz distracts Finlay and allows Morrison to land a big kick to the face and champions take over. Finlay finally recovers and Hornswoggle tags himself in and actually hits a few big moves on Miz before Morrison takes a cheap shot. These guys are awesome.

They keep beating on Hornswoggle as the crowd gets behind him. Hornswoggle finally makes the hot tag and Finlay is working over both champions. He even hits a missile dropkick for a near fall! Finlay hits Morrison with the Celtic Cross and tags Hornswoggle in for the Tadpole Splash. Miz comes in and knocks Finlay off the apron, allowing Morrison to slam Hornswoggle off the top rope and get the pin at 8:46. That was actually a really fun match, with Morrison and Miz really acting like jerks but also coming off as clever because they really work well together and they wrestle smart. They wrestle like a team, something WWE has very few of.
Rating: ***

WrestleMania 22 Flashback: Triple H vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship

Ross throws it over to the Raw announce team of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. This match took place in Chicago and was the main event of the show. However this time Triple H is the champion and Cena the challenger. Also to add intrigue, Cena is on Raw and Triple H was drafted to Smackdown.

MATCH #2: United States Championship Match – Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero

Hardy has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his second defense. They start off with the easy chain wrestling, Hardy grabbing a headlock. He knocks Chavo down and he pops right up and now Chavo goes to the headlock. Hardy comes back and delivers a clothesline in the corner, a body slam, and a fist drop for about a one count. Back up Hardy hits a back body drop, another clothesline in the corner and tries a bulldog but Chavo avoids it and hits a chop block and starts working on the knee. Bam Neely makes sure to interfere a little bit from the outside. Hardy comes back with a bulldog and Chavo kicks out right at one. Chavo goes right back to the leg. He goes up for presumably a Frog Splash but Hardy rolls out of the way and Chavo somersaults to his feet but Hardy counters him with a clothesline.

They slug it out and Hardy wins that, all while selling the leg. He drops an elbow for two. He hits the Side Effect for two. Hardy goes to the second rope but hits an elbow instead of a legdrop, which is a nice touch. Chavo throws Matt into the corner but eats a forearm coming in. Hardy goes to the second rope again, but Chavo sweeps his legs and locks on a half Boston Crab. Hardy reaches the ropes. Hardy hits a DDT for two. Hardy motions for the Twist of Fate but Chavo counters it and once again puts on the half Boston Crab. He reaches the ropes again, and then hits an enziguiri. Chavo gets up first and hits the Three Amigos, but Hardy hits the Twist of Fate out of nowhere to get the pin at 9:21.That was a perfectly acceptable and competent match, but this is about as good as Chavo Guerrero gets.
Rating: **¾

Recap of Mr. McMahon’s Accident

We go back to last Monday on Raw, where after the draft Vince McMahon was the victim of an unfortunate injury.

MATCH #3: Triple Threat Match for the ECW Championship – Kane vs. Big Show vs. Mark Henry

Kane has been the champion since 3.30.08 and this is his second defense. This one starts off as a big brawl with the champion controlling the first minute or so. Kane throws Henry to the floor and then Show goes on offense on Kane for bit. Kane fights back with a DDT for about a one count. Show throws Kane over the ropes and now Show and Henry fight it out in the ring. Show bodyslams Henry. Doctors are checking Kane out at ringside while the two challengers slug it out in the ring. They clothesline each other and Kane makes his way to the top rope and nails Henry with a clothesline and slugs Show into the corner. He runs corner to corner with clotheslines on both men. Henry catches him in a bear hug but Kane escapes it and whips him into a big boot from Show.

Kane and Show agree to double chokeslam Henry to take him out, but obviously they won’t let each other go for the cover. They argue now and start throwing bombs at each other. Kane tries the flying clothesline but Show catches him and Chokeslams him but Kane kicks out and then sits up. He grabs Show by the throat but Show blocks it and hits some kind of suplex. Not sure what they were going for there, maybe an Olympic Slam, and it gets two. Show goes up to the top rope but Kane stops him and delivers a huge superplex. That leaves Kane open to a big splash from Henry and he gets the pin and wins the ECW Title at 8:17. That was actually much better than I thought it would be, as they kept it short and easy, and the finish was very cool.
Rating: **½

Eve Torres Interviews Batista

Batista will be challenging the World Heavyweight Champion Edge tonight. If he wins the title the belt will come with him to Raw. Batista promises to bring the World Title back to Raw and be “the man.” That brings John Cena out, and says that Batista may not be the only champion between the two of them after tonight. Then CM Punk interrupts and reminds them both that he has the Money in the Bank title shot. Punk rules.

MATCH #4: World Tag Team Championship Match – Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly vs. Ted DiBiase & ?

Rhodes & Holly have been the champions since 12.10.07, and this is their fourth defense. DiBiase’s music is really some kind of terrible. He comes out to the ring alone. He says his partner just texted him and he needs 10 minutes to get there. The referee says he has to wrestle it now or forfeit. He says they can start the match and his partner will be there.

Rhodes starts the match, but DiBiase says he wants Holly. The veteran obliges, but just as he turns his back, Rhodes spins him around and hits a DDT! DiBiase then introduces Rhodes as his tag team partner! Rhodes tags DiBiase in and he hits the Million Dollar Legsweep to get the pin and win the titles in his debut match at 1:27. It obviously wasn’t much of a match but I do think it was a good angle to get Rhodes and DiBiase together and I really hope they give these guys some room to breathe because they could really get over.
Rating: ¼*

Todd Grisham Interviews JBL in A Luxury Skybox

JBL is extremely upset that he was not put on a card called “Night of Champions” in his home state of Texas. Grisham says it’s because he’s not a champion, but neither are any of the other 11 challengers in the eight title matches, so shut up Todd. JBL cuts a pretty good promo about how great he is and how stupid Dallas is. He puts over his new hometown of New York City, which is especially convenient since the New York Giants just won the Super Bowl earlier this year. He promises to win a title soon.

MATCH #5: WWE Intercontinental Championship Match – Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston

Jericho has been the champion since 3.10.08, and this is his fourth defense. Jericho’s opponent was not announced ahead of time, so he had no time to prepare. Jericho was in the midst of his eighth Intercontinental Title reign, and he had just recently turned heel on Shawn Michaels. Lance Cade has accompanied Jericho to ringside. Jericho cuts an anti-HBK promo, since he isn’t in attendance tonight. They start with some chain wrestling, and Jericho tries to intimidate the young Kingston. The challenger comes back with some of his unusual and high-flying offense so Jericho takes a powder. Kingston doesn’t give him a break though, hitting a slingshot dive and throwing Jericho back in the ring. He hits a cross body block off the top rope for two. Kingston tries his punches in the corner but Jericho dumps him to the floor. Jericho follows him outside and rams him into the apron twice. Back in the ring Jericho works on Kingston’s back and acts like a jerk. He puts on the abdominal stretch. Kingston gets out but Jericho is able to thwart all of his offensive attacks.

Jericho tries a super back suplex but Kingston reverses the momentum and falls on top for a cover and gets a near fall. Kingston tries his legdrop but Jericho blocks it and tries the Walls of Jericho and Kingston gets a small package for two. Now he hits the double legdrop but only gets two. A rana gets two. Jericho comes back with a clothesline and some kicks. He hits the Lionsault and then puts on the Walls of Jericho. The crowd is going crazy, because Shawn Michaels is in the building! He hits Cade with Sweet Chin Music and gets up on the apron. Jericho knocks him down, but that gives Kingston the chance to hit the Trouble in Paradise and win the title at 11:00. They had some really good stuff in here, but it’s obvious that no matter who Jericho lost the belt to it would be forgotten because of Jericho’s feud with Michaels, which took center stage. Trainers try to take Michaels backstage, but Jericho makes sure to take a shot at his eye before he can make it.
Rating: **¼

Edge Doesn’t Need Anyone’s Help to Beat Batista

Edge and Vickie Guerrero are picking out wedding flowers when Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder come in and are a little worried about Triple H’s presence on Smackdown. Edge runs down his impressive list of accomplishments to put the bums in their place. Edge is so good right now.

MATCH #6: WWE Women’s Championship Match – Mickie James vs. Katie Lea Burchill

Mickie has been the champion since 4.14.08 and this is her third defense. Katie Lea goes for several quick covers and Mickie is able to kick out. Mickie then uses a go-behind and gets an O’Connor roll for two. Mickie hits a couple of maneuvers and heads to the top rope, so Katie Lea takes a powder. Katie Lea’s brother Paul interferes, but Mickie is soon back in control. Katie Lea then comes back and starts working on the arm.

Mickie comes back with some right hands. Mickie comes charging into the corner but Katie Lea goes back to the arm. Mickie makes another comeback but her arm is in pretty bad shape. She goes for the tornado DDT but Katie Lea reverses it to a cross-arm-breaker. Moments later Mickie comes back with the tornado DDT to get the pin and retain the title at 7:11. That was pretty okay for a women’s match, even if all the arm work never really paid off.
Rating: **½

MATCH #7: World Heavyweight Championship Match – Edge vs. Batista

The results of the fan poll says that 30% think Cena will win the title tonight, 32% think Batista, 31% think both, and 7% think neither. Edge has been the champion since 6.1.08, and this is his first defense.

Batista overpowers Edge in the early going, so Edge cowers in the corner. He tries to hide outside but Batista follows him and stays on offense. Everything Edge tries gets countered and Batista sends Edge to the floor again and rolls him back in the ring. Edge takes that opportunity to throw Batista shoulder first into the ring post. Now Edge takes over on offense and works the challenger over, even using the announce table to his advantage. Every time Batista tries an offensive maneuver Edge is able to avoid it, reverse it, or counter it. Batista finally unleashes some offense and lands a big Boss Man Slam for two. Batista hits a Spear and Edge barely kicks out. Batista hits a powerslam and goes for the Batista Bomb but Edge counters to the Impaler DDT for a close two count.

Edge misses a Spear and Batista goes to the top only to be hit on the way down by an Edge dropkick. Both men are down and Hawkins, Ryder, and Vickie Guerrero make their way near the ring. Edge misses another Spear and gets hit with a Spinebuster which JR calls the “Batista Bomb.” Vickie grabs the referee at two to break up the pin. Edge charges and Batista avoids him, hurling him into the ring post and onto the floor. Edge pulls the referee outside the ring and knocks him out, so Vickie orders another referee, and it’s Chavo Guerrero. Batista grabs Vickie and press slams her onto La Familia. That gives Edge the chance to blast Batista in the face with the belt and Chavo makes the three count to get the win at 16:48. That was a pretty good match up until all the craziness with Vickie started. Batista is going to Raw beltless.
Rating: **¾

Todd Grisham Interviews Triple H

It’s not much of an interview, as the WWE Champion walks past Grisham and says he’s going to do what he should have done two years ago. That segues into the video package, which as usual is great, highlighting some of the memorable WWE Championship moments over the years.

MATCH #8: WWE Championship Match – Triple H vs. John Cena

Triple H has been the champion since 4.27.08, and this is his fourth defense. The champion scores the first knockdown and looks calm and cool, while Cena appears to have some butterflies. HHH hits a hip toss and does a crotch chop. Cena gets up and goes for the headlock, but it doesn’t take long for HHH to break that. Cena counters the Game’s attacks and knocks him down, then gives him a big salute as a receipt for the crotch chop. Cena continues to roll, hitting the fisherman’s suplex for two. Cena hits a shoulderblock but HHH avoids the second one and Cena rolls to the floor. HHH goes to work on Cena’s back, presumably so he can’t execute the FU. They take turns countering each other’s moves and Cena comes out on top. He hits the Proto-Plex and looks for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. HHH kicks him down but Cena is right back on the attack. He hits the leg drop off the top rope to the back of the neck and lands another Proto-Plex and once again goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle, and HHH blocks it again and hits a spinebuster.

HHH tries the Pedigree but Cena blocks it and throws HHH all the way to the floor and he looked to have landed awkwardly. Cena goes out to the floor and attacks the champion’s leg. HHH does a good job avoiding the STFU. Cena finally gets it on but HHH quickly reaches the ropes. Cena goes for the FU but HHH blocks it and hits the Pedigree. Cena kicks out! Both men are down, and when they get up Cena hits an FU and both men are down again. They get up and trade big right hands. HHH gets the better of it, but soon Cena gets a third Proto-Plex, and finally lands the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He then goes for the FU but HHH grabs the top rope and slides out and tries the Pedigree. Cena gets out of that and puts on the STFU. Cena pulls HHH away from the ropes, but that gives HHH the chance to put on a weird looking version of the Crippler Crossface. Cena lifts HHH into an FU position from there, but HHH elbows his way out and hits the Pedigree to get the pin at 19:37. That was an awesome match with great crowd heat, great hope spots, great false finishes, and a great real finish. I’m excited for the eventual rubber match.
Rating: ****¼

DVD Extras

Todd Grisham Interviews WWE Champion

Grisham is backstage to get a word with the triumphant WWE Champion. He is very happy to have proven that he was the better man tonight, but that they both proved they were the two best in the business. It had been eating him alive for two years.

Raw 6.30.08 – J.R.’s Farewell Address

This was the night after the pay-per-view and a week after Ross was drafted to Smackdown and threw a fit about it on his blog. He cuts a brief promo about how he loved Raw, but is excited about his new journey. That’s all we get to see, as the stuff with Edge and CM Punk that followed this is not on the DVD. That’s a bummer man.

The Pulse: Well the main event really delivered and there was some fun stuff scattered throughout the undercard, so this would get a mild recommendation. The problem with many of the matches is that they just don’t feel any different from what we might get on TV. That’s why I wait for WWE pay-per-views to come out on DVD instead of shelling out the cash to see it live.
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The Write Off: WWF Superstars – June 4, 1995 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/19/the-write-off-wwf-superstars-june-4-1995/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2010/01/19/the-write-off-wwf-superstars-june-4-1995/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2010 13:02:48 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=96838

I have recently picked up a lot of old episodes of Monday Night Raw, Superstars, and the Action Zone and figured that I should go ahead and review them for Inside Pulse. 1995 was the first year that I watched wrestling on a regular basis so there is a lot of nostalgia in these old episodes for me, although it can easily be argued that 1995 was one of the worst creative years in WWF history.

Since this is the beginning of June 1995, we are a few weeks away from the worst King of the Ring tournament in history. The previous week’s episode saw “The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama qualify over Duke “the Dumpster” Droese and a newly returned Shawn Michaels, who had qualified for the King of the Ring on the previous Raw, defeated Dr. Tom Pritchard of the Heavenly Bodies.

I’ll rate the matches between “superstars” but not the squash matches since well, they are just squash matches.

Your hosts for this edition are Vince McMahon and “Handsome” Doc Hendrix

-Opening Contest: The Allied Powers vs. Mike Bell & Some Guy in Blue:

You know it’s bad if you’re a jobber team and they don’t even put your names on the television screen for the audience. I recognize one guy as Mike Bell but having no name for Bell’s partner in blue I’ll just name him Charles for this match. Luger was about three months away from leaving the WWF and getting a fresh start in WCW thereby becoming the first major defection of the Monday Night Wars. Luger and Bell start and Luger uses his raw power to get the advantage with a shoulder block off the ropes and a hiptoss. Bulldog comes in and works in his vertical suplex to a nice pop. Bell tags Charles after a headbutt and the Allied Powers nail him with a double elbow off the ropes. Luger works his arm until Charles escapes and tags in Bell who takes Luger to the buckle and chokes Luger on the top rope. However, all good things must come to an end and Luger hits a powerslam off the ropes and applies the Torture Rack for the win.

-We go to Jerry “the King” Lawler who is surrounded by members of his royal court. His feet are unclean and exposed for the world to see. He has decided to accept Bret’s challenge for a match at the King of the Ring and the stipulation is that the loser will have to kiss his opponent’s feet. That’s why he’s not cleaning his feet.

-Bret “Hitman” Hart responds about how he was embarrassed in losing to Lawler at the first In Your House pay-per-view. He pledges to wipe Lawler out once and for all.

-Skip vs. Scott Taylor:

No, it’s not that Scott Taylor. This is the Superstars debut of Skip and Sunny after several weeks of vignettes. Lockup starts the contest and Taylor gets in some weak shots before Skip hits him with an elbow off the ropes and DDT’s him. Taylor goes to the outside and Skip goes to hit a pescado but hits a lot of air because Taylor moved out of the way. Back in, Skip with a snap suplex and a legdrop off the second rope. Skip hits a fistdrop off the second rope after having the sweat wiped from his brow by Sunny and then hits a clothesline against the buckles. Skip puts Taylor on the top rope and hurricanrana from the top rope gets the win. Nice, well paced squash match.

-Stephanie Wiand breaks down some local house shows in the New York area for the WWF Tour de Force tour. Todd Pettengill marks out for Sid being added to the Nassau Coliseum card to face Bam Bam Bigelow and Shawn Michaels will be replacing Diesel in a 20 man battle royal at the Nassau Coliseum, a cage match in Madison Square Garden, and a tag match at the Meadowlands.

-King of the Ring Qualifying Match: The Roadie (w/Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett) vs. Doink (w/Dink):

As a young fan I never quite figured out why the Roadie was placed into this match instead of Jarrett, but its decisions like that one that made the 1995 King of the Ring tournament ridiculous. This match shows one of the benefits of having shows littered with squash matches in that even the lowest star studded matches like this one seemed like big deals and grabbed your attention. This was also only the second big time match for the Roadie since he had only wrestled prior with Jarrett against Razor Ramon at the first In Your House pay-per-view. Doink spends the opening minutes of the match outwrestling the Roadie to demonstrate that the Roadie is inexperienced, a point that is emphasized further by Roadie constantly conferring with Jarrett at ringside. Doink feels he’s proven his point of using mat wrestling and slams the Roadie a few times and rakes his face with his boots. Doink hits a rolling snapmare and the Roadie bails.

Back in, Roadie locks in a headlock but Doink just hiptosses him before locking a headlock of his own while I wish Gorilla Monsoon or Jesse Ventura was on commentary because they would have informed me that if Doink lost this match his career would be finished because he’d lost so many matches prior to this. Doink gets two from a fluke sunset flip and the Roadie retaliates with some weak shots. Doink hits a side suplex and a kneelift. Doink hits another slam and delivers an elbowdrop off the ropes. Doink heads to the top rope for the Whoopie Cushion, but he’s distracted by Jarrett chasing after Dink and that enables the Roadie to hit him from behind with a knee and schoolboy him for the pin at 5:08. Not surprisingly, Dink didn’t appear much on WWF television after this with Doink. *½

-Waylon Mercy vignette. I loved this character as a kid because he was so unconventional. He also had quite a few easily

-Bob “Spark Plugg” Holly vs. Raymond Something:

Is there a reason why the jobbers names are not on the television during this show? Raymond attacks Holly from behind and beats him down, which isn’t a bad strategy for a jobber. Raymond lays into Holly in the corner but Holly hits an elbow off the second turnbuckle when he’s whipped into the corner and hits a hiptoss. Holly hits a slam and a kneedrop before applying a chinlock. Raymond gets in a few more shots and we get a double KO spot (in a squash match?). Holly rebounds, hits a good looking clothesline, and a dropkick. Holly then goes to the top rope and finishes with a flying bodypress off the top rope at 2:10.

-Antonio Rocca, Ivan Putski, the Fabulous Moolah, and Ernie Ladd are announced for the 1995 WWF Hall of Fame.

-Doc Hendrix welcomes Bertha Faye and her love interest/manager Harvey Wippleman to the ring for a promo. Faye had broken Alundra Blayze’s nose on Raw a few weeks prior to this so Wippleman uses this time to say that she will soon be the WWF Women’s Champion. Faye says a few things and I immediately want Harvey back on the mic. Interestingly enough, this would be the only champion Wippleman would manage during his WWF career. In today’s WWE, a match between Faye and Blayze would happen in a week or two. In 1995, it took THREE MONTHS for these two to face off in a title match at SummerSlam and it came off as more of an afterthought.

-Highlights of Sid powerbombing Diesel at In Your House are shown and then of him chokeslamming Diesel. This is because Diesel had suffered an elbow injury at a house show and the WWF spinned it as being Sid’s fault. Dr. James Andrews makes a cameo and hypes his American Sports Medicine Institute.

-Rad Radford vs. Bert Centino:

Michael Vitelli is our guest ring announcer. This is when the WWF would have fans guest ring announce a matches. It was a nice touch and they should bring it back for one of their shows. Radford is Louie Spicolli for those unfamiliar with this time period. Radford has a more detailed ring attire than the last time he wrestled on Superstars. It makes him look less generic. Radford hits a suplex and a quick legdrop before mounting Centino and laying in some shots. Centino fires back but just gets backdropped out of the ring for his troubles. Radford hits a baseball slide, a maneuver I hardly see anymore. Back in, Radford hits a spinebuster off the ropes and a Northern Lights suplex finishes at 1:52.

-Mr. Bob Backlund delivers a campaign address on crime. Absolutely hilarious as he swears that offenders will be put in purgatory and how offenders will have microchips put in them to warn everyone else that they are a criminal (I’m sure the ACLU would have something to say about that). I’m surprised they never had Backlund step back into the ring again as a competitor because a wrestling politician gimmick is one that has never been tried. I think it would gather lots of heat if done by the right person.

-The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer) vs. Tony DeVito:

This is the methodical, purple glove Undertaker era so he won’t be trying to choke people out with UFC style holds in this one. The Undertaker hits DeVito with a thrust to the neck, tosses him into the corner, nails him with a headbutt, and then chokes him against the ropes. DeVito tries to put up a fight but before he can do anything the Undertaker hits a chokeslam and a Tombstone finishes at 2:06. Well that was decisive. The Undertaker and Paul Bearer put DeVito in a body bag as McMahon hypes a house show match against Sid at the Meadowlands next week.

-House show report again with Stephanie Wiand. This Friday is a big show at the Nassau Coliseum and next week they do Madison Square Garden and the Meadowlands. Jim Ross is in the WWF Mania set and sells Shawn Michaels as a great warrior because he is taking Diesel’s place and that he might just die when he faces Sid in a steel cage at Madison Square Garden next week. What I do like about this is he runs through the storylines and sets everything up like some kind of epic sports struggle rather than the entertainment garbage we are sold today.

-Next week: highlights of the last King of the Ring qualifying match between the British Bulldog and Owen Hart and Jerry Lawler is in action!

FINAL REPORT: Typical Superstars show but the Doink-Roadie King of the Ring qualifier was probably the worst one of the bunch in 1995. Can’t say I’m too excited for next week’s show given the lack of build but sometimes these things surprise me.
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TCWNN #13: Chutes and Ladders http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/11/13/tcwnn-13-chutes-and-ladders/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/11/13/tcwnn-13-chutes-and-ladders/#comments Fri, 13 Nov 2009 19:00:05 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=94047 Remember when CM Punk was World Heavyweight champion?  It feels like a long time ago, doesn’t it? And yet it wasn’t even two months ago. In this post-Attitude era, where light change title speeds still linger, that doesn’t seem like such a big deal. And yet, Punk is not just no longer World champ. He’s back down at the bottom of the card, and out of any major angles. His first post title feud? A beef with referee Scott Armstrong… say, aren’t we not supposed to know the refs names anymore? Haven’t we been being trained to see the refs as black and white shirted specters? So why should we care that Punk has an issue with one of them?

Now, Scott Armstrong is from a talented wrestling family. His father is wrestling legend Bullet Bob Armstrong.  His brothers include Brian, better known as former Degeneration X’er and New Age Outlaw the Road Dogg Jesse James, and Brad, aka Badstreet and Buzzkill and Arachnaman. And he’s a former wrestler himself, whose resume includes a brief stint in WCW as a tag team with brother Steve. Given his background, there’s really no problem with putting Punk in a feud with him, so long as it’s going somewhere. But it’s gone nowhere. Armstrong’s wrestling past was never brought up, and he was systematically destroyed by Punk. It was just a time killer to wrap up the loose ends of the “over before it started” Punk/Taker feud.

And from there, it seems Punk falls even further. Survivor Series is on the horizon, and we are once again being treated to a handful of traditional Survivor Series match ups (where teams of five strive to survive). In one, we have Team Miz versus Team Morrison, in a battle of the under card talent. No problems there. In the other, we have a welcome continuation of the Randy Orton/Kofi Kingston feud, as Orton and his flunkies in Legacy go against Kofi and his back up team of Worlds Strongest Man Mark Henry and MVP. But as we all know, it’s teams of FIVE striving to survive, and both these teams are a couple hands short.

ECW champion Christian will be siding with the Kingston Trio, while his current rival William Regal will be on the Legacy side of the ring. This is understandable, given the feud between the two for Christian’s title belt. And Punk will also be on Orton’s side, as is befitting a top heel from the other night’s show, appropriately matched up against… R-Truth.

Wait, what?

In a move straight out of a random match generator, Punk, as the low man on the Legacy team totem pole, is being matched against a guy who, entrance aside, exists almost solely as an enhancement talent. His most recent PPV appearances were in a misplaced match designed to get over Drew McIntyre (a match that was built up almost entirely by McIntyre punking out Truth. No pun intended), and as part of a last minute replacement Smackdown team in the Bragging Rights match, where he did nothing of note.

Now I’ve never been a fan of R-Truth. Not as K-kwik, and certainly not as Pretty Ricky (seriously, what were the point of THOSE vignettes? Anyone?). I didn’t see his initial TNA run as Ron “The Truth” Killings, but at least it sounded interesting at the beginning. By the time I DID see it, he was tag team partners with Pacman Jones. No, thank you. As far as I’m concerned, he’s right where he needs to be: an enhancement talent whose entrance makes the crowd care about him on the spot just enough to make them care when the other guy beats him. And if the WWE was to push him seriously, I would hope that they make note of the DMX quality of his voice and make him a little more serious- ditch the floppy Coolio braids and air brushed  jeans, and take a cue from Punk’s feud with Hardy (and also from what I understand, the original Truth character) and have him go after the more stereotypical WWE characters like Cryme Time over the image they‘re presenting to the world (of course this would require the type of kid gloves we can no longer count on the WWE to provide). Instead, Truth is just being dumped out there as Punk’s counterpart in the SS match with naught but a fluke win as part of the Scott Armstrong issue, and an opening match on tonight’s Smackdown, to put any friction between the two.

While there is certainly the possibility that this is an attempt at building Truth, the presentation does more to bring Punk down. They are the least important guys in a match whose focus is the Kingston Trio vs. Legacy.  That’s a huge step down for a guy who was main eventing shows and PPV‘s as a World Champion in a incredibly heated feud with Jeff Hardy; and more than that, it’s a noticeable one, even to the average fan.  Supposedly this is all due to some backstage folderol regarding Punk’s attitude and attire. To which I have to say: who cares?

I certainly doubt the fans do. More than any one else on the Smackdown roster during the last half year, Punk was the one who fans most wanted to pay to see get his ass kicked. If there was any one who truly was accepted by the fans in the main event spot as a World Champion, it was Punk. I hardly think whether or not he wears a suit and tie off screen matters a lick to them, especially given his character and genuine punk roots.  And given that most fans won’t know about any sort of backstage rumors, it makes it look like Punk couldn’t cut it, and isn’t actually the top superstar he claimed to be. I’ve seen people try to justify the Punk and Truth scenario to Orton and Kofi by saying both feuds are based around an upper card guy bringing a lower card guy up to his level. But Randy Orton has been a bonafide main eventer with the WWE since 2006. In that time, he’s almost never been outside of the main event or a championship program. Punk got 2-3 months, tops, to bring his name up to that level. He brought his A-game, the fans responded, and in return, he’s the 5th man on a Survivor Series team focused on someone else’s feud, arguably expected to then give the rub to an under card talent trying to move up the ladder.  Any feud that is being created here helps no one. Either the ex-champ who needs to stay looking strong looks weak, or Truth looks like he beat a fluke champion.  Either way, both guys stay standing right where they are, in a never ending game of chutes and ladders.

In the long wrong, this probably won’t hurt Punk- the crowd has stuck with him over these ups and downs before, and sooner or later he’s going to get another run at the top. But an attempt to capitalize on that already dwindling heat in order to get the guy who’s claim to fame isn’t his ring work or look but rapping his entrance…

Let’s just say it’s just going to be interesting to see who survives the Survivor Series.
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Alternate Reality by Vin Tastic – Who’s next? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/07/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-%e2%80%93-who%e2%80%99s-next/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/09/07/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-%e2%80%93-who%e2%80%99s-next/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2009 16:49:25 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=90990 my recent column discussing Bryan Danielson’s impending move to WWE, the news broke that another former Ring of Honor world champion, Nigel McGuinness, was right behind the American Dragon in his move to McMahonland. As the British Bruiser fine-tunes his WWE contract, many are speculating about Vince’s interest in other ROH talent. Which members of the Ring of Honor roster might catch McMahon’s eye?]]> Mere days after my recent column discussing Bryan Danielson’s impending move to WWE, the news broke that another former Ring of Honor world champion, Nigel McGuinness, was right behind the American Dragon in his move to McMahonland. As the British Bruiser fine-tunes his WWE contract, many are speculating about Vince’s interest in other ROH talent. Which members of the Ring of Honor roster might catch McMahon’s eye?

TODAY’S ISSUE: Other ROH talent Vince McMahon could hire.

Considering what we know about the sort of performer McMahon usually prefers to showcase in his “sportz entertainment” version of pro wrestling, it’d be easy to peg guys like Claudio Castagnoli and Kenny King as prime targets for the WWE roster. Claudio is a big, physically impressive stud with a built-in gimmick (Vince has always loved foreigners) and a well-defined personality. In fact, he was once under a short-lived developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, so you know he’s somebody they’ve wanted to bring to TV in the past. King, who competed on WWE’s Tough Enough reality show, is similar to Shelton Benjamin in terms of athleticism and agility but he possesses much more natural charisma and attitude, which is always a hit with WWE crowds.

But lately, the success of a smaller, more “wrestling-oriented” performer like reigning World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk and the signing of Danielson, who some might consider a tad vanilla in the personality department, has left me wondering who’s making the hiring decisions in WWE at the moment. Could it be that Vince suddenly sees the business in a different way now, and a whole new era will dawn in the mainstream U.S. industry, or has McMahon simply started allowing his talent scouts to try new things? Either way, the prospect of more focus on in-ring quality versus caricatures in WWE is certainly appealing, and leads me to question who else on the current ROH roster might be in line for a shot at the “big time”.

Rumor has it that after McGuinness, McMahon has his eye on as many as three other Ring of Honor mainstays. If that’s true, the question becomes which three? Who might Vince be hearing a lot about? Which performers are the talk of Titan Towers? What three ROH warriors might Vince and company be watching on HDNet and DVDs, trying to concoct a role for them someplace on the RAW, ECW, or SmackDown! rosters? There are several folks whom I believe could thrive in WWE under the right set of circumstances, but as far as who’s most likely to get the call, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Tyler Black. A young, strong, agile, explosive, dynamic athlete, with heartthrob qualities and the ability to sell like he’s being tortured in the ring, Black could bring a great deal to WWE. He’s amassed an impressive amount of experience for such a young performer, and shows a lot of poise and ring-generalship while working with some of the most capable and skilled wrestlers in the world today. His match against then-ROH champ Nigel McGuinness at the Take No Prisoners ppv in early 2008 made him a star overnight, and created a wave of momentum that only slowed down when ROH ruined it with bad booking by failing to pull the trigger on his “big win” once the time was right. If they hadn’t slowed him down themselves, Black might be the biggest name in ROH today. Fans quickly learned to see him as a cut above the average wrestler, and cared deeply about his successes and failures. That, my friends, is the kind of guy you want in your promotion.

Davey Richards. Other than height, which may not be an issue in the “new” WWE with guys like Punk and Danielson roaming the landscape, Davey Richards has it all. He’s got a great looking, muscled-up physique covered in cool tattoos. He boasts an intense, wicked mean streak, good promo skills, a deep moveset of striking, suplexes, and submission holds, and enough charisma to bring it all together and reach the crowd. Richards is quick, tough, and devastatingly brutal between the ropes, and he would do well in the Jamie Noble or Shane Helms roll of the cruiserweight who doesn’t wrestle a high-flying style, but gets it done on the mat instead. His lightning-in-a-bottle, eruptive style could really light a fire on WWE programming.

Delirious. Nobody in ROH screams “sportz entertainment” more than the Lizard Man. While his offbeat gimmick and outrageous antics would be a perfect fit in the land of crazy characters known as World Wrestling Entertainment, Delirious is also an incredible in-ring performer, and if given the right opportunity he could really get over with WWE crowds. After all, another great wrestling technician encased in an unusual character got over once before, in the person of Nick “Eugene” Dinsmore, so the template is there. While WWE fans would first find him a conundrum, Delirious could eventually have them chanting, “Bah! Bah! Bah!” along with him, and I’ll bet he’d sell a lot of green-and-black merchandise before too long. We all know how much Vince loves wrestlers who push merch.

One might say that since King and Castagnoli have already had their chance in WWE, they are out of consideration, but as the old saying goes, “never say never”. And while his initial run in WWE didn’t go so well, an all-around performer like Brent Albright would always be a solid addition to any one of the three WWE rosters, so who knows? The scary thing for indy fans today is that if wrestlers who don’t fit the usual McMahon mold are suddenly getting contracts, then nobody’s safe, and guys like Austin Aries, Kenny Omega, the Briscoes, and Roderick Strong could get the call at any moment. Of course, as I stated last week, I understand why each and every one of them should jump at the chance for guaranteed money and a less physically demanding style, but it could certainly damage ROH if enough of their big stars take the plunge at around the same time.

Hopefully Vince will continue his policy of “future endeavoring” good performers on his roster as he brings in new meat, so guys like Colt Cabana and Brian Kendrick are available to fill the gaps created by the departures of Danielson, McGuinness, and whomever else McMahon brings into the fold. A revolving door of wrestlers who do their time up north and then return home to Ring of Honor and other indy feds actually freshens-up characters and gives more young lions a chance to step up to the plate and see if they can hit, which is never a bad thing. Whatever happens, this is certainly an interesting time to be a wrestling fan. Stay tuned.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

p.s. – “Be ready when opportunity comes… Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.” – Roy D. Chapin, Jr.

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Elsewhere on Pulse Wrestling this week…

Chris Morgado is back with week #3 of The Column With No Name, this week focusing on the “little things” that make a show great.

Will Pruett and Dale Clarke each give their views on gimmick-themed pay-per-view events.

Here are your official Pulse Wrestling rankings for WWE, TNA, and ROH.

Tess Nolde brings another WWE Vintage Collection Recap.

Brian Eison recaps the SmackDown! episode that featured the very good IC Title bout between Rey Mysterio and John Morrison.

Marshall ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie. Here’s the latest Total Nonstop Weekly.

Speaking of TNA, Jon Bandit reviews their Destination X 2009 event.

Finally this week, Charlie Reneke toils over the Way Too Long Review of both the documentary portion of the Rise and Fall of WCW multi-disc set, and Disc Two. His Way Too Long Review of the third and final disc in the set is forthcoming.
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Alternate Reality by Vin Tastic – Exit/Enter the Dragon… http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/08/31/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-exitenter-the-dragon/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/08/31/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-exitenter-the-dragon/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:14:02 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=90589 By now, anyone who’d be interested in the news already knows; independent wrestling legend “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson has taken the plunge and signed with World Wrestling Entertainment. What will this major change mean for his career?

TODAY’S ISSUE: American Dragon signs with WWE.

I know I can always be counted on for a sarcastic, jaded comment about anything that emanates from WWE, but I’ve got to be fair about this. CM Punk has fared well in his “big league” tenure so far, at least as well as a smaller, non Hogan-ish performer can be expected to fare in WWE, so Danielson might have a chance. Maybe he won’t be buried or forgotten after a few weeks on the air. My worst fear is actually that Vince and company could treat Danielson like a joke, but again, using Punk’s surprising success (not surprising to indy fans, but surprising that a guy like him would be pushed by McMahon) as a model, maybe Dragon won’t be given some stupid gimmick and dumped into crappy storylines from the get-go. Perhaps he’ll be allowed to be who and what he is, and given a chance to shine between the ropes and entertain the fans with his outstanding wrestling ability. Imagine that…

If the American Dragon could somehow wind up in the same brand as Punk and Matt “Evan Bourne” Sydal along with a couple of Vince’s good young talents like Jack Swagger, Paul Burchill, or them Hart boys, that might be a show worth watching. And isn’t James “Jamie Noble” Gibson still on the roster, too? And Shane Helms, and Jimmy Yang? Hmm… these are all performers who could put on good matches against Danielson. I’d also like to see what Shelton Benjamin would do against the American Dragon, and it’d be something special to watch him go strike-for-strike against a respected veteran like Fit Finlay, or hold-for-hold against a legend like Chris Jericho.

Don’t misunderstand, I’m certainly not about to get optimistic about Danielson’s WWE run, especially considering that while incredible performers like Paul London and Brian Kendrick “couldn’t cut it” in WWE, their current roster is littered with no-talent hacks who happen to posses impressive size, like the Great Khali, and television time is routinely wasted on ridiculous nonsense like Hornswoggle, Shaq, and outdated characters like Goldust. But who knows? Maybe Vince will be willing to let just one brand stand out for its wrestling style and longer matches. I’ve always thought ECW was the perfect place for that sort of atmosphere, and since William Regal, current #1 contender to the ECW Championship, just happens to have been one of Danielson’s trainers, it would make Tuesday nights the ideal place for the “real wrestling” hour among WWE’s many weekly television shows.

The concept of ECW becoming the “wrestling” show in their lineup would be especially effective if WWE would learn to take a less hands-on approach to the in-ring product and just let great performers go out there and tear it up in 20-minute matches. I know, you doubters and WWEirdo apologists will say that mainstream wrestling fans don’t have the patience to sit through a match that actually tells a story, but I say any crowd can appreciate quality when it’s presented to them as a superior product, and WWE fans could learn to love longer, slow-developing matches under the right conditions. They need to be reminded that a painful hold is just as devastating as a punch in the mouth and that, within the context of a match with well-executed psychology, the same hold can have a much longer lasting and devastating effect.

For instance, if a true technician takes apart his opponent’s arm for 10 straight minutes before applying a crowbar or something like Nigel McGuinness’ London Dungeon, and if the man absorbing the beating sells properly throughout the match while the commentators actually discuss the focused attack and the devastating damage being done (instead of nattering on about everything but the contest, as WWE announcers tend to do), once that submission hold is locked on and the victim starts screaming in agony the crowd will realize they’re witnessing a great story, and start to care. And fans who care spend their money to watch that guy, once recovered from his arm injury, going after the man who wrenched his shoulder out of the socket and trying to score a victory to settle the score and regain some degree of pride after the loss. That’s really all it needs to be about. No child custody suits, supernatural beings, marital affairs, or hackneyed evil authority figures are required to sell pro wrestling to us wrestling fans. Set up a simple story and let the in-ring action tell it. And nobody’s better at delivering the wrestling side of an angle than Bryan Danielson.

If you are among those who think “sportz entertainment” can’t endure such a shift in philosophy, just think about the built-in psychology at SummerSlam 2002 when Shawn Michaels returned from his career-ending back injury and battled Triple H in a non-sanctioned lights-out match. Every time HHHis HHHighness even touched HBK’s back the crowd cringed in agony; the mere thought of Michaels’ damaged back being attacked like that cranked up the emotion of the contest and drew the fans in, and that doesn’t have to be a one-time thing. In the past, real wrestlers like Kurt Angle, the late, great Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, and Chris Benoit were able to get wrestling over when given the opportunity. And there are enough other competent performers on the WWE roster that they could do it again.

Bryan Danielson’s wrestling acumen could set the stage for a revival of in-ring performance in WWE that would actually allow the so-called creative team to do a lot less work. Imagine the run-sheet for a one-hour ECW broadcast that called for a short interview, then a 20-minute match. With intros and commercials, that’s half the program already. See how easy that is? And the less writing they do, the less silly stuff they’ll be forced to throw in and the product might actually become appealing to old-school fans again. And the beauty of it is, they’d never have to compromise their new slant toward PG programming. There’s nothing inappropriate about great wrestling matches; it’s all the talking and bikini contests and such that change the type of show they produce.

For storyline purposes, I’d like to see Regal bring in Danielson as a former student with the intention of having him join his band of merry men, but Dragon quickly tiring of being used as canon fodder and working solely for the good of Regal at the expense of his own potential advancement. If he were being abused and treated unfairly by Regal and company on television, it wouldn’t take long for the fans to get behind Dragon, and if he had to go through Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Koslov to get his hands on Regal that arc practically writes itself. It’d be a great way to introduce Danielson to WWE crowds, and put him over as a serious upper midcard threat right out of the chute.

I don’t know how likely it is that Bryan Danielson will be the recipient of such a warm welcome in McMahonland, but I guarantee that if given a chance to truly demonstrate his wares to the WWE audience, he’ll connect with them on a level like Punk has. They’ll see him as the real deal, not a performer portraying a character. They will learn to understand the role in-ring psychology plays in a storyline, and appreciate what an amazing athlete Danielson is. It might just be enough to earn him a following, sell tickets, merchandise, and ppv buys, and create a new star for Vince to exploit showcase, and that’s what it’s all about, right?

Yes, we indy fans will miss having one of our legendary performers around, but perhaps if the stars align right and if Vince and company take Danielson seriously, some small element of WWE programming might just become watchable again. I’d love to see that happen. I wish you good luck in the bizarre land of sportz entertainment, Mr. Danielson, and I hope you don’t need it.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

p.s. – “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” – Seneca

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Elsewhere on Pulse Wrestling this week…

Brian Eison recaps SmackDown! and SuperStars.

Paul Marshall brings you Total Nonstop Weekly.

Jon Bandit provides his 10 Thoughts on iMPACT! for your reading pleasure.

Brad Curran has an Unsolicited Review of WWE’s SummerSlam 2009 event.

Puro wizard David Ditch has another brilliant Puroresu Pulse, focusing on Mitsuharu Misawa.

Hack Johnson covers This Week in Indies.

Finally this week, Chris Morgado returns with episode 2 of The Column With No Name, discussing CM Punk.

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Alternate Reality by Vin Tastic – Way too (WW)Easy… http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/08/03/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-%e2%80%93-way-too-wweasy%e2%80%a6/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/08/03/alternate-reality-by-vin-tastic-%e2%80%93-way-too-wweasy%e2%80%a6/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 11:22:28 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=89335 Pulse Wrestling which I read extensively, I am quite familiar with what’s been happening lately in Titanland, and it seems there is very little in the way of innovation or creativity in Sportz Entertainmentville.]]> Before I get started I’ll admit that it’s been years since I’ve watched WWE programming, although I was once a “seasoned” WWF/E fan of about 25 years. However, thanks to the outstanding blow-by-blow coverage from my colleagues at Pulse Wrestling which I read extensively, I am quite familiar with what’s been happening lately in Titanland, and it seems there is very little in the way of innovation or creativity in Sportz Entertainmentville.

TODAY’S ISSUE: WWE fans make life too easy for Vince McMahon and company.

During the acclaimed “Monday Night War”, WCW came out of nowhere with the incredibly effective nWo angle and an influx of phenomenal wrestlers on the undercard, and blew McMahon’s doors off for an extended run at the top of the pro wrestling world. This threat of annihilation forced Vinnie Mac to make changes to his product and to push the envelope to deliver the most exciting, innovative, fan-pleasing product he’d ever put together, making the then-WWF a huge hit. So incredible was their success in fact, that they eventually became strong enough to swallow all their major league competition (including the original ECW, then a distant third in the US pro wrestling scene) and, for all intents and purposes, monopolize the American arm of the industry.

But for years after this conquest of the competition, the re-dubbed WWE faced no real challenge, and even though Vince’s boys started defecting to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling as an alternative, TNA has never had a chance of negatively impacting Vince’s bottom line. Today’s WWE is completely unchallenged, uncreative, and lazy, and there’s only one reason Vince is able to keep shilling the same uninspired, hackneyed, boring nonsense over and over: the fans keep buying it!

Let’s take a look at one of the prime concerns among fans who are tired of seeing the same thing over and over. According to Iain Burnside’s recent news post (credit to Pro Wrestling Insider) Triple H, John Cena and Randy Orton have been dominating the main event scene since September of 2004.

“Starting with Unforgiven 2004, which was Randy Orton’s first world title defence, WWE has booked a combination of Orton, John Cena and Triple H on no less than 24 occasions. This includes singles, tag team and multi-man matches, though not Royal Rumbles. Cena/Orton at SummerSlam 2009 will be the 25th match in the last five years to feature some combination of those three facing one another.

During that time period the three have missed significant chunks of time due to injury and other incidents – 13 months for Orton, 14 months for HHH and 7 months for Cena. Only two of them have been on the same brand for three of those five years, which also covers the period of alternating brand PPVs. Since SummerSlam 2007 the combination has been involved in 17 matches from 26 eligible PPVs.”

The report goes on to add: ”If you add Batista and Shawn Michaels to the mix the numbers go up to 44 matches involving some combination of the five men.”

Why on earth would wrestling fans, especially in this time of economic uncertainty, spend $40-50 a month to see the same stuff they’ve already seen? It’s not like they’re getting Hart/Austin or Michaels/Angle, which you could at least argue would be worth the money based on the match quality alone. Hell, they aren’t even getting charismatic entertainers like the Rock anymore, and many fans would agree that his antics were worth the price of admission. There aren’t a bunch of fantastic tandems tearing down the house in tag team action, nor are there many death-defying cruiserweights marveling fans with their innovation and high-flying maneuvers. WWE is almost literally producing the same show they’ve been selling for years, and their fans continue paying good money for it.

For $40-50, a fan can load up on several DVDs featuring outstanding wrestling action from any number of indies, or they could invest in a few specialty events (such as the King of Europe or 16 Carat Gold tournaments). I’d suggest purchasing a few DVDs per month, where you’ll get much more bang for your buck, instead of buying WWE pay-per-views highlighting the same wrestlers in the same tired feuds. And for the fans who watch WWE television program but don’t indulge in the ppvs, there’s still a free alternative with better wrestling action and new faces for the uninitiated: Ring of Honor has been stepping up the quality of their HDNet program lately, and it’s even moving to the traditional wrestling timeslot on Monday night. Now before you say, “I don’t get HDNet with my cable package”, neither do I; but I’ve found every episode for free online shortly after it aired on cable. Also, while the pickings are a little slim there’s still some decent free wrestling available at ROHvideos.com.

Since there are so many great ways to watch innovative, fresh, quality pro wrestling for no more than what Vince’s core audience pays for the WWE product, I simply don’t understand the average fan buying ppv after ppv from World Wrestling Entertainment (to say nothing of the nonsensical junk TNA produces month after month – just who the hell buys THOSE shows?). While the “IWC” consistently produces several ideas that would vastly improve the WWE product, and also contains coverage and analysis of promotions big and small from around the globe, we represent the minority of wrestling enthusiasts. I’m sure most fans eat up whatever McMahon is serving that day, and think of WWE as the entire wrestling world. In other words, there is no professional wrestling outside of McMahon-o-rama, and that narrow view is no doubt what allows Vince to stay the course.

Look at some things that are exactly the same as they’ve been for years: Christian is a singles wrestler in the mid-card, which means he’s gone absolutely nowhere since leaving WWE in late 2005 after his aborted feud with Cena, and his entire run in TNA did nothing to improve his status or enhance his character. As stated above, Triple H and John Cena are still dominating one title scene (RAW), and very little every truly changes around the other two (SmackDown! and ECW). Yes, John Morrison is getting some love, but many other young lions are forced to sit on the sidelines or play a minimal part compared to what their potential could allow them to do if given the opportunity.

While Rey Mysterio is still a major player in the promotion, only far slower and less exciting than he used to be, a guy with a world of potential to take Mysterio’s place as the next high-flying cruiserweight marvel, The Brian Kendrick has been released. Unfortunately, whenever somebody lower on the card finds a little niche that seems to work, that wrestler stands a great chance of being shown the door. Why? So the established vets needn’t worry about somebody stealing their spot? Ridiculous. As many other writers and fans have correctly stated in the past, the more stars in your company, the better everyone does financially. It makes good business sense to have more people who the fans are willing to pay money to see. Plus, it generates fresh feuds when new blood is added into the mix.

Back to the here and now of World Wrestling Entertainment, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker will both no doubt be thrust into key programs once they return… again. And speaking of HBK, if another DX reunion doesn’t thrill you, you may be in for a long summer. Meanwhile, fresh talents like Legacy and CM Punk are treated as children sitting at the adults’ table. They get some scraps, but they aren’t booked as the future of the company; instead they’re presented as distractions until the big boys eat up all the “real” main events. Edge and Chris Jericho are phenomenal, but they don’t need to be working with each other and/or Big Show at this point. These “made men” of the industry need to do a little bit of what Mick Foley was famous for – reach down to help out a young stud and give him a true superstar rub in the process. A guy like Morrison should be allowed to work an extended program against one of the godfathers of the company, and come out of it looking like a seasoned killer whether he wins or loses the blow-off match. I’m surprised that of all the newer guys on the roster, not even MVP can crack the glass ceiling, and he’s far more of what Vince loves in a main-eventer than Punk could ever hope to be.

Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler may be the latest pet-projects of the Connecticut steroid freak, but how long will be before Vince’s “true” main-eventers start guzzling these two? Can you imagine Undertaker or Triple H actually selling for one of these young lions? Would Shawn Michaels, who doesn’t lose to anybody, be willing to lie down to make a young stud into a true top-of-the-card talent for the next several years by convincingly losing a feud? Come to think of it, I’ve seen colleagues write that John Morrison could benefit from an extended program with HBK. This would be true if Michaels had any Ric Flair in him, but for as much noise as Michaels and Triple H make about respecting Slick Ric, they certainly don’t emulate him between the ropes. At least not when it comes to putting over new talent or making opponents look good in the ring. Triple H is following in Flair’s footsteps regarding the number of total world title reigns, however.

In more not-so-shocking news about how things stay the same in WWE, a big, lumbering, physically imposing yet not-so-skilled freak is starting to make some waves. Just as Kane, Big Show, Khali, and countless other giants with limited talent have in the past, Vladimir Koslov is threatening the ECW champion with his impressive bulk and… well, that’s all that’s impressive about the big Russian. His size. What’s the opposite of evolution, stagnation?

Rather than be truly creative, they wrap the same show over and over again in slightly different packaging. Ownership of the company at stake? Done to death. Evil authority figures? Beaten into the ground. Heel/face turns or brand switches for the main players? No shock value left whatsoever. Imagine how good WWE programming could be with the right balance between their young lions, whom they have in abundance, and the skilled veterans working alongside, “opening the books” to make these young men into legitimate top dogs in the sportz entertainment industry. But as long as Vince’s core audience keeps paying to see the same thing again and again, McMahon won’t be challenged to do anything different in the way that Eric Bischoff once challenged him. It’s too bad, because there’s a lot of potential there but the fans are now the only ones who can challenge McMahon to do something different, to demand change, to force WWE to allow their newer talent to truly rise to the top.

By turning off WWE television shows, not buying ppvs or merchandise, and skipping live events, or even better, by spending your time and money on the plethora of more satisfying independent wrestling that’s readily available, you can tell Vince McMahon that you want to see something new and exciting once again. But until that happens, it’s going to be business as usual in Titanville, regardless of how tired, uninspired, and boring that business might be. WWE fans, you didn’t ask for it, so you didn’t get it. Enjoy.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled reality.

p.s. – “All things must change to something new, to something strange.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Elsewhere on Pulse Wrestling this week…

Tess Nolde returns with another WWE Vintage Collection Recap.

Brian Eison’s got the WWE Superstars Recap for 30 July and the SmackDown! Recap for 31 July, while Paul Marshall offers his 10 Thoughts on WWE Superstars.

John Wiswell takes another look at injuries in the indies in this week’s Cult of ROH.

Roy Reynolds debuts here at Pulse Wrestling with a very detailed look at the wacky hybrid fed in the first CHIKARA Chronicles.

Charlie Reneke writes long reviews. Here are the Way Too Long Reviews for WWE’s No Way Out 2009 ppv and the home DVD release of Allied Powers: The World’s Greatest Tag Teams.

PK provides Pulse Wrestling’s official rankings for WWE as of 1 August, and TNA as of 2 August.

Finally this week, GRUT makes his triumphant return with his unique view on the news in Junk News, Huzzah!
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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-time Smackdown Report 04/24/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/24/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04242009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/24/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04242009/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2009 23:52:51 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=85675 It’s Friday night, time to kick back, relax, and forget about the rough week you just had at work. Follow along with us for two full hours of Smackdown action…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV with ringside announcers Jim Ross and Todd Grisham.

“The Rated R Superstar” Edge is in the ring to talk about John Cena and their upcoming match this Sunday. Edge claims he will be the last man standing. JR and Todd give us a replay of what happened last week when Jeff Hardy faced Big Show and Matt Hardy interfered and we go to commercial break.

Matt Hardy and “The Big Red Machine” Kane vs. CM Punk, MITB Winner, and Jeff Hardy

The referee calls for the bell and Jeff and Matt are in the ring, but Matt tags in Kane before Jeff can get to him. Jeff tags in Punk who goes after Kane and then tags in Jeff. Jeff takes an uppercut from Kane and Kane tags in Matt. The ref has to pull Jeff off of Matt in the corner. Matt bails out but Punk heads him off as Jeff comes over the top rope with a cross body block and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Jeff and Punk pull off a little double-team action, Punk covers and gets two. Punk tags in Jeff, another double-team effort and Jeff covers for one. Jeff goes after Matt but Kane delivers a boot that sends Jeff to the floor near Matt. Matt takes his boots to Jeff on the floor, Kane goes out to slam Jeff’s back into the ring post. Back in the ring, Kane covers for two. Matt gets the tag and the ref has to back Matt off of Jeff in the corner. The fans get behind Jeff as he tries to get to his feet. The two brothers battle it out around the ring. Matt tags in Kane who continues to beat down Jeff. Kane tags in Matt who covers for two. Jeff delivers a Whisper in the Wind, covers and gets two. Kane enters the ring and Punk is there to take Kane to the floor outside. Jeff delivers a kick to the face, Kane on the ring apron, Jeff takes down Kane, Matt goes for a roll up and gets three.

Winners: Matt Hardy and Kane via pinfall.

The match was a nice lead in for the I Quit Match between Jeff and Matt this Sunday at Backlash and we go to commercial break.

We see a video recap of the feud between “The Game” Triple H and Randy Orton, Legacy the McMahons and the return of “The Animal” Batista. HHH, Shane McMahon and Batista will face “The Legacy”, Orton, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes.

Big Show vs. and we go to commercial break.

The Undertaker

The ref signals for the bell and the two lock up. We have a brawl as the two exchange punches with Taker throwing in a knee now and then. Show is moving to Raw next week and it was announced this is his final match on Smackdown. Big Show charges and gets caught on the ropes as The Dead Man gets out of the way. Taker delivers a kick and Show goes down to the floor and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, The Dead Man is getting to his feet. Taker tries for a choke slam but Big Show delivers one of his own and covers for two. Show delivers two fists and the referee calls the match.

Winner: The Big Show when The Undertaker cannot continue.

I was not overly enthused with this match but the live audience seemed to appreciate it. We go to commercial break.

We see a recap of the match last week between Maryse and Gail Kim.

Diva’s Championship Match: Maryse © vs. Gail Kim

Gail goes for a quick roll up but Maryse kicks out. Gail again goes for a cover and gets two. Maryse heads up the ramp to leave but Gail brings her back and gets caught in the ropes. Maryse delivers a DDT, covers and gets three.

Winner and still Diva’s Champion: Maryse

This wasn’t a bad match for a diva’s match. Gail Kim and Maryse are two of the better female workers in WWE. We see Jeff Hardy backstage talking about how he is going to deal with his brother at Backlash and we go to commercial break.

We a video of “The View” where one of the personalities seems to have the hots for M.V.P. I do not know who she is. I don’t watch “The View”.

M.V.P. WWE US Champion vs. Chavo Guerrero

The ref calls for the bell and the two men lock up. Porter drops the elbow, covers and gets two. Montel covers again and gets three.

Winner: M.V.P. via pinfall

An extremely short match with Dolph Ziggler coming out to give M.V.P. a hard time about their upcoming match. Sherry Sheppard is the person from “The View” who wants to meet M.V.P. and we go to commercial break.

Todd interviewed John Cena last night and we see a video of the interview. Cena claims he will be the last man standing at Backlash. Ross and Grisham give us a rundown of the matches scheduled for Backlash.

”The Animal” Basista >/b> and we go to commercial break

and Shane McMahon vs. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase

The ref signals for the bell and Shane and Ted square off. The ref backs DiBiase out of the corner and McMahon comes back with a right hand, arm drags and then tags in The Animal. Rhodes gets the tag and Batista takes down both men before covering Rhodes for two. Shane gets the tag and continues the assault on Cody but Cody comes back and tags in DiBiase. Batista and McMahon clear the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Shane tags in Batista to handle Cody and they deliver a suplex, The Animal covers and gets two. McMahon gets the tag and we have a little more double-team action, Shane covers, gets two and Ted is in the ring to deliver a kick to Shane. Shane turns his back on Rhodes, gets drop kicked and DiBiase gets the tag. Rhodes gets the tag, double-team action, cover and two. Shane ends up in enemy territory, tries to punch his way out, but Ted gets the tag, a double-team, cover and two. Cody gets the tag, drops a knee, covers for two. McMahon delivers a DDT, Batista is begging for the tag and gets it as Rhodes tags in DiBiase. Shane accidentally knocks Batista off the ring apron, Batista is back in the ring, Batista delivers a spine buster, Shane covers Rhodes and gets three.

Winners: Shane McMahon and Batista via pinfall

This was a nice main event and a nice build to the upcoming match at Backlash.

Thanks for joining us tonight. Check out Pulse Wrestling every day for news, live recaps, and new columns. This live reporter is taking a leave of absence from Smackdown but wishes everyone a safe and happy weekend!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Smackdown Report 04/17/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/17/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04172009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/17/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04172009/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2009 23:52:49 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=85321 It is Friday night and time for the newly reshuffled, revised, really confusing first Smackdown since the WWE Draft. Follow along for two full hours of action as we attempt to find out who will be stand out, who will be shut out, so grab a drink, your chair, and away we go…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Smackdown is brought to us from the University of Tennessee on MyNetworkTV with ringside announcers Jim Ross and Todd Grisham.

Jeff Hardy vs. Big Show

If Jeff can run fast enough, he may survive against Big Show. The audience is all pro Hardy and we can only hope Hardy survives being stepped on by Show. Big Show goes for a cover for two. Jeff’s chest and back are red from the beating he is taking at the hands of the big man, Show throws Hardy through the ropes, to the floor and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, Jeff is still being abused by Big Show but JR and Todd tell us what a great match it has been as Show covers and gets two. Big Show misses a leap off the second rope, Jeff comes back, Matt Hardy appears at ringside and Jeff goes over the top rope, stepping on Show as he goes, to take out Matt. Jeff gets back in the ring and Big Show covers for the three.

Winner: Big Show via pinfall.

I have no idea why we saw this match even as an opener. After Show exits the ring, Matt comes in to slap Jeff around and then delivers repeated leg drops off the rope. Matt puts his foot on Jeff’s chest and raises his arm in the air and we go to commercial break.

WWE Smack of the Night: The Great Khali defeats Santino Marella last Monday on Raw and now Santina Marella, Santino’s alleged sister, must kiss Khali on the next kiss cam.

The Punjabi Playboy and Ranjin Singh are in the ring to talk about Khali not being able to wait until next week to kiss Santina and we have the Khali Kiss Cam tonight and they are looking for volunteers! A surprisingly attractive girl from Tennessee volunteers and Kahli gets his smooch on. Maryse is backstage and heading to the ring and we go to commercial break.

Maryse, Diva’s Champion vs. Gail Kim

I did not see either of these women get a warm welcome. Maryse does a little dancing on the ring apron to avoid Gail but Gail charges and is sent through the ropes and to the floor. Maryse does have a nice face plant move, which she uses on Kim. Gail delivers a leg sweep and covers for two. Kim comes off the top rope and nearly misses the mark, delivers a kick to the face and covers for three.

Winner: Gail Kim via pinfall.

It was a divas match and passable as such. Grisham and Ross talk about next Monday night it will be Triple H vs. Randy Orton and they will face off tonight.

R-Truth and we go to commercial break.

vs. John Morrison

The bell rings, the two lock up with Truth applying a side headlock. Morrison uses the hair to break the hold but R-Truth delivers a high leg, covers and gets two. John springboards off the ropes and delivers a boot to the head, covers and gets two. Morrison delivers a drop toehold and uses the ropes to choke Truth. R-Truth delivers a jawbreaker, covers and gets two. Truth delivers a boot to the face, covers and gets two. John delivers the corkscrew neckbreaker, covers and gets three.

Winner: John Morrison via pinfall.

The match was too short but otherwise not bad in the wrestling department. Triple H is heading to the ring and we go to commercial break. I apologize for saying that this would be a confusing Smackdown because of the draft. The moves did not take place this week. It appears we still have that to look forward to.

Triple H, WWE Champion, makes his way to the ring to loud cheers from the live audience. Randy Orton’s entrance music begins but Orton does not appear at the top of the ramp. The music stops, begins again and Randy appears on the big screen to tell HHH that he is not going to get a chance to fight tonight. Orton says he isn’t worried about their match next Monday because he is sure that Trips will get himself disqualified. We have a lot of mind games going on but Triple H keeps laughing and Randy loses his cool. HHH says he knows something Orton he knows something Orton doesn’t know. The match they have coming up is a No DQ match with no rules and no titles on the line. The cerebral assassin strikes again and tells Randy that this Monday he is going to finish it. Nice little sideshow with Triple H doing what he does so well and we go to commercial break.

We see a replay of the opening match between Big Show and Jeff Hardy with interference by Matt Hardy. Matt is backstage with Theodore Long with Teddy telling Hardy that he will face Jeff Hardy in an I Quit Match.

”The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin vs. The Undertaker

JR and Todd talk about Taker’s match at Wrestlemania and his 17-0 record as the Dead Man makes his way to the ring. The referee calls for the bell and Shelton isn’t wanting to lock up but he can’t get away from Undertaker. Taker delivers an elbow drop and covers but Shelton kicks out. The Dead Man applies a wristlock and works on Benjamin’s left shoulder before going old school. Shelton counters a suplex and delivers a neck breaker and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Shelton has the upper hand, goes for a cover and Taker kicks out. Benjamin continues to work on the Dead Man’s neck. Benjamin delivers a fist and Taker makes a brief comeback before Benjamin goes to work on the neck again. Undertaker gets turned over and has Shelton by the throat, Shelton fights out and the two throw fists in the center of the ring until Shelton hits the mat. The Dead Man catches boots in the corner, Taker catches Shelton in a choke, Shelton counters and delivers a DDT. Taker kicks out of the cover and sits up, Shelton delivers a suplex, has the shoulders down and gets two. Benjamin draws his thumb over his throat, goes for a move, Undertaker counters with a Tombstone piledriver, covers and gets three.

Winner: The Undertaker via pinfall.

Amazing work by The Undertaker after the match he had against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania. Shelton Benjamin did a great job working against the Dead Man in this match up. This one was worth watching. M.V.P. is backstage and is Teddy Long appears to tell him he wishes him the best of luck on Monday Night Raw. I think Dolph Ziggler is there to introduce himself but Long interrupts him and we go to commercial break.

M.V.P., WWE United States Champion vs. Dolph Ziggler

I am going to miss MVP on Smackdown. Ziggler delivers a face push but MVP takes a swing and connects, Ziggler avoids a kick off the ropes by sliding out of the ring. Back in the ring, Dolph delivers a boot to the abdomen but Porter comes back and drops Dolph on his face on the mat. Ziggler avoids the corner kick but catches Montel’s shoulder on the ropes after Montel is distracted by the ref. Ziggler covers and gets two. Dolph goes to work on MVP’s arm. Porter is back to his feet and delivers a nice slam as Ziggler comes off the ropes. Montel delivers a facebreaker and checks with the audience to see how he is doing, delivers an elbow drop, covers and gets two. MVP catches a boot in the corner, is shoved into the turnbuckle, Ziggler covers, holds the trunks in a roll up and gets the three.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler by cheating.

Not a bad match and Ziggler takes the mic after the match to introduce himself to M.V.P. Batista will face Legacy’s Ted Dibiase next and we go to commercial break.

Todd and JR reminds everyone that Backlash is only 9 days away and they go over the matches that are scheduled for that pay per view event.

”The Animal” Batista vs. Ted DiBiase

The bell ring and it going to be a brawl with Batista going for an early cover and Ted kicking out. Batista delivers a suplex, covers and gets two. Batista goes for the Batista bomb but DiBiase goes for the leg and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, Ted is still working on the leg but Batista comes back with hard right hands. DiBiase catches a boot off the ropes, but Batista ends up going through the ropes and out to the floor. Ted rolls out after him and goes for the leg with a chop block before rolling himself back into the ring. DiBiase uses the ring post to deliver more punishment to Batista’s knee and leg. The audience gets loud for Batista, who goes for an inside cradle and gets two but Ted goes back to work on the leg. Batista manages to kick DiBiase off, delivers a spine buster, but catches a light boot in the corner. Batista catches Ted with a spear and gets fired up, delivers the Batista bomb, covers and gets three.

Winner: Batista via pinfall.

A decent closing match for Smackdown this week.

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report 04/06/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/06/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-raw-report-04062009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/06/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-raw-report-04062009/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2009 00:53:47 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=84910 It is Monday and time to catch up on all of the backlash from Wrestlemania 25! Your regular host, Mr. Marshall, couldn’t be here tonight. Follow along with us for two full hours of Raw action…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Monday Night Raw is brought to us from Houston, TX on the USA Network. Our ringside announcers are Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Randy Orton, who lost his match against Triple H at Wrestlemania, comes to the ring to complain about HHH cheating last night and how the fans liked seeing him get beat. He wants a rematch. Vince McMahon appears and heads rather quickly to the ring. Randy bails. Vince tells Orton if he wants a McMahon, he’s in the ring. Randy should not have threatened the McMahon grandchildren and Vince says that Orton will not get another chance at a championship match again but he will get Backlash and he will get a match with his friends DiBiase and Rhodes against HHH, Shane and Vince. Orton wants to face McMahon tonight one on one. Vince says it’s on and we go to commercial break.

Lumberjack Match for WWE Unified Tag Team Championship: John Morrison and The Miz vs. Carlito and Primo ©

Morrison ends up on the floor and gets beat by the lumberjacks before making it back into the ring for Primo to go for a pin, getting one and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, John has Primo down on the canvas and we see that Primo made it out to the floor during the commercial break. Miz gets the tag and goes for a cover but Carlito is in to break it up. Primo delivers a jawbreaker and Carlito is in. Carlito delivers a corkscrew neck breaker but can’t get the three. Carlito and Miz both go off the top turnbuckle to the floor, Morrison goes up top and dives onto the lumberjacks taking everyone out on the floor. Miz and Carlito are back in the ring, Miz covers and gets two. Carlito goes for a cover but John breaks it up. Primo and Jon are on the floor, Carlito goes for a backstabber, Miz has the ropes, delivers a roll up and gets two. Carlito nails the backstabber, covers and gets the three.

Winners and still WWE Unified Tag Team Champions: Primo and Carlito

A great opening match that would have been great for Wrestlemania. Primo and Carlito do a spectacular job as a tag team. Shane and Vince are backstage. Shane is asking about the six man tag match at Backlash and he is concerned about his Dad facing Orton and we go to commercial break.

Diva’s Tag Team Match: Jillian Hall, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly and Layla vs. Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Natalya, Maryse, and Maria

Gail Kim and Melina start the match, both end up on the floor with Melina getting worked over on the outside. Natayla gets the tag and Mickie gets the tag. I am not overly fond of Natalya’s outfit but I do like her style. There is a fight on the floor. Mickie James delivers a roll up and gets the three.

Winners: Mickie James and team.

Shane meets up with HHH backstage to discuss the upcoming match between Vince and Randy. Trips says he will talk to Vince but he doesn’t know if it will help and we go to commercial break.

Diva’s Tag Team Match: Jillian Hall, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly and Layla vs. Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Natalya, Maryse, and Maria

Gail Kim and Melina start the match, both end up on the floor with Melina getting worked over on the outside. Natayla gets the tag and Mickie gets the tag. I am not overly fond of Natalya’s outfit but I do like her style. There is a fight on the floor. Mickie James delivers a roll up and gets the three.

Winners: Mickie James and team.

Shane meets up with HHH backstage to discuss the upcoming match between Vince and Randy. Trips says he will talk to Vince but he doesn’t know if it will help and we go to commercial break.
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WWE Slam of the Week: Wrestlemania match between Rey Mysterio and JBL for the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Mysterio wins and JBL quits to the joy of all of the fans in attendance.

Wrestlemania All Star Tag Team Match: Jeff Hardy and CM Punk (MITB winner) and Rey Mysterio (new Intercontinental Champion) and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and John Cena (WWE World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Y2J Chris Jericho and Kane and Matt Hardy and Big Show and “The Rated R Superstar” Edge and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, Matt and Rey are in the ring, but Jeff gets the tag and Matt races to tag in Edge. Jeff goes for a cover, gets two and tags in Cena. Ricky wants the tag and the crowd wants Steamboat. He comes off the top and goes for two. Kane gets the tag, misses a corner squash and Steamboat is cleaning house. Kane catches Ricky in a side slam and Jericho gets the tag. Jericho tags in Show who chokes Steamboat and then threatens the referee. Show tags in Jericho who delivers a clothesline and covers for two. Ricky gets back to his feet, breaks Jericho’s hold but Chris tries to lock in the Walls of Jericho, but Steamboat reverses and goes for a roll up for two and Punk gets the tag. Punk delivers a high knee in the corner, a bulldog, and starts knocking opponents off the ring apron. Kane nails Punk, Jericho covers, but Punk kicks out. Jericho tags in Kane who delivers a boot to the head and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, Punk is fighting off Kane but as he comes off the ropes, Kane delivers a boot to the face and tags in Matt who covers for two. Matt tags in Edge who covers for two. Edge tags in Show who picks up Punk by the hair and delivers a head butt before standing on Punk’s head. The ref breaks it up, Show mouths off at the ref and delivers a chop to the chest. Show tags in Edge with a hard slap to the hand. Kane gets the tag, putting Punk on the top turnbuckle but Punk knocks Kane down and comes off to get caught in a choke slam attempt. Punk switches it into a DDT and both men are down. Punk’s left arm is hurt. Edge gets the tag and so does Jeff who takes Edge down, covers and gets two. Matt enters the ring, Jeff takes Matt out, tags in Cena, Show is in, Rey gts the tag, Cena takes Show over the top, Mysterio gets caught by Jericho but 619’s both of them, goes to the top, Steamboat and Mysterio off the top, Rey covers Jericho and gets the three.

Winners: Rey Mysterio, Ricky Steamboat, CM Punk, John Cena and Jeff Hardy

I could have done without the two commercial breaks but this was one great match. I could watch Steamboat every week. He’s still got it. Fortunately we got to see more of Mysterio tonight than we did at Wrestlemania and the others did a wonderful job of making this match work. Triple H is backstage with Vince to talk about the match with Orton and tells him to finish it tonight and we go to commercial break.

Interim General Manager of Raw, Vickie Guerrero, is brought out in her wheelchair pushed by Chavo Guerrero. She says that after Wrestlemania she will have the option of one show or the other and she is going to be the permanent GM of Raw. Edge will have a mandatory rematch against John Cena for the title at Backlash. Cole and Lawler talk about Wrestlemania 25. Vickie is back to tell everyone that the Edge vs. Cena match will be a last man standing. Dibiase and Rhodes are backstage with Orton and we go to commercial break.

Miss Wrestlemania Santina Marella is introduced and The Glamazon Beth Phoenix and Rosa Mendez enter the ring. Phoenix challenges Marella to a match tonight and Marella accepts the challenge.

The Glamazon Beth Phoenix vs. Santina Marella and we go to commercial break.

The ref calls for the bell, a minor tussle, Marella delivers a roll up and gets the three.

Winner: Santina Marella

It was a cute little skit but a total waste of Beth Phoenix.

Randy Orton vs. Vince McMahon

Vince delivers the first blow and then the second and continues to work on Orton where he was nailed by the sledgehammer the night before. Orton rolls out and McMahon is right behind him, slamming his head into the announcer’s table. The action moves back into the ring and Randy delivers a back breaker and the tables are turned with Orton delivering an RKO. Orton backs up for the kick and Shane is in the ring tripping up Randy but Rhodes and Dibiase are right behind him and Shane is getting a beating. Trips is out last, taking out Cody and Ted before coming after Orton. Now it’s three on one as Vince is outside and Shane is dropped. Batista’s music hits and here comes The Animal to clean house. Rhodes is left to get beat on by everyone who can get back to their feet.

I don’t think there was a winner. Batista is back and it looks like he has sided with the McMahon. Vince has a mic and says Orton was right. Batista will be taking Vince’s place at Backlash.

Thank you for joining us. Have a great week and Paul Marshall will be back next week. Join me on Friday for the live Smackdown report on Pulse Wrestling!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Smackdown Report 04/03/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/03/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04032009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/04/03/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-04032009/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2009 23:50:31 +0000 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/?p=84647 It is Friday night and Wrestlemania 25 is this Sunday! Grab a cold one, kick off your shoes, relax and follow along with your favorite Smackdown Superstars as we continue along the road to the greatest “sportz entertainment” event of the year…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV with ringside announcers Jim Ross and Tazz. For those of you who have not heard, Tazz did not renew his contract when it expired and has left the company on good terms.

Diva Tag Team Match: Maryse, WWE Diva’s Champion and Michelle McCool vs.
Gail Kim and Maria

McCool and Maria lock up as the referee calls for the bell. McCool tags in Maryse and Maryse tags in McCool. As JR says, it’s an all blond match and Maryse is tagged in again. Has anyone else noticed Maryse always looks like she’s having a good time? Maria finally makes it to her corner to tag in Gail who hits Maryse with a cross body block and then nails McCool with a kick as she tries to interfere. Gail delivers a neck breaker and gets the three.

Winners: Gail Kim and Maria

The “Diva” division may be getting better with Gail Kim back in the ring. A short match and, unfortunately not enough of Gail Kim, but it was a nice intro for her. M.V.P is backstage with Eve Torres to talk about the MITB at Wrestlemania. “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin appears to disagree with M.V.P. about who is keeping the United States Championship belt and we go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall has you covered on Monday night with Pulse Wrestling’s REAL-TIME Coverage of WWE RAW!

We are now in Houston with Todd Grisham and Jerry “The King” Lawler and WWE fans. We see a video of the feud between Matt and Jeff Hardy and hear about the Extreme Match they will have at Wrestlemania 25 and we go to commercial break.

We are back to WWE Fan Axxess in Houston with Grisham and Lawler to discuss Wrestlemania 25 and they discuss the Triple Threat Match between “Rated R Superstar” Edge vs. John Cena vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship and we see a video of the build up to that match, including the love (ugh) triangle between Edge, Vickie Guerrero and Big Show. And we go to commercial break.

We return to Grisham and Lawler who continue to talk about the triple threat match including Cena and Show on Monday Night Raw this week which included a run in by Edge. Edge is now on camera with his title belt to tell everyone that he will be retaining his title at Wrestlemania 25 and we go to commercial break.

Kevin Innarelli picks up the action on Tuesday night with ECW Real-Time Coverage!

Lawler and Grisham tell us about Kid Rock performing at Wrestlemania 25 and then they discuss Santino Marella and his mankini. We see what happened last Monday night on Raw with a Diva tag team match. I wasn’t watching on Monday night but I’m going to get to see Marella’s mankini in the replay and we go to commercial break.

WWE United States Championship Match: “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin vs. M.V.P. ©

I enjoy both of these workers and when they face each other, it can come together as a great match. The bell rings and Benjamin comes out punching, going for an early cover but not getting even a one. Porter comes off the ropes and now he’s throwing fists until the ref interrupts and Porter catches a boot to the knee. Benjamin goes for the cover and gets two. Porter gets tossed out of the ring and is thrown back first into the steel steps by the challenger. Benjamin rolls Porter back into the ring, covers and gets two but he continues to work on the injured back of Porter. The fans are behind Porter,who comes back swinging but then gets caught in a t-bone, Benjamin covers and gets two. Benjamin applies a modified camel clutch and Porter works his way back to his feet with Benjamin on his shoulders, dropping Benjamin to the mat in the electric chair. Porter gets caught in a jawbreaker, Benjamin charges across the ring and Porter gets out of the way, causing Benjamin to run into the ring post. Porter delivers right hands and sends Benjamin to the canvas before delivering a power slam as Benjamin comes off the ropes. Porter delivers a face breaker, smiles to the fans, drops the elbow, covers and gets two. Benjamin catches Porter with a kick to the face, covers and gets two. Benjamin comes off the top turnbuckle with a neck breaker, covers and gets two. Chants of “M.V.P.” begin, Porter delivers a kick to the head, delivers the playmaker, covers and gets three.

Winner and still US Champion: M.V.P.

It was an excellent match, not nearly long enough but just enough to show everyone the talent of these two wrestlers. M.V.P. appears to be on a roll and we go to commercial break.

We are back at WWE Fan Axxess in Houston, Texas with Lawler and Grisham and the fans in attendance. They go over the matches scheduled for Wrestlemania 25 and we again see a replay of Monday Night Raw with Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes facing Vince McMahon and then we go to commercial break.

We go back to WWE Fan Axxess with Grisham and Lawler and they are again discussing the rivalry between Triple H and Randy Orton and we see a video recap of the feud between the two, the return of Vince and Shane McMahon along with HHH and we go to commercial break.

Mr. Marshall is everywhere this week and brings you Thursday’s action with Total Nonstop Weekly!

We return to Houston with Grisham and Lawler with a view of the fans at WWE Fan Axxess. We hear about the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony tomorrow night and Lawler reminds us that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will be one of the inductees. We see a video of Austin and some of his stellar WWE moments and we go to commercial break.

Grisham and Lawler give us a preview of the upcoming Wrestlemania match between “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, the feud leading up to the match and then we go to commercial break.

WWE Smack of the Night: “The” Brian Kendrick with Ezekiel Jackson vs. Jeff Hardy in an extreme rules match. Hardy won the match.

Jeff Hardy vs. Ezekiel Jackson with “The” Brian Kendrick

Jeff has some extreme makeup on tonight. Zeke might have more friends if he would smile now and then. Kendrick exits the ring and the ref calls for the bell. Hardy comes out swinging and the chants of “Hardy” have already begun in the audience. Zeke is powerful but Hardy sidesteps him and he nails the corner post. Hardy misses the Twist of Fate and catches a shoulder block from Zeke who is wearing some of Hardy’s makeup that has rubbed off. “Hardy” chants begin again but Hardy gets caught in a bear hug as he comes off the ropes. Kendrick shouts orders to Zeke from ringside and Hardy is now down on the mat. Hardy makes it back to his feet and elbows his way out of the hold, delivers a Whisper in the Wind but can’t make it for the cover. Hardy sends Zeke over the top rope with a clothesline and then takes out Zeke and Kendrick by coming over the top rope. He slams Kendrick into the guardrail but Zeke delivers a blow and the match moves back inside. This time Hardy nails the Twist of Fate, goes to the top and hits the Swanton bomb, covers and gets three.

Winner: Jeff Hardy

Extremely short match but worth watching just to see Jeff Hardy on fire.

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

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Andy Wheeler covers the worst in For Your Consideration…The 24 Worst Matches in Wrestlemania History!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-time Smackdown Report 03/27/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/27/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-03272009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/27/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-03272009/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2009 23:50:51 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=84442 Mr. Marshall has been filling in for the last two weeks – Thank you, Mr. Marshall! – and I have some catching up to do. For the perfect end to your week, follow along with Pulse Wrestling as we continue to travel down the road to Wrestlemania…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV with ringside announcers Jim Ross and Tazz..

Eight Man MIBT Tag Team Match: CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, M.V.P and “The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry vs. Christian, “The Big Red Machine” Kane, “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin and Finlay

Kingston and Christian start off the match. Kingston tags in Punk, Christian takes CM Punk down and tags in Finlay. Punk tries for the GTS but Kane stops it and Finlay and Kane have a disagreement and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, CM Punk is getting worked over by Benjamin but Punk tags in Henry and Kane gets the tag from Shelton. Porter tags himself in and Kane tags in The Gold Standard. The live audience gets behind Montel and he comes off the ropes but Shelton takes him down and Kane gets the tag. CM Punk gets the tag from M.V.P. who comes out fighting. Punk springboards off the top rope, gets caught in a choke slam and Kane covers for the three.

Winners: Kane, Finlay, Shelton Benjamin and Christain via pinfall

This was not a bad opening match if you don’t take into consideration the short duration and the commercial break during the match. After the match, there is a war inside and outside of the ring in a free for all brawl. Christian grabs a ladder and climbs up after the briefcase hanging over the ring but Hornswoggle and Finlay tip the ladder over and Christian goes out to the floor taking out the workers outside. The landing looked a little rough.on Christian. Finlay climbs the ladder and takes the briefcase. After we are reminded about Randy Orton’s shocking behavior, we go to commercial break. .

Two on One Handicap Match: Jesse and Festus vs. Big Show

Festus goes after Show as the referee calls for the bell but he doesn’t last large against Show. Festus gets tossed out of the ring and Festus feels the wrath of Big Show including some heavy chops to the chest. Festus ends up on the floor but makes it back into the ring. Festus nails Show with a kick, covers but can’t get a one. Festus gets dropped with a big fist, Jesse gets choke slammed and Big Show gets three.

Winner: Big Show via pinfall.

It was a squash match. JR introduces a video of 12 Rounds, John Cena’s new movie and we go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall has you covered on Monday night with Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report!

Jim Ross gives us a run down of the battle going on between Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy including Matt screwing Jeff out of the Heavyweight Championship. Matt is backstage with a puppy that resembles the dog that Jeff lost when his house burned down. I hope Matt was smart enough to get the Jack Russell Terrier from his local Jack Russell Terrier Rescue group. Matt delivers a speech about his brother being a selfish child.

Rey Mysterio and we go to commercial break

vs. Chavo Guerrero

We are reminded that Mysterio will face JBL for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania 25. The ref calls for the bell and the match begins with wrestling but Chavo ends up going through the ropes to the floor and then Rey baseball slides himself out to take down Guerrero with a flying head scissors. Chavo delivers a hurricanrana off the top turnbuckle, covers and gets two. Guerrero has Mysterio in the tree of woe, Chavo charges, Rey gets out of the way and Guerrero nails the corner post. Face plant by Guerrero, cover and gets two. Mysterio misses the 619 as Chavo gets out of the way and Guerrero delivers two of the three amigos, a back suplex, climbs to the top but misses the frog splash as Rey rolls out of the way. Myterio nails the 619, flying frog splash off the top, covers and gets the three.

Winner: Rey Mysterio via pinfall

This was the best match of the night so far. It was nice to see to workers battle each other in the ring. After the match, John Bradshaw Layfield appears to lay out Mysterio. John Cena reads a poem to Vickie Guerrero about “The Rated R Superstar” Edge and Big Show and we go to commercial break.

Jake Ziegler picks up the action on Tuesday night with Pulse Wrestling’s ECW Real-Time Coverage!

John Cena enters the ring to talk to the audience about Wrestlemania in Houston, Texas. After declaring that he would win the title in his match against Edge and Big Show, Big Show comes to the ring to dispute his claim and to challenge Cena to a match on Monday night Raw which John accepts. As Show starts out of the ring, Cena grabs his leg and sends him to the floor the hard way. Jim Ross introduces a video clip of what happened Monday night on Raw between Orton, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and we go to commercial break.

R-Truth vs. Matt Hardy

The referee calls for the bell and Matt is planning on making this a beat down versus a wrestling match. Hardy works to build his new heel image but Truth keeps the match flowing. R-Truth misses an ax kick, Matt delivers the Twist of Fate, covers and gets three.

Winner: Matt Hardy

This was not a bad match but it was too short and most of the commentating during the match focused on the Hardy brothers’ feud. JR introduces a video of Undertaker and “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels on Monday night Raw with Michaels appearing in a cemetery. HBK says he will break Taker’s winning streak at Wrestlemania.

Six Person Mixed Tag Team Match: Brie Bella and Primo and Carlito and we go to commercial break.

Nikki Bella, John Morrison and The Miz

Primo and Miz begin the match, Morrison gets the tag and Primo manages to tag in Carlito. John and Miz attempt to double team Carlito but it backfires and Primo comes in to help. The two girls get into it, Carlito catches Morrison in a backstabber, covers and gets the three.

Winners: Carlito, Primo and Brie Bella via pinfall.

Nice match, too short for anyone to do very much in the ring. Carlito and Primo are looking very good as a tag team and it would be nice to see them become the “Unified” Tag Team champions and we go to commercial break.

Kid Rock will perform at Wrestlemania 25. Jeff Hardy is backstage and he has some nice ink! He is addressing his brother, Matt. He says Matt is right, they are not brothers. And there will be slight delay in publication of this report as the Word Press site appears to be down. Ross introduces “Orton’s law” and again we see the match from Monday night Raw and we go to commercial break.

Diva’s Championship Match: Maryse © vs. Michelle McCool

:Furing the match, Gail Kim appears to take out both women in the ring. She grabs the belt and holds it up over her head.

Winner: No one.

It is nice to see Gail Kim back but I am surprised she is involved with the Diva’s Championship versus the Women’s Championship. We see another video of the John Cena movie, 12 Rounds. Ross informs us we will see Shawn Michaels Tribute to the Undertaker and we go to commercial break.

“Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, dressed in an outfit like Undertaker’s but all in white, along with fake smoke, comes to the ring, takes off his hat and smiles at the fans. Chants of HBK begin and then Michaels begins his “tribute” to Taker. Michaels says that The Dead Man walks in the shadows while Shawn thrives in the spotlight. His parody is similar to the Lord’s Prayer for those non-religious persons watching. More fake smoke and then HBK’s entrance theme begins so that he can strip out of his outfit but Taker comes through the mat and has Michaels by the leg. The Dead Man goes for the choke slam but Shawn makes it over the top rope and heads up the entrance ramp as Taker draws his thumb across his throat. Tazz informs us that HBK has gotten into Undertaker’s head. Wrestlemania 25 is one week from this Sunday!+

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

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ECW Format Change? http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/24/ecw-format-change/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/24/ecw-format-change/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2009 00:11:01 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=84300 Kevin Dunn, the executive VP of marketing for WWE, was recently interviewed by Variety magazine, which did a huge special report on WrestleMania 25 this week.  In the article he discusses the strengths of WWE television ratings and the appeal these ratings have for cable networks.

Within the artice Dunn mentions an upcoming change to the ECW brand:

“For example, Dunn says WWE is working closely with marketing, development and creative execs at Sci Fi to develop a rebranding plan for ECW.”

What this will mean for ECW is unknown at this time.  The Sci Fi channel recently announced its own rebranding and the channel will soon be known as “syfy”.

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-time Smackdown Report for 03/13/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/13/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-for-03132009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/13/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-for-03132009/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:51:26 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=83894 It’s Friday the 13th! To avoid black cats and Jason, we highly recommend closing the blinds, locking the doors, and settling back to follow along with us for two full hours of Smackdown action as we continue down the road to Wrestlemania 25…

The show opens with a replay of the contract signing between Edge and Big Show last week that never happened due to interference by John Cena. Cena was looking for a title shot at WrestleMania and to ensure he was heard, he showed the world video footage of Vickie and Big Show.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV and our ringside announcers are Jim Ross and Tazz.

“The Rated R Superstar” Edge, WWE World Heavyweight Champion vs. Kofi Kingston

Edge cost Kingston his place in the Elimination Chamber match. The match begins with some good wrestling skills on the part of both workers. Kofi delivers a high dropkick, covers and gets two. A frustrated Edge rolls outside and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Edge takes Kofi down and we see how The Rated R Superstar took over the match during the commercial break. Edge covers and gets two. Edge again covers and gets two. Edge goes up to the top but Kingston sweeps his leg and delivers a boot to the gut and a kick that sends The Rated R Superstar to the floor. Kofi goes over the top and takes Edge to the floor with a cross body block. Back in the ring, Kofi delivers a leg drop, a splash, covers and gets two. Kingston delivers a hurricanrana, covers and gets two but Edge sends Kofi out to the floor. Kingston sends Edge head first into the steel steps outside the ring. Back in the ring, Kingston delivers a cross body block and covers for two. The Rated R Superstar delivers a boot to the face, misses a spear, Kingston rolls Edge up and gets two. Edge blocks Kofi’s high kick, applies the sharp shooter and Kingston taps out.

Winner: Edge via tapout.

I take back everything I said about Edge’s lack of wrestling ability since his return. This was a great match. Kofi is always good but Edge certainly showed us he hasn’t lost his ability to work. We go to commercial break.

Tag Team Match: John Morrison and The Miz vs. Carlito and Primo

Morrison and Carlito begin the match with Carlito running all over Morrison. John backs Carlito up into the corner and does a little pounding but Carlito delivers a knee to the face and covers for one. Primo gets the tag and Morrison tags in Miz. Primo covers for one. Primo and Carlito both dive off the top rope and take down Miz. John gets the tag, covers Carlito who is now the legal man in the ring, and gets two. Carlito tags in Primo. Primo goes for the cover and gets two. Primo delivers a head butt off the top, sends Miz out to the floor when he runs in, tags in Carlito. Morrison delivers a corkscrew neck breaker as Primo and Miz get involved and end up outside, and gets the win.

Winners: John Morrison and The Miz via pinfall.

The match was good but the after match, with the Brie twins leaving this week with Morrison and Miz has already worn thin. We see a video of Triple H breaking into Randy Orton’s house Monday night and then we go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall has you covered on Monday night with Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report!

We see a video of Randy Orton in St. Louis, Missouri which I am guessing was not Orton’s home and with Orton’s wife, which I believe is not really Orton’s wife, and then we see a recap of all of the things Orton has done which culminated in HHH going after Orton at whatever house he was in, throwing Orton through a window and getting himself arrested. All of this happened on Monday Night Raw this past week. And we go to commercial break as R-Truth is entering the arena.

Tag Team Match: R-Truth and M.V.P. vs. Chavo Guerrero and “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin

Chavo and Truth begin the match as the bell rings. Guerrero catches a boot to the face, but kicks out at two. Porter gets the tag and face plants Chavo on the mat, goes for a cover and gets two. R-Truth gets the tag, delivers a suplex, but Guerrero takes Truth down and tries to tag in Benjamin, who refuses the tag. Shelton then tags himself in as Chavo drives Truth into the corner. Benjamin goes for the cover and gets two. Chavo gets the tag and goes for a cover but Truth kicks out. Guerrero tags in Sheton and he continues the beat down of R-Truth. Montel is a one man cheering section on the outside until he gets the tag, delivers an overhead throw, covers and gets two. MVP covers again and gets two. Porter delivers a face buster and gets the crowd into the match, delivers an elbow, covers and gets two. Guerrero tries to get involved and Porter helps him in. Truth gets involved, he ends up on the floor, Montel sends Chavo over the top rope and Shelton hits the Pay Dirt, covers and gets three.

Winners: Shelton Benjamin and Chavo Guerrero via pinfall.

R-Truth is not my favorite WWE worker but he held it together in this match. MVP, Benjamin and Guerrero did their usual great work in the ring. The match wasn’t long enough, but it was worth watching and we go to commercial break.

Kevin Innarelli picks up the action on Tuesday night with Pulse Wrestling’s ECW Real-Time Coverage!

WWE Smack of the Week: MITB Qualifying Match: Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin with Matt Hardy interfering and costing Jeff a spot in the Money in the Bank match at Wrestlemania 25. Now Matt comes out to explain his actions. Matt directs his speech to Jeff and he brings up the fire at Jeff’s house and the loss of personal property and Jack, Jeff’s companion animal. Matt pulls a piece of a dog collar out of his pocket and he says that he found it the day after the fire. He says he wants to give it to Jeff as a token of his love. Jeff enters the ring and says that he knows Matt was behind all of the bad things that have happened and that he knows Matt hates him and then attacks Matt. Matt rolls out of the ring and begs Jeff not to fight him. Jeff stays in the ring and Matt heads up the entrance ramp, puts a wicked grin on his face and exits. These boys need some serious family counseling and we go to commercial break.

Diva’s Tag Team Match: Maryse, Diva’s Champion, and Michelle McCool vs. Maria and Melina. WWE Women’s Champion

McCool and Maria begin the match with Michelle attempting a beat down of Maria. Melina and Maryse are tagged in and Melina goes for a cover getting one. Maryse tries to get a tag but McCool avoids the tag. Melina delivers a roll up and gets three.

Winners: Melina and Maria via pinfall.

The match was mercifully short. After the match, McCool goes after Maryse and this time the referee actually breaks up the battle. Edge is backstage with Chavo complaining about his humiliation last week and the triple threat match for his title at Wrestlemania. Guerrero indicates that he has been talking to Vickie and Edge goes after Chavo declaring that no one is going to take his championship and we go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall covers TNA action with Total Nonstop Action Weekly!

MITB Qualifying Match: Finlay with Hornswoggle vs. “The” Brian Kendrick with Ezekiel Jackson

Before the bell rings, Jackson delivers a right fist to Finlay. The ref sends Zeke outside the ring and checks on Finlay. The bell rings, Finlay picks up and bodyslams Kendrick, glaring at Jackson. Brian rolls out to the apron, comes back in and slaps Finlay, then runs to hide behind Zeke. As Finlay’s attention is drawn to Jackson, Brian comes off the apron and takes down Finlay. Back in the ring, TBK comes off the top with a missile drop kick and covers getting two. Kendrick misses an elbow drop, Finlay beats on Brian outside and dares Jackson to intervene. Finlay catches a boot to the face as he is again distracted, but Finlay delivers the Celtic Cross, covers and gets the three.

Winner: Finlay, who will be going to MITB in the final available spot.

The match was too short and I am unsure why WWE continues to use TBK in small worthless matches. This man has a lot of talent. Finlay was his usual entertaining self. The MITB entrants are Finlay, Kane, CM Punk, Mark Henry, M.V.P. Shelton Benjamin, Christian, and Kofi Kingston. We go to commercial break.

Promo of “12 Rounds” starring John Cena. JR and Tazz give us a rundown of the events scheduled for Wrestlemania 25.

Main Event: The Undertaker and we go to commercial break.

WWE Rewind: The match two weeks ago between Taker and Kozlov, with The Moscow Mauler getting the win.

vs. “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov

This match is going to be a brawl and that is how it begins, in and out of the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Taker delivers a leg drop to The Moscow Mauler on the ring apron. We see what happened during commercial break and then go back to real time with The Dead Man delivering punishment in the corner, including a choke that the ref makes him break. Kozlov is wobbly, but he comes back with a few fists and then slings Taker into the corner only to catch a boot. Vlad catches Undertaker in a power slam and covers for two. The Moscow Mauler has the upper hand as he delivers fists and kicks to a weakened Taker. The ref backs Kozlov up and The Dead Man takes advantage, but Vladimir comes back and goes for a cover, getting two. Taker comes back but gets dropped with a clothesline, covers and gets one. Vlad applies a headlock and The Dead Man tries to get back to his feet. Undertaker breaks free and we have a boxing match without benefit of boxing gloves. Taker delivers a clothesline in the corner, applies snake eyes but Kozlov delivers a battering ram to counter. Both men are back to their feet, Undertaker drops Vlad with a clothesline, goes old school and delivers, then sets up for the choke slam. The Dead Man delivers the choke slam, draws his thumb across his throat, and delivers a Tombstone piledriver, covers and gets three.

Winner: The Undertaker via pinfall.

This was worthy of a televised main event match. Taker and Vlad work well against each other in the ring and they don’t pull any punches.

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-time Smackdown Report 03/06/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/06/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-03062009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/03/06/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-03062009/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2009 00:51:01 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=83599 Welcome back to our Friday Night Smackdown Report! Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put up your feet and follow us for two full hours of Smackdown action! Muchas gracias Sr. Marshall for filling in for me last week…

The show opens with a recap of last week’s title match between John Cena and “The Rated R Superstar” Edge ©. Edge used the title belt as a weapon and Cena won via disqualification ensuring that Edge retained the title. Vickie Guerrero then announced that the new Number One Contender for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 25 will be Big Show. Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV and our ringside announcers are Jim Ross and Tazz.

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING

The Undertaker enters the ring to a boisterous ovation from the live audience. He has a mic…dead Man talking. Taker is angry that his peers are attempting to break his winning streak at Wrestlemania, specifically “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and Undertaker accepts Mr. Wrestlemania HBK’s challenge for Wrestlemania 25. We see a video of Michaels at various Wrestlemanias. The Dead Man reminds us that he remains undefeated at 16 consecutive Wreslemanias and he will win the match against Shawn on April 25. His final words for HBK were “Sometimes it is hell trying to get to heaven.”

We see a video of the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant match from a previous Wrestlemania 3. Smackdown General Manager, VickieGuerro, is on her cell phone but is interrupted by Jeff Hardy. Jeff wants to be in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match and not face his brother, Matt Hardy.

Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Matt Hardy vs. M.V.P.

Matt has the mic to complain about Jeff not wanting to face him in a match but if he and his brother both win their MITB qualifying matches, he will have to face Matt in the ring at Wrestlemania. The fans jeered Matt on his way to the ring, but Porter got a nice ovation during his entrance. Montel goes for a quick roll up, but Hardy kicks out. Matt gets to the ropes and MVP is forced to break his waist lock hold. Back in the center of the ring, Hardy delivers a fist to the jaw and a clothesline in the corner, but Porter catches him in a drop toe hold and we go to commercial break.

Back to the match, Matt has MVP down on the canvas, Montel tries to get back to his feet but is taken back down to the mat. Porter makes it back to his feet, catches an elbow from Hardy and Matt uses the ropes until the referee breaks it up. The audience breaks into chants of “MVP” and Porter goes for a cover, getting two. Porter comes off the ropes and takes down Hardy again, getting two. Montel delivers a face breaker, comes off the ropes and drops an elbow, covers and gets two. Matt delivers the side effect and waits for MVP to get back to his feet, Hardy goes for the twist of fate, Porter counters with a bridge and gets the three and the win.

Winner: M.V.P. who qualifies for the MITB Match at Wrestlemania.

I enjoy watching both of these workers in the ring. The match was a little slow and I could have done without the commercial break in the middle of the match but it was a decent opening match for the show. We go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall has you covered on Monday night with Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report!

The World Tag Team Titles, current champions, John Morrison and Miz, will be on the line next week when they face Primo and Carlito. Michelle McCool is at the announcer’s table to watch the next match and we see the WWE Rewind which was the diva’s match on Monday night Raw.

Marsye, Diva’s Champion vs. and we go to commercial break.

Eve Torres

JR reminds us that this is Eve’s third match. A slight squabble, Maryse delivers the DDT and gets the three.

Winner: Maryse with a DDT.

Diva’s matches never keep my attention and this one was no different. McCool’s commentary was just as bad as the match. After the match, Melina runs to the ring to beat up Maryse and gets blindsided by Michelle and we go to commercial break.

Kevin Innarelli picks up the action on Tuesday night with Pulse Wrestling’s ECW Real-Time Coverage!

AC/DC’s “Shoot To Thrill” is the official theme song of Wrestlemania. Smackdown GM, Vickie Guerrero, is in the ring for the WWE Championship match at Wrestlemania. I can’t hear what she is saying over boos from the audience. Edge appears and heads to the ring, cutting off whatever she was saying, takes the mic and says he is not going to sign the contract and he wants to know what the deal is between her and Big Show. She says the relationship between her and Show is professional but The Rated R Superstar seems to disagree with her because while he was away the Big Show “took care of her”. Edge wants to know why she chose Big Show to face him and Show makes his way to the ring where he takes a mic and tells the GM it is time Edge learned the truth. Big Show says that the truth is that Edge is not a good champion, he takes shortcuts and survives by the skin of his teeth every time while Show is the largest athlete on the planet, he is worthy of being called World Heavyweight Champion. He says what is going on between him and Vickie is strictly business and she knows that Show will be a better champion than Edge and Big Show signs the contract. Edge apologizes to Vickie and tells Show that he is an eight-time world champion and Show will not dominate him. Edge says that is why Vickie chose Show, because she knew that Edge would defeat him in any match and he is more of a man than Show will ever be. The Rated R Superstar starts to sign the contract and John Cena makes his way to the ring, delivers a low blow to Show, hits him with the title belt, nails Edge, grabs the table and smacks Edge, leaving Guerrero the only other person standing. Cena throws his hat into the crowd, goes over to Vickie, whispers something in her ear that leaves her shaken and then leaves the ring, smiling on his way back up the entrance ramp and we go to commercial break.

WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 Inductees announced to date: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Jr., “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. The latest inductee is “Cowboy” Bill Watts who will be inducted by Jim Ross.

Edge is backstage with Vickie who is still very upset and she tells Edge that next week on Raw they will finish the contract signing and then she bursts into tears. The Rated R Superstar takes his title belt and leaves and we go to commercial break.

We see a video of parts of “Wrestlemania Goes Hollywood” 21 in 2005, which is the only Wrestlemania DVD I own. Edge won the MITB match that year.

Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Jeff Hardy vs. “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin, WWE United States Champion

The ref signals for the bell and Benjamin goes for an early cover but Hardy kicks out. Shelton tries for a bridge pin but Jeff again kicks out at one but The Gold Standard delivers a suplex and covers for a one. Jeff comes back but comes off the ropes and misses as Shelton ducks to the mat, sending Hardy outside. The battle moves outside the ring and Jeff sends Shelton into the guardrail before hurling himself into Benjamin and the ref starts a count and we go to commercial break.

Back to the ring, Benjamin has Hardy down on the mat and we see how Shelton countered Jeff and sent him into the turnbuckle. In real time, Shelton delivers a backbreaker and covers for two. The Gold Standard delivers another backbreaker and continues to work on Jeff’s spine. Chants of “Hardy” erupt from the live audience. Benjamin uses the ropes to deliver more damage to Hardy’s back, but Jeff sends Sheton over the top rope. Shelton lands on the ring apron and the match moves back inside the ring. Jeff delivers a short drop kick, Matt appears, faces off with Jeff in the center of the ring, kicks Benjamin and gets Jeff disqualified.

Winner: “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin via disqualification.

The ending of this match was not a surprise but it was fun while it lasted. CM Punk, The Big Red Machine, “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry and M.V.P. have already qualified for the MITB match at Wrestlemania 25 and we go to commercial break.

Daniel Douglas takes care of Thursday night with TNA iMPACT! Real-Time Coverage!

”The Game” Triple H, WWE Champion vs. and we go to commercial break.

Umaga

The bell rings and Umaga is taking a beating from Trips. Umaga turns the tables on The Game but gets caught with a face breaker. HHH comes off the ropes and Umaga nails him in the throat, but as Umaga charges, Trips pulls down the top rope and sends him over to the floor.

Winner: I have no idea but it would obviously be a disqualification.

Orton, Rhodes and DiBiase circle the ring, with Cody and Ted coming into the ring, then Randy Orton but The Game is outnumbered although he does gets his hands on Orton. The battle moves out to the floor with Trips getting the best of Orton and taking him over the announcer’s table before Rhodes and DiBiase make the save. The action moves back into the ring with the three on one assault. HHH is cornered but he dives on Orton anyway before being attacked by the other members of Legacy. Chants of “HHH” erupt from the crowd as Trips gets beaten in the corner. The beat down of The Game lasts longer than any of the matches we have seen tonight and there has been no commercial break. Orton continually kicks Trips in the head, which is a tremendous show of Orton’s wrestling ability and chants of “Randy sucks” erupt from the live audience. We get a full sixty seconds or so of Orton wandering around the ring looking evil and sweating considerably and trying to decide whether to leave the ring or stay. HHH crawls across the ring toward Randy and Orton does get out of the ring and that’s all folks!

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night (unless the marvelous Paul Marshall covers for me) for the live Smackdown Report!

Merri’s Mom had surgery today after a diagnosis of cancer. It will be a long road to recovery. Some things can never be replaced and a loving Mother is one of those things. We are sending all of the healing vibes we can and our thoughts are with you, HB, Flower, Ginger and Dean

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ECW Ratings Are In http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/27/ecw-ratings-are-in/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/27/ecw-ratings-are-in/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2009 20:24:19 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=83288 Jason Powell of ProWrestling.net has the latest ECW ratings.

Tuesday’s episode of ECW, airing February 24, had a 1.3 rating.  The good news is that while the actual rating doesn’t show the increase, number of viewers increased from 1.7 million last week to 1, 891, 000 this week.  The increase in viewers is thought to be the result of Christian’s return.

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-time Smackdown Report 02/20/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/20/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-02202009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/20/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-smackdown-report-02202009/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2009 00:49:33 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82982 Welcome back! It’s once again Friday and time to unwind from that exhausting work week with two hours of Smackdown action! Will Jeff Hardy face off with his brother Matt? Will Triple H be ready to do a little talking about Randy Orton after what happened on Raw this week? We’ll bring you the answer to those questions and more…

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

We see a video repeat of No Way Out with Triple H wining the WWE Championship and “The Rated R Superstar” Edge winning the WWE Heavyweight Championship after he took entrant Kofi Kingston out with a steel chair prior to the Elimination Chamber match.

Smackdown is brought to us on MyNetworkTV and our ringside announcers are Jim Ross and Tazz.

Edge comes to the ring with his new title belt to remind everyone that he is the first wrestler to compete in two Elimination Chamber matches in one night and is now an eight time World Heavyweight Champion but Jeff Hardy makes an entrance, complete in extreme makeup. For those of you who did not see Elimination Chamber match with Jeff Hardy, Jeff did a fantastic job. Hardy says that Edge gets special treatment because he is married to their pitiful excuse of a General Manager. Edge complains that he has already heard all of this from John Cena on Monday night but Jeff says he is challenging Edge for his title tonight. Edge says he is not going to compete against Hardy tonight but Hardy says that he could talk to Edge’s wife because she wears the pants in the family. Edge attacks, Jeff delivers the Twist of Fate and rolls out of the ring.

JR has an interview coming up tonight with HHH after what happened on Monday Night Raw. We see a video replay of what happened on Monday night. If you missed it, Orton kicked Shane McMahon in the head and then delivered an RKO to Stephanie McMahon when she came to Shane’s aid. Trips charged to the ring to help Stephanie and it appears that Randy is now on the HHH’s hit list and we go to commercial break.

Kizarny is backstage with Vickie but Edge runs him off to complain about what Jeff Hardy said to him in the ring. Edge says he is facing Jeff tonight but Vickie says it will not be a championship match.

Tag Team Match: Michelle McCool and Maryse, Diva’s Champion vs. Eve Torres and Maria.

McCool and Maria face off as the referee calls for the bell. Maryse enters the ring to help out her tag team partner before being sent out by the ref and Michelle sends Maria through the ropes so that Maryse can deliver a few kicks. Back in the ring, Maria delivers a roll up but McCool kicks out, McCool covers and gets two. Maryse gets the tag, covers and gets two. Eve gets the tag, delivers a suplex, covers and gets two. McCool gets involved behind the ref’s back, Maryse sends Maria off the apron, covers Torres and gets three.

Winners: Maryse via pinfall and Michelle McCool.

It was a diva’s match. There isn’t anything else to say. JR says that the Bella Twins date with John Morrison and Miz date highlights are coming up and we go to commercial break.

Mr. Marshall was away this Monday night, but yours truly had the honor of covering Raw with Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report!

WWE Smack of the Night: The match between Miz and Morrison and Carlito and Primo, which lead to the Bella Twins going on a date with Morrison and Miz. We then see “highlights” of the ensuing date. Primo and Carlito are backstage in the kitchen during the date in order to make a mess out of it. They get discovered and throw pies, but hit the girls instead.

Tag Team Match: ”The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin, US Champion and we go to commercial break.

and Chavo Guerrero vs. R-Truth and M.V.P.

Truth comes through the crowd and is attacked before he can get over the guardrail but Porter charges to the ring to help out his partner. Three refs appear to break it up and we go to commercial break. Again.

Back to the action, Montel and Shelton are in the ring with MVP going for a cover and getting two. Guerrero gets the tag and it appears that Porter is working a handicap match since R-Truth is nowhere in sight. Montel goes for a cover and gets two, delivers a face breaker, comes off the ropes with an elbow drop, covers and Benjamin is in to break it up. Porter knocks Shelton to the floor, but Shelton grabs Chavo and moves him out of the way, causing MVP to hit the turnbuckle. The Gold Standard gets the tag, delivers a suplex and covers for two. Chavo tags himself in and goes after MVP, covering for two. Guerrero delivers the Three Amigo, Benjamin tags himself into the match, Chavo goes after Shelton, delivers a frog splash off the top but the ref runs Chavo out of the ring. While Benjamin is distracted by Guerrero outside the ring, Porter hits the Drive By and gets the three.

Winner: M.V.P. with a Drive By.

All three of the wrestlers in this match are very good and the match was a fast paced surprise ending. We go to commercial break.

Ross introduces the interview he is having with HHH that took place earlier today and we see another video replay of Randy Orton’s actions leading up to the reason for the interview. During the interview, Trips says that Orton has been walking a fine line lately but on Raw when he put his hands on Stephanie McMahon. HHH does say that Vince McMahon Trips’ father in law, Shane is his brother in law and Stephanie is his wife. Triple H says Orton has crossed the line, rips of the mic and walks away and we go to commercial break.

Kevin Innarelli picks up the action on Tuesday night with Pulse Wrestling’s ECW Real-Time Coverage!

Umaga vs. Scotty Goldman

Umaga attacks before the bell rings, but the ref calls for the bell immediately. Goldman comes off the second rope and catches a foot. Umaga drags him to the corner, charges and catches Scotty in the face, delivers the Samoan spike, covers and gets three.

Winner: Umaga with the Samoan Spike.

A mercifully short match,which is what Umaga’s matches have been since his return. For those of you who have not heard, it was announced today that Scott Goldman has been released by WWE. We are reminded that April 5, 2009 is the day WrestleMania 25 debuts and we go to commercial break.

WWE Smack of the Week: John Bradshaw Layfield and “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels argue about who will face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25. JBL and HBK are to face each other next week on Raw and the winner of that match will challenge Taker at WrestleMania.

Smackdown General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, is in the ring to make an important announcement. She says that JBL and HBK will not get a chance to face The Undertaker since he is on Smackdown, not Raw. The person who will face Taker is “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov. Next week Vlad will face The Undertaker in a match and he takes the mic to tell Michaels and Layfield they are not undefeated as he is. Kozlov says he will go to Raw and destroy HBK and JBL and then defeat The Dead Man next week on Smackdown and we go to commercial break.

Daniel Douglas takes care of Thursday night with TNA iMPACT! Real-Time Coverage!

There is a film clip of Gail Kim with the WWE logo in the corner of the screen. I assume that means Kim is on her way to one of the WWE brands.

Main Event: “The Rated R Superstar” Edge, WWE Heavyweight Champion and we go to commercial break.

vs. Jeff Hardy

The ref calls for the bell and Edge charges at Jeff, only to get taken down to the canvas. Edge is back to his feet, pounding on Hardy but he gets caught by an arm drag. Edge backs Hardy into the corner but doesn’t break clean. Jeff drops Edge on his face, then takes him down with an arm drag. Edge is back to his feet and using his fists but Hardy takes him down on the ring apron, delivers a baseball slide and the match moves outside. Edge’s face meets the top of the guardrail and Jeff rolls Edge back into the ring. Hardy is holding his ribs, Both men are down in the ring and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Edge is on his feet working on Jeff. Edge goes for the cover and gets two. Hardy is back to his feet but gets knocked back down to the mat with the ref backing Edge up giving him a talking to. Edge delivers a neck breaker, covers and gets two. Edge backs up into the corner but delivers a knee to the back and then goes after the head and neck of Jeff. The fans are trying to will Hardy back into the match but Hardy ends up on the floor in front of the announcer’s table as he comes off the ropes and Edge gets out of the way. Jeff is back to his feet and rolls back in with Edge delivering stomps. Edge drops an elbow, covers and gets two. Edge climbs to the top but Hardy knocks him to the floor and then comes out after him, taking them both down to the floor. Jeff is back to his feet, rolls Edge back in, tries for a roll up, gets it and the ref counts two before Edge kicks out. They deliver a double clothesline and with both men down, the ref starts the count. Edge gets a cover, puts his feet on the ropes, gets caught, Jeff takes advantage of the distraction and goes for a roll up for two. Hardy delivers a Whisper in the Wind, covers and gets two. Jeff takes Edge down with clotheslines and an inverted atomic drop, short drop kick, covers and gets two. Jeff is back to his feet, comes off the ropes and Edge delivers a boot to the face. Both men are down. Edge gets up limping, Jeff catches Edge on the top ropes, delivers a leg drop, covers and gets two before the ref notices Edge’s foot on the ropes. Hardy misses the Twist of Fate, and gets dropped to the canvas. Edge covers and gets two. Edge pulls himself up in the corner and waits for Jeff to get to his feet. Edge charges for the spear but Hardy catches him in a roll up. Edge kicks out. Hardy delivers the Twist of Fate and the Swanton bomb, but Matt Hardy appears in the ring to drop Jeff and the ref calls for the bell.

Winner: Jeff Hardy via disqualification.

This was a great match and the ending was predictable. Matt grabs a mic and stands over Jeff to tell him that next week they will have a match one on one. Edge is still in the ring after Matt leaves and as Jeff gets to his feet, Edge catches him with a spear.

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

Rey Guepardo is still out of action but had what I understand was successful surgery to repair his hip this week…WOOHOO! It will be a long road to recovery and just as I said last week (and because I know the translation is correct): To my amigo, Rey: Por favor recuperate pronto. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están contigo!

Haven’t read the latest on Pulse? Here’s a heads up on one of the best reads this week:

Vinny delves into the alternative side of Valentine’s Day in Alternate Reality by Vin Tastic – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre!

John Wiswell keeps us posted on the goings on at Ring of Honor with Cult of ROH: Plus Flair & Nakajima, Minus Prazak, DG & Music!

Mark Allen’s all about the love with Historically Speaking: Romance…Pro Wrestling Style!

Paul Marshall recovered in time to take on Total Nonstop Weekly!

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The Rock says, “I retired five years ago.”  He goes on to say that he appreciated his time in WWE and the exposure they gave him.  The rest of the article is about his new movie.

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Jerry Lawler Interview, Tells Vince McMahon’s Reaction to Chris Jericho http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/19/jerry-lawler-interview-tells-vince-mcmahons-reaction-to-chris-jericho/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/19/jerry-lawler-interview-tells-vince-mcmahons-reaction-to-chris-jericho/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2009 17:58:09 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82913 Jerry Lawler was recently interviewed by UK paper, The Sun.  Lawler discusses his time with WWE, whether he prefers to work with Jim Ross or Michael Cole, and Mick Foley’s time as Smackdown announcer.

He also tells what Vince McMahon’s reaction was to the recent Chris Jericho incident with a fan:

“Vince and I were talking and Jericho walked by and he said: “Watch out! Jericho will hit you! He’ll knock you right down!”  Then he adds: “Especially if you’re a girl!”   We used to be able to get the fans so riled up that they literally wanted to physically attack you after the matches.  That hasn’t happened in a long time, so it’s almost like hats off to Chris Jericho – for doing his job.”

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real Time Monday Night Raw Report 02/16/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/16/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-monday-night-raw-report-02162009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/16/pulse-wrestlings-real-time-monday-night-raw-report-02162009/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2009 01:50:32 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82789 It is President’s Day in the USA! For those of you who had the day off, ease into tomorrow’s work day and for those of you who had to go to work, grab a drink, a seat, and unwind with two hours of Raw action as we cover the backlash from yesterday’s No Way Out…

Your regular host, Paul Marshall, is out of action today and your Friday Night Smackdown host is filling in. Get well, soon, Mr. Marshall!

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Raw is being brought to us from Spokane, WA on the USA Network and our ringside announcers are Michael Cole and Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Smackdown’s General Manager, Vickie Guerrero, opens the show tonight to introduce the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, “The Rated R Superstar” Edge and they get the same jeers from the Raw audience as they get from the Smackdown audience. Edge compares himself to Jesus. I don’t think that is going to go over well with religious leaders. According to Vickie, the reason Edge was allowed into the second Elimination Chamber match because Stephanie went to the hospital with Shane and Vickie was left in charge. John Cena, who lost the title, may have something to say about what happened last night, as his music is heard and he makes his way to the ring. Cena congratulates Edge for winning the title and points out to the audience that Edge won the title fair and square but calls his favorite “R” word…rematch. Edge says he competed in two elimination chamber matches last night, he won’t be defending the title tonight and he and Vickie are going back to Smackdown. The two exchange words and John grabs the Rated R Superstar by the shirt to tell him if Edge tries to hide, he will find him. If Edge tries to run, he will catch him and he will hurt him. Shane McMahon is backstage and he calls Randy Orton out tonight and we go to commercial break.

Six Man Tag Team Match: Shad and JTG, Cryme Tyme, and CM Punk, Intercontinental Champion vs. William Regal with Layla and Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes, Simply Priceless

The referee calls for the bell and Punk and Rhodes lock up in the ring. The fans are hot for Punk and we have a shoving match, Cody slaps Punk, Punk kicks Rhodes, delivers the GTS, Regal breaks up the pin and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Dibiase and Punk are in the ring, Punk knocks William off the apron, Ted tosses Punk out and Regal slams his head into the ring before rolling him back in. Dibiase tags in William who goes for a cover, getting two. The audience chants “CM Punk” as Punk struggles to get back to his feet. Regal tags in Cody who delivers a kick and then stomps on Punk, covers and gets two. Rhodes body slams Punk, delivers a knee to the head, covers and gets two. Ted gets the tag, delivers another kick to the head, covers and gets two. Cody gets the tag, a little double team action, and Punk manages to deliver a high kick to the head. Dibiase gets the tag but so does JTG before Punk gets sent over the top rope. JTG sends Regal to the floor, covers Ted, gets back to his feet to stop Rhodes who has entered the ring, Shad is in, Dibiase, covers JTG and gets three.

Winners: Dibiase, Rhodes and Regal via pinfall.

It was a nice fast paced match and CM Punk is always fun to watch. Stephanie is backstage trying to talk Shane out of meeting Orton but Shane wins the argument and we go to commercial break.

“Y2J” Chris Jericho is in the ring to tell everyone not to vote for Mickey Rourke for Best Actor because it will create problems for all of the old wrestlers who will suddenly decide to drag themselves out of retirement. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper enters the ring to a standing ovation from the crowd. Piper wants to know what happened to the entertaining Jericho and tells him to “please shut the hell up”. Roddy backs up his friend, Rourke, and backs up the movie “The Wrestler”. Rowdy says it is about respect and the physical and emotional pain and why wrestlers do what they do. He says as long as the fans want him, he will crawl on his hands and knees to the ring because old school is cool. He offers Chris his hand, but gets kicked in the knee and knocked to the mat. Jericho leaves Roddy down on the mat and walks out of the arena. Todd Grisham is backstage with Orton and asks him about Shane’s announcement earlier tonight. Randy says he has no problem facing Shane and his friends won’t be present tonight and we go to commercial break.

Jamie Noble is in the ring and tells the fans that Wrestlemania is a beautiful thing and everyone knows that the day after No Way Out is the road to Wrestlemania. Jamie wants to go to Wrestlemania and says when his moment comes, he will not fumble and he will not back down and Kane’s music begins.

Jamie Noble vs. “The Big Red Machine” Kane

The ref calls for the bell, Noble goes after Kane, Kane delivers a choke slam and gets three.

Winner: Kane with a choke slam.

Lawler said the match lasted sixteen seconds. I did not time it, but it was shorter than Noble’s speech prior to the match. Cole says that JBL will be making a historic announcement and we see JBL with a nice shiner heading toward the arena. We go to commercial break.

John Bradshaw Layfield enters the ring. For those of you who missed the pay per view, JBL lost to “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and HBK is no longer beholden to Layfield. JBL makes that announcement to the fans and tells them that he wrote Shawn a great big check last night and he is financially stable. John wants to do something historic at Wrestlemania. He wants to end The Undertaker’s 16-0 winning streak and he is going to defeat Taker this year at Wrestlemania. Michaels enters the arena to a standing ovation from the fans and makes his way to the ring. Shawn tells Layfield that he is looking at “Mr. Wrestlemania” and he is free at last from JBL. HBK wants to face The Undertaker at the next big event. We see Orton kick Vince, almost kick Stephanie and kick Shane and we go to commercial break.

Rey Mysterio vs. Mike Knox

If you missed Mysterio in the Elimination Chamber Match, he put on an awesome performance for the fans. I am surprised he is working tonight after the workout he had last night. The bell rings and Knox immediately starts pounding on Mysterio. Mike covers and gets two. Rey gets thrown through the ropes and to the floor and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, Mysterio is down on the mat, makes it to his feet and is down again. Knox covers and gets two. Mike misses a corner squash and Rey takes advantage but gets caught in a tilt a whirl backbreaker and kicks out at two. Knox slings Mysterio into the corner as the crowd calls for the 619. Mike applies a bear hug but Rey elbows his way out and delivers a bulldog and then a kick to the head, delivers the 619. Mysterio gets caught when he tries to springboard, Knox ties Mysterio up in the corner but Rey gets out of the way, delivers a roll up and gets three.

Winner: Rey Mysterio with a roll up.

Nice finish to what appeared to be a beat down of Mysterio. I hope Rey has a good massage therapist. He worked nearly as hard tonight as he did last night at the pay per view. Santino Marella is backstage with “The Glamazon” Beth Phonenix and Rosa and we go to commercial break.

WWE Women’s Championship Match: Melina © vs. “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix with Santino Marella and Rosa

For some reason, Beth appears to be upset with Santino and keeps slapping his arm away from her. The ref calls for the bell and Phoenix slams Melina into the corner and then to the mat, going for a quick cover getting one. Beth again covers and this time gets two. The Glamazon slings Melina off the ropes, covers and gets two. Melina goes for a bulldog but Beth turns it into a backbreaker, covers and gets two. Melina ends up on the floor and Phoenix distracts the ref but the women from the back come down to beat up Marella. Beth rolls Melina back in, Melina goes for a roll up and gets three.

Winner: Melina with a roll up.

Fortunately this match was short. Cole and Lawler remind the audience that “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is the first inductee in the Class of 2009 WWE Hall of Fame. The second and third inductees are Dory Funk, Jr. and Terry Funk. They will be inducted by Dusty Rhodes and we go to commercial break.

We see a replay of Edge and Cena at the beginning of tonight’s show and then we see Stephanie backstage on her cell phone and we go to commercial break.

Next week HBK will face JBL and the winner of that match will face The Undertaker at Wrestlemania.

Unsanctioned Match: Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton

Unless this show runs over the time limit, we have about 5 minutes of sanctioned time for this unsanctioned match. Shane gets tired of waiting for Randy to make his way to the ring so he goes out after him and the match is on the floor. Orton gets over the guardrail but Shane dives off the rail to take him down to the floor. McMahon slams Randy into a second guardrail, grabs a bottle of water, removes the cap and nails Orton in the head. Randy fights back, slamming Shane headfirst into the guardrail and they head back toward the ring with Orton sending McMahon over the guardrail to the floor. Shane meets the steel steps headfirst. Randy rolls McMahon back into the ring and spends a little time kicking him around before pounding on him again. Back out on the floor, Shane charges and sends Orton over the announcer’s table, pummels him with fists and beats on him with one of the announcer’s chairs. McMahon has the bell and he nails Randy in the head as Randy gets to his feet. Shane picks Orton up, and drags him back to the ring to roll him inside. McMahon sets Randy up in the corner, nails him in the back of the head with the bell and grabs a steel chair, which he sets across Orton’s face and then goes across to climb up to the top turnbuckle. Dibiase and Rhodes appear to knock Shane off the turnbuckle and beat on him in the middle of the ring. Cody delivers a neck breaker and Randy is back to his feet as the crowd shouts encouragement to Shane. Orton backs up his two buddies, then he backs up into the corner to deliver the kick to the head of McMahon. Stephanie is now in the ring checking on Shane, better late than never, a c-collar is called for, Orton doesn’t look sorry, Stephanie is back to her feet and is yelling at Randy and he delivers an RKO to Stephanie. Both McMahons are now down on the canvas and this time Randy looks a little confused but Triple H charges into the ring and the three head up the ramp. Nothing like having Trips mad at you, is there Randy? HHH does not look happy. I may actually enjoy what appears to be an up and coming feud.

Winner: Since it was an unsanctioned match with no referee, I am assuming that Orton wins since Shane can’t get back to his feet.

Thank you for joining us tonight! Mr. Marshall will be back next Monday to take over his regular duties! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for live reviews, news, and columns. Join me every Friday night for WWE’s Live Smackdown Report!

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Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Smackdown Report 02/13/2009 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/13/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-02132009/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/13/pulse-wrestling%e2%80%99s-real-time-smackdown-report-02132009/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2009 00:50:24 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82651 It is Friday the 13th! For those of you who are worried about being jinxed, there is no safer way to spend your evening than to follow along with us for the next two hours of Smackdown action!

THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!

Tonight on Smackdown, Jeff Hardy returns to deal with his brother, Matt.

Smackdown is brought to us from Fresno, CA on MyNetworkTV with Jim Ross and Tazz as our ringside announcers. The show open with “The Rated R Superstar” Edge, WWE Champion, and Smackdown General Manager, Vickie Guerrero. Edge is here to complain about Big Show and Vickie says Edge will not compete tonight because of what happened last week. Edge will compete at No Way Out and Big Show, who will be competing for the title, arrives. Edge yells at Show, Show tells Edge he is too stressed out and that he will have a lot to complain about after he loses his title. Show says he is going to smear Edge all over the cage this Sunday, Edge tells Vickie to do something, Show calls Edge a coward, and Vickie says Show will compete against “The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov, “The Game” Triple H and The Undertaker in a Fatal Four Way Match and we go to commercial break.

Smack of the Night: M.V.P. continues his winning streak by defeating “The Gold Standard” Shelton Benjamin last week on Smackdown.

Chavo Guerrero vs. M.V.P.

Porter appears to have his confidence back and he goes after Chavo has soon as the bell rings, going for an early pin and getting two. The match moves outside as Guerrero goes over the top rope with a cross body block. Back in the ring, Chavo goes for the cover getting two with the audience loudly chanting “M.V.P.”. Montel is holding on to his left arm after Guerrero does some damage but MVP works the crowd, delivers an elbow drop, and covers for two. Montel delivers the boot to the head but Benjamin is in the ring delivering the Paydirt to M.V.P. and the ref calls for the bell.

Winner: M.V.P. via disqualification.

Somehow, the run in was not surprising. After Shelton leaves the ring, Chavo delivers a frog splash off the top. I still like M.V.P.’s ring work and enjoyed the match right up until the run in. We see a video of the Elimination Chamber and we go to commercial break.

Paul Marshall’s got you covered on Monday nights with Pulse Wrestling’s Real-Time Raw Report!

The Undertaker appears on the monitor to talk about the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday at No Way Out and how he is going to handle his opponents saying that 6 men will enter and 5 will “rest in peace”.

Primo and Carlito are backstage with the Bella Twins. Someone sent the twins flowers and it wasn’t Primo and Carlito…it was John Morrison and The Miz. The twins decide whoever wins the match will go out with them tomorrow night and we go to commercial break.

Tag Team Match: John Morrison and The Miz, WWE World Tag Team Champions vs. Primo and Carlito, WWE Tag Team Champions, with the Bella Twins

The ref calls for the bell and Carlito faces Miz to begin the match. Carlito delivers clotheslines and a springboard dropkick before tagging in Primo who goes for a cover and gets two. Morrison gets the tag, Primo tries for a backslide getting one. Primo slaps John and takes him down in a side headlock but Morrison gets to his corner and tags in Miz. Carlito gets the tag. Morrison tries to interfere in the match and Carlito ends up on the floor but we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, John has Carlito down on the canvas but Carlito goes for a back slide and gets two. Morrison drags Carlito over to the wrong corner, tags in Miz and Carlito is in trouble. John tags himself in, and comes over the ropes to nail Carlito with an elbow. John goes for a pin, getting two. Miz gets the tag, Carlito gets double teamed and Miz goes to work on Carlito’s head and neck. Carlito fights off Morrison and Miz, but gets caught in a face plant by Miz. Carlito delivers a power bomb to Miz and crawls to his corner. Miz tags in Morrison as Carlito tags in Primo. Primo enters the ring and takes down Morrison and Miz, delivers a dropkick to Morrison, covers and gets two. Primo delivers a leg sweep and covers but Miz breaks it up. Carlito comes in to take out Miz, John takes out Carlito, Miz knocks Primo off the top, John delivers a corkscrew neck breaker and gets three.

Winners: John Morrison and Miz.

The matches between these four have become very predictable. A little switch up now and then would be nice and I don’t mean a switch up by who is dating the Bella Twins. A red car pulls up outside and Jeff Hardy heads toward the building, met by Jimmy Wang Yang and R-Truth, The Great Khali, Ranjin Singh, and Maria and we go to commercial break.

Kevin Innarelli picks up the action on Tuesday night with Pulse Wrestling’s ECW Real-Time Coverage!

Saliva’s “Hunt You Down” is the official theme song of No Way Out. We see a video of the Royal Rumble Match between Edge and Jeff Hardy with first Vickie interfering and then Matt Hardy taking out Jeff., allowing Edge to win the match. Jeff Hardy enters the arena to a standing ovation from the live audience. Jeff applauds for the fans and tells them that it has been a weird time for him lately and he feels like doing bad things to bad people. Hardy says that Matt is his big brother and they have always be a team but Matt isn’t doing that now. Jeff says he is moving on this Sunday to the Elimination Chamber and he will become the WWE Champion whether Matt likes it or not and he leaves the arena. We go to commercial break.

Ezekiel Jackson with “The” Brian Kendrick vs. R-Truth

Jackson is already in the ring when we return, but Truth is back to coming through the crowd to get to the ring instead of using the entrance ramp. We are reminded that R-Truth beat Kendrick last month and then got laid out by Zeke. The ref tells Brian to get out of the ring and calls for the bell. Truth immediately goes after Jackson but gets nailed as he comes off the ropes. Zeke delivers a body slam and covers for one but he applies a full nelson. Truth gets out of the hold but gets dropped face first to the mat. Jackson applies a waist lock with TBK yelling directions from the outside. Jackson catches an elbow and then boots to the face and R-Truth goes for a roll up, but Zeke kicks out. R-Truth again goes for a roll up and gets three.

Winner: R-Truth with a roll up.

This was not a bad match and I am starting to appreciate Jackson a little more in the ring. JR compares R-Truth to the Junkyard Dog but I don’t see any resemblance. Eve Torres is backstage with Maria about Michelle McCool. Maria says she is going to try to beat McCool tonight and we go to commercial break.

Diva’s Match: Michelle McCool vs. Maria

McCool continues her quest to wear the least amount of clothing possible to the ring. If Michelle pulls on Maria’s tights, she won’t be wearing any. Maybe the girls should just have an un-dress off? McCool goes after Maria’s knee and uses the steel steps to go after Maria’s ankle. I am confused as to what part of Maria’s leg McCool is going after right now. Maria delivers a kick to the head, goes for a roll up and gets one. Michelle kicks Maria’s knee and takes her down, then slams her into the corner. Eve comes running out to save Maria, but Michelle goes after Eve. Eve makes it into the ring, Maria goes for a roll up and gets the three.

Winner: Maria after interference from Torres.

For the record, having Eve in the ring should have been a disqualification, shouldn’t it? Do the divas matches have different rules? Todd Grisham is backstage with Triple H about tonight and the match coming up on Sunday. HHH is busy trying to sell his t-shirt, which has “Destroyer” in Latin on the back. Trips says he will win the Elimination Chamber Match, and we go to commercial break.

Daniel Douglas takes care of Thursday night with TNA iMPACT! Real-Time Coverage!

Raw Rebound: Randy Orton’s anger control issues, including kicking Vince and Shane McMahon and Orton’s match against Undertaker Monday night. Undertaker is winning, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase interfere, and it is Shane to the rescue. McMahon will face Orton this Sunday in a No Holds Barred match. HBK will face JBL in an All or Nothing match, Swagger will face Finlay for the ECW Championship. There will be Elimination Chamber matches for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Championship.

Main Event Fatal Four Way Match: “The Game” Triple H and we go to commercial break.

vs. Big Show vs.“The Moscow Mauler” Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Undertaker

Show is already in the ring and Kozlov is almost to the ring when we return to the show while Trips and Taker make their usual entrances. Big Show goes after HHH while The Dead Man and The Moscow Mauler lock up. Taker throws Vlad over the top rope and goes after Show and The Game helps send Big Show over the top rope. It is now Trips versus Taker in the middle of the ring. Undertaker delivers snake eyes, Triple H delivers a spine buster, Taker sits up, Show is back in, he nails Taker and goes after The Game and we go to commercial break.

Back to the action, The Dead Man is sent into the steel steps by Kozlov as Show and Trips go at each other in the ring. Vlad is back in the ring and he and Show take turns working on The Game. Trips fights back but can’t get to his feet. Vlad backs him into the corner and Show delivers a choke slam to The Moscow Mauler but Taker delivers a right hand from outside to break it up. HHH and Vlad are down and so is Show after Taker takes him down with a clothesline. Show goes for a choke slam, Taker delivers a DDT, covers and The Moscow Mauler breaks it up. Now it’s The Dead Man versus Kozlov, Taker has Vlad in the submission hold but Show breaks it up. Taker now has Show in the hold but Trips breaks it up. The Game sends The Moscow Mauler over the top rope and then goes after Show with fists, coming off the ropes. Trips tries for the pedigree, Show has HHH up but Undertaker breaks it up. Taker covers The Game and gets two. Outside, Vlad sends Show into the ring post and then goes after The Dead Man and HHH. Undertaker has The Moscow Mauler covered by Show breaks it up. Big Show has Taker in the corner, climbs up on the second rope, but misses as The Dead Man rolls out of the way. Vlad is back to his feet, he takes down Show, The Game delivers a pedigree to Vlad, Taker delivers a tombstone piledriver to HHH, Show takes out Taker, and guess who runs in to spear Big Show? You got it. Edge.

Winner: Is that all four men since Edge did the run in?

I should have just said it before the match began. I predicted Edge would do a run in and it appears I was correct. With the exception of the ending, this was a decent main event and all four men were allowed time to work the match. And that’s the end of the show.

Thank you for joining us. Everyone have a great weekend and stay safe! Check Pulse Wrestling every day for the best in professional wrestling news, updates, columns and reviews. And join me every Friday night for the live Smackdown Report!

Rey Guepardo, the high flying risk taking daredevil from LXN in Panama suffered a devastating injury last weekend and is in the hospital. Although the full extent of his injuries and how long he will be out of action are unknown at this time, to my amigo, Rey: Por favor recuperate pronto. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones están contigo!

Haven’t read the latest on Pulse? Here’s a heads up on one of the best reads this week:

Vinny brings out the alternate view of the person versus the wrestler with Alternate Reality by Vin Tastic – All An Act…!

Vinny SPEAKS! Check out his podcast interview with Mister Payne at Mister Payne with guest Vinny Truncellito – No Payne, No Glory podcast !

John Wiswell keeps us posted on the goings on at Ring of Honor with Cult of ROH: Bound By Hate!

Mark Allen’s latest is highly recommended reading in This Week in ‘E – Does Chris Jericho Have To Hit a B!tch?!

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VonErichs.com Confirms WWE Hall of Fame Report http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/13/vonerichscom-confirms-wwe-hall-of-fame-report/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/13/vonerichscom-confirms-wwe-hall-of-fame-report/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2009 06:40:09 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82602 An official post regarding the WWE Hall of Fame was posted on VonErichs.com

“We are honored to announce that the Von Erich Family will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 4th. The induction will be held in Houston, TX.
For those of you that have been asking about Kevin’s sons, we are planning on
including Ross and Marshall in the ceremony.”

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JBL Blogs About Steroids, A-Rod http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/11/jbl-blogs-about-steroids-a-rod/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/11/jbl-blogs-about-steroids-a-rod/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:53:20 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82555 JBL has posted a new blog on his WWE Universe page.  He writes about steroids within the WWE.

“Now, I have to be clear-I am 100% against steroids, 100% against drugs.
I am thrilled that WWE is a leader in testing. I don’t say that because
I work for them, I say that because I am thrilled that the temptation
to take drugs to look better or perform better was taken away by WWE’s
strict drug policy.”

JBL goes on to share his opinions on A-Rod, steroid use within Major League Baseball, MLB and the National Football League, NFL.  JBL promotes Layfield Energy as well and just about but not quite calls it an alternative to performance enhancing drugs.

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Mick Foley Talks About Vince McMahon, TNA, and the Hall of Fame http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/11/mick-foley-talks-about-vince-mcmahon-tna-and-the-hall-of-fame/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/11/mick-foley-talks-about-vince-mcmahon-tna-and-the-hall-of-fame/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2009 20:49:25 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82563 UK’s The Sun interviewed Mick Foley this week.  Foley talks about his time in TNA, WWE, Vince McMahon, Dixie Carter, The Wrestler, the Hall of Fame and other topics. 

On Dixie Carter and TNA:  “Dixie is definitely not Vince — and that’s a good thing.”

On the Hall of Fame: “I’m not going to let Vince determine whether or not my career is a good one
by whether or not I’m inducted. “

Listen to the whole recording at the Sun website to hear more.

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WWE Press Release on Voices WWE The Music Vol. 9 http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/10/wwe-press-release-onvoices-wwe-the-music-vol-9/ http://wrestling.insidepulse.com/2009/02/10/wwe-press-release-onvoices-wwe-the-music-vol-9/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2009 21:53:20 +0000 http://pulsewrestling.com/?p=82502

WWE(R) Music Debuts as # 1 Soundtrack

STAMFORD,
Conn., Feb 10, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — World Wrestling
Entertainment(R)’s VOICES WWE The Music, Vol. 9, debuted at number one
on SoundScan’s Soundtrack Chart surpassing the soundtracks for Slumdog
Millionaire, Notorious, Twilight, Mama Mia and High School Musical 3,
among others.

VOICES
WWE The Music, Vol. 9 also enters the Billboard Top 200 best-selling
albums chart at #11 outselling artists such as Metallica, Mariah Carey,
Lil’ Wayne, Pink and Akon. Having sold more than 6.0 million CDs
worldwide, the WWE has had six music albums debut in the Top 15 of the
Billboard 200.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc
(NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and
corporate.wwe.com. For information
on our global activities, go to

http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

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