MATCHES •United States Champion Sheamus vs. Kofi Kingston (No Contest) •Sin Cara def. Jack Swagger •WWE Tag Team Champions Big Show & Kane def. Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater •Rey Mysterio def. Mark Henry (Disqualification) •Layla vs. Michelle McCool (Double Disqualification) •Randy Orton & Christian def. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay
SmackDown results: Venomous debut By: Mitch Pasero April 29, 2011 Tags: SmackDown: April 29, 2011, Randy Orton, Christian GREENSBORO, North Carolina – With the 2011 WWE Draft over and Edge retired, Randy Orton wasted no time making an impact on the blue brand. He heralded in his arrival on Friday nights by dropping Drew McIntyre, Alex Riley and Brodus Clay with stinging RKOs.
Randy Orton & Christian def. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay (WATCH | PHOTOS) If there was any question about what impact Randy Orton would make on SmackDown, he quickly made it known that he is a force to be reckoned with. In the night’s main event, The Viper downed big Brodus Clay to help secure a win for his team. Will Orton and Christian carry this momentum into their respective matches this Sunday at Extreme Rules? (Extreme Rules coverage)
Layla vs. Michelle McCool ended in a Double Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS) The tensions boiling within Team Lay-Cool finally erupted in a match pitting the two Divas against each other. After fighting tooth-and-nail outside the ring, their match ended in a Double Disqualification. Afterward, Layla challenged Michelle to a match at Extreme Rules. Michelle accepted, under the condition that it would be a Loser Leaves WWE Match. (Preview)
Rey Mysterio def. Mark Henry by Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS) After being drafted to Raw, Rey Mysterio was looking to leave SmackDown in style in a match against formidable opponent Mark Henry. After a competitive bout, Mysterio looked well on his way to victory after downing The World’s Strongest Man with the 619. However, just as Mysterio was poised to capitalize, Cody Rhodes rushed into the ring and launched a vicious assault. The ugly attack spilled into the WWE Universe, and finally back into the ring, where Rhodes shoved a paper bag over Mysterio’s head. Who will prevail when the bitter rivals collide at Extreme Rules? (Preview)
WWE Tag Team Champions Big Show & Kane def. Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater (WATCH | PHOTOS) In their first title defense since winning the WWE Tag Team Championships, Big Show and Kane thoroughly dominated former champions Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater. With simultaneous monstrous chokeslams, the champions drove their challengers into the canvas for the win.
Sin Cara def. Jack Swagger (WATCH | PHOTOS) After being attacked by Sin Cara three weeks ago, Jack Swagger was looking for some payback. When Michael Cole handed Swagger a mysterious object, it looked as if The All-American American was going to use it against Sin Cara. However, the high-flying new Superstar proved too quick for Swagger and wrapped him up for the pinfall. Afterward, Sin Cara launched himself from the top rope onto the still-reeling Swagger.
United States Champion Sheamus vs. Kofi Kingston ended in a No Contest (WATCH | PHOTOS) United States Champion Sheamus rushed into the arena, taking down Kofi Kingston from behind before their match even began. The brutality continued inside the ring, as the 2010 King of the Ring pummeled Kingston, leaving him in a lifeless heap. Certainly, the entire SmackDown locker room took notice of the brand’s newest, dangerous competitor.
Randy Orton RKO'd Drew McIntyre and Alex Riley (WATCH | PHOTOS) When Randy Orton kicked off the night by introducing himself to the SmackDown audience, a slew of Superstars wanted their chance in the spotlight. However, The Viper quickly asserted his dominance with a pair of devastating RKOs to Drew McIntyre and Alex Riley. When Alberto Del Rio and Brodus Clay came calling, Christian rushed to Orton’s side. Before an all-out brawl, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long arranged for the foursome to officially meet in the night’s main event.
Curt Hawkins took a shot at WWE Superstars with the following message on his Twitter: "Does it bother anyone else that the WWE Superstars intro includes NONE of the actual talent that perform on the show? Bush league."
- Kevin Nash is asking fans on Twitter if he should go back to TNA or not, after it appears WWE has nothing for him. Nash wrote: "WWE going young.your my fan base,sit on my ass or watch my buddys Sting ass?"
- RAW roster member Michael Tarver may have suffered a neck injury at Thursday's FCW show in a match with Xavier Woods, the former Consequences Creed. A fan noted that the injury happened after a botched DDT from Xavier. After laying in the ring for several minutes, Tarver was carried to the back by FCW officials.
You can't make this stuff up guys - Kurt Angle says that he's considering another try at the Olympic games and he's dead serious.
"It's not just this old man trying to lash out to get publicity," Angle told WTAE Channel 4 Action News on Friday. "It's about really making the team and making a point that, you know what, the 40s is not old. It's the new young. I feel really good at 42, and I might be making a statement that him and I are going to start training for the Olympics and go after the U.S. Open, the Olympic team trials, and then the Olympics," Angle said.
"Everyone asks me, 'How can you do all of these things?' And I always tell them I'll rest when I die," Angle said. "I don't rest very much. I like to do things, I like to accomplish things, and I have a passion for everything that I do, including pro wrestling, and I miss the Olympic wrestling."
"But if we're going to make this (Olympic) commitment, we're going to do it, and it starts in August," he said.
A match pitting Michelle McCool against Layla this Sunday at Extreme Rules will carry a "loser leaves WWE" stipulation. While the match was announced as a Loser Leaves Smackdown Match Tuesday's Smackdown taping, "WWE" is overdubbed in placed of "Smackdown" during the telecast, which has already aired in Australia.
PWInsider.com has confirmed that McCool is legitimately leaving WWE, not taking time off as some speculated. Therefore, this Sunday will be her final match with WWE.
- WWE Superstar Cody Rhodes spoke with Marvel.com this past week. Here are some highlights:
Marvel.com: You tried to bring a bit of your comic book fan roots to your WrestleMania gear, didn’t you?
Cody Rhodes: Yeah, my jacket was supposed to be more Mister Sinister themed, but as the designer got to work on it, it became more “Assassin’s Creed” themed, which was also fine by me. At one point there was this huge diamond in the waistband but it was too much, a bit too close to the Sinister vibe. We could never get the jewel to work, but the diamond is still there in rough leather form if you look closely.
Marvel.com: The way you beat Rey was a classic villain move, which seems very appropriate given how much fans have compared you to Doctor Doom. Is that character a big influence?
Cody Rhodes: Yeah, that’s the funny thing—Big Show calls me “Victor Von Doom” and I take that as such a big compliment because Doom is such an iconic villain. Even when he’s not used in these epic crossovers or doesn’t get the big win, Doom is still a formidable foe who’s among the elite villains in the Marvel Universe.
I have all these influences without realizing them myself sometimes. For example, I really wanted to do a lot of mic work along the way to WrestleMania and as I was cutting promos I felt very comfortable in the suit and tie, but then one week decided I wanted to add the mask. That addition made it all pop and reminded me of characters like Doom and The Red Skull, guys who are all business but hide something hideously wrong with them.
Marvel.com: So did you ever think about a less transparent mask, to complete the Doom look?
Cody Rhodes: Well, here’s a little known fact, because in the world of entertainment things do get misconstrued: one thing that legitimately happened was my broken nose. It was a horrible thing that ended up being a great thing in terms of my career. I had an idea where I wanted to take it but I looked online and saw Rip Hamilton, from the Detroit Pistons. He had the exact mask I wanted—I even went to the same doctor who molded his and had it cast to my face, allowing you to still see my face without obscuring my features. It actually was much more clear when I started but WWE fogged it up a bit, which makes it look cool especially when the lights bounce off.
Marvel.com: Let’s end this with wrestling, since we’ve got the Extreme Rules PPV this Sunday. What’s new in WWE for Cody Rhodes?
Cody Rhodes: I think WrestleMania was a statement but also an opportunity. What I did was say to everyone, our fans included, that “I’m really into this gig, let me have more.” I’ve learned that you have to be your biggest self-promoter and I hope that in the next year, as we move forward to WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, that I can get in that World title hunt. There [are] not [many] bigger [stars] than Rey Mysterio and I beat him, so I’d love to be competing for the World Heavyweight Championship. Along the way there’s a lot of guys I’d like to compete with too; I’ve been telling guys for time now that I’d really like to compete with Kane. He’s such a fixture of the WWE Universe and I’d love to give him the same treatment I gave Rey Mysterio. The old is going and the new is coming—I really like that.
Mick Foley is scheduled to return to TNA Wrestling programming at next Monday's iMPACT! taping in Orlando, Florida.
He was originally scheduled to appear at the April 20 iMPACT! taping, but it was canceled due to miscommunication. Company officials thought he would unavailable to make the show due to his appearance at the Cauliflower Alley Club Annual Reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada. He flew to Orlando, Florida for the iMPACT! taping, but the script had already been finalized.
Foley indicated last week on Twitter that he would like to appear at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's birthday celebration, which takes place this Monday night on Raw. It is said that TNA officials were okay with him appearing at the event, but WWE declined.
*Impact opens with Karen and Jeff Jarrett coming out. Karen demands all the Knockouts come out as she is sure one of them was Kurt Angle’s mistress. She goes down the Knockouts one by one and comes down to Velvet Sky. She rips apart Sky, who goes to slap Karen but Jeff ends up taking the slap. Winter and Angelina Love go after Velvet…
*Angelina Love defeated Velvet Sky via submission when Sky passed out to a Love submission. Love was doing the trance deal where nothing hurt her when Sky was on the offense.
*Anarquia defeated Chris Sabin. Mexican America worked over Sabin until the returning Alex Shelley made the save. Mexican America noted they were going to celebrate Cinco del Mayo next week.
*Gunner defeated Christopher Daniels.
*Backstage Sting destroys Mr. Anderson’s truck and leaves his bat in the windshield before leaving.
*Crimson vs. Samoa Joe ended in a no contest when Abyss attacked Crimson and laid him out with a Black Hole Slam.
*New TNA Knockouts champion Mickie James cuts a promo dedicating her title win to the fans and thanks them for their support.
*TNA champion Sting defeated Bully Ray and Mr. Anderson. Great match with all three getting a decent amount of offense in. Bully Ray played his ultra heel great in this match. Bully used a steel pipe on Sting after a ref bump. AJ Styles came out and attacked Ray. Sting used the pipe on Ray and scored the pin.
A video package on Jeff Hardy aired during last night's episode of TNA iMPACT! in the UK featuring footage of the multi-time champion berating fans after he turned heel last year as well as his response to losing the TNA World Heavyweight Championship to Sting.
The video surfaced on YouTube, but was quickly pulled due to a copyright claim by TNA.
Billy Kidman vs. Psychosis Disco Inferno vs. Vampiro Shane Helms/Shannon Moore vs. David Flair/Crowbar Tank Abbott vs. Maestro Super J/Masa Hiro Chono vs. Rick Steiner/Mike Rotunda Sid Vicious vs. The Wall Lex Luger vs. Bam Bam Bigelow DDP vs. Buff Bagwell (Kimberly as guest referee).
Todd Grisham and William Regal open the show. They talk about the Draft and the how Regal was drafted to Smackdown. Regal states it’s not about him, it’s about the NXT rookies.
Maryse introduces the NXT rookies and pros while Matt Striker stood behind her. The rookies head to the ring while the pros take their seats on the stage.
Once all the rookies were in the ring, Striker spoke about the immunity challenge points and then set up the next contest “How well do you know your pro?” Jacob Novak ended up winning.
The announcers hype Titus O’Neil vs. Darren Young as the most intense rivalry of the season and said their latest match was coming up next
Highlights are shown of Hornswoggle beating Darren Young when the latter man wore a blindfold and had one arm tied behind his back…
Titus O’Neil (w/Hornswoggle) vs. Darren Young (w/Chavo Guerrero). They hype up the Rock’s appearance on Raw in Miami on Monday.
JTG and Jacob Novak come to the ring. JTG introduces Novak, who cuts a promo on Regal. William stands up and and tells Novak “I promise you, sunshine, you’re really not going to like the outcome.”
Novak tells Regal that it wasn’t going to happen because he already has a match. Novak said they will have a match on his terms next week.
JTG and Jacob Novak defeated Conor O’Brian and Vladimir Kozlov in 6:50.
A Raw draft recap video aired… The announcers run through Sunday’s pay-per-view lineup.
Backstage, Maryse told Yoshi Tatsu that the purse he gave her is missing. Yoshi approached his rookie Bryan Saxton and asked if he’d seen Lucky Cannon, Bryon says he will be facing Lucky in the ring shortly, and also added that he wished Yoshi spent half as much time mentoring him as he does chasing Maryse.
Another commercial aired for The Rock on Raw…
Lucky Cannon (w/Tyson Kidd) defeated Byron Saxton (w/Yoshi Tatsu) by DQ in 5:40.
Lucky tells Maryse he had nothing to do with what happened to her purse. Yoshi gets jealous and chases Lucky back in the ring and attacks him for the DQ. Byron gets mad and attacks Yoshi.
Beth Phoenix Drafted To RAW To Keep CM Punk Happy?
As we reported this week, RAW superstar CM Punk is said to be unhappy in WWE and is considering leaving the company when his contract expires later this year. Punk is burned out from 5 years on the road with WWE and is not happy with other stars such as The Miz and Alberto Del Rio getting pushed over him.
WWE wants to keep Punk on the roster and have offered him a new longterm deal, which he's yet to sign. It's interesting to note that CM Punk's real-life girlfriend Beth Phoenix was traded to the RAW brand during Tuesday's Supplemental Draft - which could be seen as a move by WWE to make life better for Punk on the road.
Punk's possible departure from WWE later this year has been one of the main topics of discussion behind the scenes this week. Punk has been dating Beth Phoenix for the past several months and the two are reportedly a very serious couple.
WWE has made roster trades in the past to keep superstar-diva couples together - with the most notable example being Michelle McCool being moved to SmackDown a few years ago so she could travel with her husband, The Undertaker.
- The April 25 episode of Monday Night Raw scored a 3.5 cable rating, up from last week's 3.13. Viewership increased from 4.7 million to 5.2 million. The show drew hours of 3.51 and 3.43.
- The April 25 episode of Tough Enough garnered a 1.73 cable rating, up from a series low 1.54 the previous week. The show averaged 2.45 million viewers overall. The replay following Raw drew a 1.09 cable rating with 1,535,000 viewers.
- The April 23 episode of A.M. Raw scored a 0.53 cable rating with 622,000 viewers.
- Multiple replays of Tough Enough aired on April 23. The 9:00 a.m. show drew a 0.27 cable rating with 317,000 viewers. The 10:00 a.m. show scored a 0.44 cable rating with 554,000 viewers. The 11:00 a.m. broadcast did a 0.6 cable rating with 784,000 viewers. An episode at 1:00 a.m. garnered a 0.76 cable rating with 936,000 viewers.
- After being eliminated on last night's WWE Tough Enough, Miss USA Rima Fakih hinted to fans that she was "not gone for good" from WWE. It's been speculated all along that no matter what the outcome of Tough Enough was, that Rima would have a job with WWE anyway.
- WWE recently issued a memo to talents, notifying them that they can no longer sign autographs on money, clothing or people's skin. This comes after a top WWE star recently signed a fans' expensive leather jacket. The next day, an angry parent called WWE officials and complained that the jacket was ruined, forcing WWE to reimburse the parent for the jacket.
- New SmackDown Superstar Sin Cara has been described as the guy with the biggest target on his back in the WWE locker room for the past few weeks as some feel he came in carrying himself as a top guy. While he was a top star in Mexico, he's not yet in WWE and that has rubbed some people the wrong way.
There were also complaints from some people that Alberto Del Rio was "out to get" Cara because of heat they've had between them from Mexico. With that said, there is no real evidence that Del Rio has done anything behind-the-scenes to go against Cara in WWE yet.
CM Punk has been offered a new long-term WWE contract, but at this time he has not signed and could be leaving the company when his current contract expires in a few months. There has been talk about the possibility for some time, but during the European tour, discussion of Punk's exit heated up. As mentioned, Punk has not signed the new offer, citing "burnout with being on the road for years and unhappiness with his position in the company over the last year." A WWE office source had the following to say on the situation…
"When you look at how the company brands it's characters, Punk is never among the top 5-8 names that are promoted or pushed. It's Cena, Orton, Miz, Undertaker, Rey, now Alberto, etc. these days and Punk is sort of floating right under there. He didn't fit into the youth drive a few months back but he's not treated like a top veteran either. He's just there, doing his job and while everyone knows he delivers, he's never really treated like someone who does. He's never dropped the ball but we don't give it to him really, either. He's treated like a guy, but not THE guy. For a driven guy like him who's made wrestling his entire world, it's got to drive him crazy. Now, the excuse will be don't push Punk because he might be leaving, but the reality is the environment and situation is what is probably making him want to leave to begin with. Either it gets fixed or it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, just like it did when Batista walked out."
An historic 2011 WWE Draft began on the April 25 edition of Raw and concluded the following day exclusively on WWE.com. Find out which brand your favorite Superstars and Divas now call home, then share your thoughts with the rest of the WWE Universe on Facebook and Twitter by using #WWEDraft.
30. Sheamus to SmackDown It’s hard to name a Superstar who rose through the ranks as quickly as former WWE Champion Sheamus. The current reigning United States Champion and 2010 KingoftheRing will certainly change the entire SmackDown landscape. Whoever crosses his path better be prepared for a fight.
29. Beth Phoenix to Raw As one of the most dominating Divas in history, Beth Phoenix wasted no time carving out a name for herself ever since her debut in 2006. The former Women's Champion made a major statement when she became the second Diva in history to compete in the traditional Royal Rumble in 2010. The Raw Diva locker room has been put on notice. The Glamazon is coming back to where she began in 2006.
28. Alex Riley to SmackDown In perhaps the most stunning move of the WWE Draft, Alex Riley is leaving the side of WWE Champion The Miz and heading to Friday nights. How might this move affect Miz’s Triple Threat Match at Extreme Rules? And, will Riley continue on as Miz’s Vice President of Corporate Communications? Regardless what the future holds, The Miz has certainly brought the young Superstar along for one awesome ride.
27. Tyler Reks to Raw He’s big, strong and has his own distinctive look. What Tyler Reks needs now is the right moment to break through in WWE. Will he find it under the glaring lights of the Raw stage?
26. Tamina to SmackDown Carrying on the high-flying legacy of her father, WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Tamina has a penchant for climbing the turnbuckle and punishing her opponents with the type of dazzling aerial offense her dad made famous. Who or what will she set her sights on in 2011?
25. Tyson Kidd to SmackDown If you've been watching the current season of WWE Tough Enough, you’ve received a glimpse of the training and dedication it takes to become a WWE Superstar. Having trained in the legendary Hart Family Dungeon, Tyson Kidd received the skills he needed to become a UnifiedTagTeamChampion and a WWE Tag Team Champion. Certainly if anyone is poised for singles success, it is Kidd.
24. Ted DiBiase to SmackDown It is harder to find a Superstar with a richer past. Not only is Ted DiBiase the son of WWE Hall of Famer "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, but he is the grandson of "Iron" Mike DiBiase. Expectations are high for this young man. His list of accomplishments already includes winning the World Tag Team Championship and starring in The Marine 2. Is 2011 the year DiBiase finally claims a singles championship?
23. Kofi Kingston to Raw After losing the Intercontinental Championship in early 2011, Kofi Kingston is one of the hungriest Superstars in all of WWE. Kingston knows how it feels to be a champion, and more importantly, what it takes to get there. It’s most likely not a matter of if, but when, Kingston rises again on Raw.
22. Jey Uso to SmackDown Jey Uso’s bloodline includes such in-ring legends as his father Rikishi, great uncles The Wild Samoans and multi-time WWE Champion The Rock. With twin brother Jimmy also coming to Friday nights, the SmackDown landscape has changed dramatically.
21. Chris Masters to Raw He’s big, he’s powerful and has one of the most lethal holds in all of WWE with his Master Lock. With the opportunity to showcase his talents on Monday nights, can Masters finally elevate his career to the next level?
20. Curt Hawkins to Raw If slow and steady wins the race, Curt Hawkins has been doing everything right. Ever since his move from tag team competition to singles action, Hawkins has continually shown he has the right skills and desire to shine. Now that he is in the Raw spotlight, will he finally put it all together and make a name for himself?
19. Natalya to SmackDown Trained in the legendary Hart Family Dungeon, the extremely talented third-generation Diva has carried on her family's legacy with grace, style and painful precision. Now, the pink and black Diva brings the Sharpshooter back to SmackDown, ready to give the competition a full dose of Hart.
18. Drew McIntyre to Raw Signed to SmackDown by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and instantly deemed The Chosen One, the brutal McIntyre ruthlessly battled his way into WWE success, including capturing the illustrious Intercontinental Championship. Now, The Sinister Scotsman heads to Raw, ready to fulfill the full prophecy of his greatness.
17. Yoshi Tatsu to SmackDown A favorite of the WWE Universe, the gifted Japanese performer proudly carries the full spirit of the Land of the Rising Sun as he competes with WWE's ring warriors around the globe. Showing off his extraordinary kicks and exciting style, Tatsu leaps into the explosive world of SmackDown ready to make some noise.
16. William Regal to SmackDown Besides being a highly decorated Superstar, the distinguished battler from Blackpool, England has truly established himself as one of WWE's most sadistic grapplers, taking great pleasure in torturing his adversaries with stiff strikes and brutal submission holds. SmackDown just got a lot more painful.
15. Alicia Fox to SmackDown As if SmackDown wasn't stunning enough, it is about to receive A-Fox. With a reign as Divas Champion and an overabundance of confidence, this elegant beauty has showed – without a doubt – that she has what it takes to make SmackDown sizzle.
14. JTG to Raw The high-octane JTG has used his street tough style and off-the-wall attitude to truly shake up SmackDown and WWE Superstars alike. Now, the hip-hop hero brings his action-packed mixture of mayhem and mischief back to WWE's flagship show. Brooklyn, Brooklyn!
13. Kelly Kelly to Raw One of the most beautiful Divas in WWE, Kelly Kelly has proven herself to be just as awe-inspiring since journeying to SmackDown. And now that she is returning to Raw to challenge all comers with her devastating K-2 legdrop and endless spirit, could a Divas Championship be in the blonde bombshell's future?
12. Jimmy Uso to SmackDown Coming from a long line of Samoan Superstars, which includes WWE Hall of Famers The Wild Samoans, his father Rikishi and even multi-time WWE Champion The Rock, Jimmy Uso and his twin brother Jey have wreaked havoc during their short time in WWE. Now, he makes his way to SmackDown, the perfect place for this electrifying Superstar to move to the next.
11. The Great Khali to SmackDown Any Superstar hoping to make it in WWE must move mountains. But, who will dare try to budge Friday Night's international tower of turbulence The Great Khali? The enormous Superstar returns to SmackDown ready to lay to Punjabi Plunge on any Superstar with enough guts to get in the ring with him.
10. Jack Swagger to Raw A former World Heavyweight Champion, Jack Swagger has recently split his time between training the outspoken Michael Cole and delivering merciless devastation in the squared circle. It remains to be seen what will happen when The All-American American brings his vicious nature and his dreaded ankle lock to Monday Night Raw.
9. Daniel Bryan to SmackDown With a United States Championship reign to his credit, the dynamic Superstar with absolute heart and the full-backing of the WWE Universe charges headlong into SmackDown. Armed with the devastating LeBell Lock and a fierce thirst for competition, Bryan promises to be a dangerous addition to Friday night.
Drafts made on the April 25 edition of Raw (Raw results):
8. John Cena to Raw In one unprecedented night, the entire WWE Universe witnessed John Cena move from Raw to SmackDown and back to Raw again.
7. Alberto Del Rio to Raw After leaving his elitist mark all over on SmackDown, the ultimate Superstar of destiny makes his way to WWE's flagship show.
6. Big Show to Raw He’s The World’s Largest Athlete and one of the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions along with Kane. Certainly, the entire Raw locker room took notice when it was announced this dominating force is coming to Monday nights.
5. Sin Cara to SmackDown After premiering on Monday Night Raw, Sin Cara descends on Friday nights, where his incredible arsenal of jaw-dropping maneuvers is sure to help him rise to the top of his game.
4. Mark Henry to SmackDown The entire SmackDown roster braces itself as it is announced that The World's Strongest Man is going blue.
3. Randy Orton to SmackDown As one of the most dangerous Superstars in WWE, Randy Orton has torn through many opponents on Raw. Now, he brings his style of fighting to the blue brand. Who dares cross paths with The Viper?
2. Rey Mysterio to Raw With one of the most impressive championship resumes in all of WWE, Rey Mysterio is a major force to be reckoned with. Fresh off a rewarding victory over Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania, The Master of the 619 is sure to make an impact when he soars onto Raw.
1. John Cena to SmackDown The 2011 WWE Draft kicked off with perhaps the biggest move of all when it was announced John Cena was coming back to where he started on SmackDown.
•SmackDown def. Raw in a 20-Man Battle Royal •Eve def. Layla •Kofi Kingston def. U.S. Champion Sheamus in a Non-Title Match •Jim Ross def. Michael Cole by Disqualification •Randy Orton def. Dolph Ziggler •Rey Mysterio def. Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a Non-Title Match •Team Raw def. Team SmackDown in a Six-Man Tag Team Match
Raw results: Blues traveler? By: Greg Adkins April 25, 2011 Tags: Raw: April 25, 2011 RALEIGH, N.C. – The WWE Universe experienced one wild ride as the 2011 WWE Draft unfolded before them like a runaway roller coaster. Emotions propelled viewers forward through a series of unexpected twists and jaw-dropping turns until, finally, they experienced a reversal of course that left many with a severe case of whiplash.
Team Raw def. Team SmackDown in a Six-Man Tag Match; John Cena drafted to Raw (WATCH | PHOTOS) The tectonic plates of WWE have shifted in dramatic fashion. Freshly drafted Superstar Alberto Del Rio joined WWE Champion The Miz & CM Punk to form Team Raw. The three would go on to collide with Team SmackDown, comprised of Christian and SmackDown’s newest roster recruits Mark Henry & John Cena. The two squads would compete for the chance at one more draftee.
Dogged and determined, it would be the rebels in red who would triumph – thanks in large part to a mutinous Henry, who attacked his fellow boys in blue. The WWE Champion celebrated as he leveled one of his two Extreme Rules opponents, Cena, with a Skull Crushing Finale to capture the win for his squad. Good news for The Cleveland Screamer, right? Not so much.
Turns out Raw wanted back one of the most exciting Superstars in WWE history: The Cenation Commander-in-Chief.
2011 WWE Draft to continue on WWE.com (ARTICLE) Although many Superstars are either sulking or celebrating, the 2011 WWE Draft isn't over yet. Beginning at 12 noon ET, the Draft continues on WWE.com To keep up with all the dynamic developments, check back often.
Next week, Monday Night Raw celebrates The Rock’s birthday (WATCH) It’s guaranteed to be The Biggest Birthday Party in the History of Television! Next week, Monday Night Raw will throw a bash for The Rock. Don’t miss any of the excitement as The Most Electrifying Man in All of Sports-Entertainment ushers in another awesome year in his hometown of Miami.
Rey Mysterio def. Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a Non-Title Match; Big Show and Alberto Del Rio drafted to Raw (WATCH | PHOTOS) Raw’s newest recruit, Rey Mysterio, has already started paying dividends. The Master of the 619 squared off against Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett with an opportunity to earn their respective brands two draft choices. Although Barrett certainly proved he’s a resolute champion, the masked man took him out at the knees, earning the red brand two draftees: Big Show and Alberto Del Rio.
Randy Orton def. Dolph Ziggler; Mark Henry and Sin Cara drafted to SmackDown (WATCH | EXCLUSIVE: HENRY REACTS | PHOTOS) With a drastic change in appearance, Dolph Ziggler may be new, but he’s not improved. Not enough, anyway. As his business associate, Vickie Guerrero, looked on, Ziggler lost his match to recent SmackDown draftee Randy Orton. The Viper’s victory earned the blue brand two new draft picks: Mark Henry and Sin Cara.
After the bout, Orton’s Extreme Rules opponent, CM Punk, grabbed the spotlight and goaded WWE’s Apex Predator before their Last Man Standing Match.
Jim Ross def. Michael Cole by Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS) Who knew announcers could be so brutal? In a match pitting Michael Cole against Jim Ross, the current Raw announcer leaned heavily on his Extreme Rules tag team partner, Jack Swagger. When Good Ol’ J.R. slapped him clean across the face during their match, Cole called a “time out” to berate Ross and his Extreme Rules partner, Jerry “The King” Lawler. As he tried to exit the ring, Cole felt the sting of the barbecue king, who wailed on him until Swagger entered and nailed J.R. with a cheap shot, causing a disqualification.
The All-American American then attacked Lawler before circling back to Ross. While he snapped on an ankle lock, his weasel-like partner took off J.R.’s belt and began whipping him mercilessly. Thankfully for Ross, King was able to chase off the dastardly duo. The whole ugly incident prompted Raw’s anonymous General Manager to designate their match at Extreme Rules a tag team Country Whipping Match.
Kofi Kingston def. U.S. Champion Sheamus in a Non-Title Match; Randy Orton drafted to SmackDown (WATCH | PHOTOS) Boom! Boom! Boom! SmackDown’s Kofi Kingston came up big for blue when he faced off against United States Champion Sheamus in a non-title bout to determine which brand would earn another draft pick. The Dreadlock Dynamo leveled the Irishman and welcomed Randy Orton to the SmackDown roster.
Eve def. Layla; Rey Mysterio drafted to Raw (WATCH | EXCLUSIVE: REY REACTS | PHOTOS) Make no mistake, Lay-Cool is having some issues. During her match against Eve, to determine which brand would receive the next draft pick, Layla appeared in control. That is, until Michelle McCool, distracted her and allowed Eve to capitalize, further straining their BFF status. For her part, Eve reveled in the win, especially when the next draft pick was announced: Rey Mysterio.
John Morrison attacked R-Truth (WATCH | PHOTOS) After his abhorrent, post-match behavior last week, during which he ambushed John Morrison and blew cigarette smoke in his face, R-Truth got lit up. The rapping Superstar lambasted the WWE Universe and explained that he was tired of trying to please them. After his tirade, Truth received his comeuppance. A justice seeking JoMo appeared and attacked his former tag team partner, leaving him hobbled. Oh, burn
SmackDown def. Raw in a 20-Man Battle Royal; John Cena drafted to SmackDown (WATCH | EXCLUSIVE: CENA REACTS | PHOTOS) Buckle up, WWE Universe. The 2011 WWE Draft takes place tonight and has already hit some rocky terrain.
The history of WWE remains rich with Superstars who have been traded to different brands and gone on to greater heights – WWE Champion The Miz, John Morrison and Triple H to name just a few. That in mind, the stakes were elevated when Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown participated in a 20-Man Battle Royal with the winning brand receiving a draft pick.
When the canvas had cleared, it was the boys in blue who had prevailed. In the end, SmackDown had earned one unbelievable draftee: John Cena.
Thursday iMPACT Preview - Will Mr. Anderson Get His Title Shot?
Will Mr. Anderson finally get his title shot one-on-one in the ring with TNA World Champion Sting? Who at the network is the match maker? Plus Karen Jarrett is in search of the woman behind Kurt Angle and his acts of revenge.
Plus, the road continues to the May "Sacrifice" Pay-Per-View event!
Can't watch iMPACT on Thursday night? Make sure to set your DVR to record it so you don't miss any of the Total Nonstop Action!
Morrison Snubbing Update, Melina's Reputation Posted by Steve Carrier on 04/24/2011 at 07:44 PM
To follow up on the story of John Morrison snubbing Trish Stratus at WrestleMania XXVII, friends of the Raw Superstar were shocked by his cold behavior. The assumption of many within WWE is that Melina was in his ear all week because she believed Stratus was taking her spot at the pay-per-view event.
Sources say as Status was presenting her match suggestions to Morrison backstage, he said things such as "I'm not feeling that" (coined several years ago by Hulk Hogan in WCW) and "I don't want to look at you."
Kelly Kelly was scheduled for the Six-person Mixed Tag Team Match at one point, but the addition of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to the bout apparently led to a change in plans. It has been speculated that WWE instigated rumors of Kelly Kelly appearing in the match to prevent news of Snooki wrestling from leaking out.
Multiple people within WWE are blaming the entire situation on Melina as they feel she's primarily responsible for the friction between Morrison and Stratus. Melina has been a heat magnet within the locker room for years, which is why a number of her pushes have been derailed.
Comparisons to former WWE talent Tammy Sytch (a/k/a Sunny) were drawn early in her WWE run as many people felt she was difficult to deal with and that her ego had grown out of control. Melina was sentenced to face The Undertaker in "Wrestler's Court" in early 2006 due to her unscrupulous behavior, which is the unofficial forum among WWE talent for the policing of wrestlers that violate the rules and traditions of the company. Her ill-behaved manners persisted and she found herself transferred from SmackDown to Raw.
There have been numerous other accounts of friction between Melina and her locker room peers dating back to her time in developmental.
* She had issues with veteran female talent such as Amy "Lita" Dumas kicking her out of the locker room and forcing her to change in the hallway. Melina carried on the tradition with some of the younger Divas once she became a veteran herself.
* Melina was involved in a backstage altercation with Sharmell on May 13, 2006 at a SmackDown live event in El Paso, Texas. The incident was triggered by Batista's fistfight with Booker T the week prior during shooting for the SummerSlam commercial.
* Taryn Terrell (a/k/a Tiffany) stated during an interview following her elimination from the 2007 Diva Search that Melina was the one person she was warned about by WWE personnel.
* Maria Kanellis was not complementary of Melina in interviews following her release from WWE last year.
* Brooke Adams, who now performs as Miss Tessmacher in TNA Wrestling, revealed in an interview earlier this year that her departure from WWE in 2007 had nothing to do with Melina. She did, however, disparage her former colleague's character.
Adams said, "The reason I left WWE never had anything to do with her, that was just a rumor. When I left I was actually the only person that liked her. She was such a rude, fake, bitch to everyone. She then tried to turn my girls Layla and Kelly Kelly against me by telling them a lie that I said which in reality was a rumor that she started. It was never anything I said. I can't stand her and neither can most of the rest."
* Melina harbored great animosity towards Mickie James early in her career. She trashed James for months on the message forum of her official website while the two worked side by side in Ohio Valley Wrestling, going as far to call her a 'slut' in one post.
Melina wrote: "I'd rather work with a Diva who has no training than work with Alexis Laree.
"She steals other girls moves. Is lazy and doesn't care about anyone but herself. It's justice that she isn't on tv.
"But I do want to see hard working girls such as Beth Pheonix and Shelly Martinez up on the show... as for Angel Williams... she can cry on a pillow with Alexis - slut - Laree."
Shortly after James' promotion to the main roster in October 2005, Melina posted a lengthy commentary alleging she was victimized by the Richmond native—without referring to her by name.
Melina wrote: "I know that there's going to be people who don't understand. I'm sorry... I can't help the way I feel about HER (I Hope you know who HER is). I tried my best to get along with the girl. It's just not meant to be. I don't know if you've seen America's Next Top Model and how cady girls can be on that show... well, welcome to my world with HER. She hated me from the day I showed up to Louisville. She made sure my life there wasn't great. You WOULD think it was a new person thing, but when new people came around, I was still the one who got her crap. But you know, as she tried to break me.... I just got stronger and tried harder. Our work got us on tv and She hated that I was on tv first.
"She hated that I got any attention at all. You know.... I don't consider myself pretty. Not at all. Not like the other girls. And I am cool with that. Like I have said before, looks come and go but the way I am, the way i treat people and the things I accomplish in life... that can never be taken away from me. I can die right now knowing how I touched peoples lives.... I know that I did things on my terms. I never took off my clothes, kissed ass or slept with anyone to get my spot. I worked hard. I'm not perfect but I give the people my all."
In general, Melina has a reputation behind the scenes for being 'a head case'. People within WWE were praising her for returning with a improved attitude following her long injury layoff last year, but others immediately predicted that it wouldn't last long.
Former Employee Claims Desmond Wolfe Has Hepatitis Posted by Steve Carrier on 04/24/2011 at 05:04 PM
Randy Ricci, a former production manager for TNA Wrestling, claimed in a blog post on Friday that the reason Desmond Wolfe has not been wrestling in recent months is because he has Hepatitis C—a viral disease that leads to inflammation of the liver.
Ricci adds that the former ROH World Champion will be offered an office job.
Wolfe last wrestled for the organization in August. He and Magnus were scheduled to receive a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship against The Motor City Machine Guns at No Surrender, but were pulled from the event at the last minute, with TNA citing a "personal issue" as the reason. It was later reported that Wolfe was pulled from the event due to an undisclosed medical situation that would sideline him indefinitely.
Hulk Hogan is the only TNA Wrestling employee to publicly address Wolfe's status with the organization. When asked recently on Twitter about Wolfe returning to television, Hogan responded, "Desmond's situation is beyond TNA's control, the ball is completely in his court."
Souled Out 2000 took place on January 16, 2000 from the Firstar Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The originally scheduled card was heavily changed, due to the serious injuries of Bret Hart and Jeff Jarrett. Hart, who was scheduled to wrestle Sid Vicious, suffered a severe concussion at Starrcade, which forced him to vacate the WCW World Heavyweight title (Hart would not wrestle in another match until Wrestlemania XXVI, more than 10 years later). Jarrett, who was scheduled to wrestle Chris Benoit in a Triple Threat Theater series (Dungeon Rules, Bunkhouse, Caged Heat), suffered lingering headaches from Benoit's diving headbutt off the top of the steel cage on the January 10 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, which forced him to vacate the WCW United States Heavyweight title. Benoit was instead moved to take Hart's place against Vicious and the Triple Threat Theater series was contested between Billy Kidman and three separate wrestlers.
Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
Billy Kidman defeated Dean Malenko (w/Shane Douglas) in a Catch-as-Catch Can match (2:36)]
Kidman won when Malenko accidentally touched the floor; the match rules stated that a wrestler could win by either pin, submission, or by having his opponent's feet touch the floor.[This was Match 1 of the Triple Threat Theater.This was also Malenko's last match in WCW.
Vampiro defeated David Flair (w/Daffney) and Crowbar in a Triple Threat match (10:32)
Vampiro pinned Flair after a Nail in the Coffin.
Originally, it was scheduled to be a WCW World Tag Team title match between Flair & Crowbar and Vampiro & a partner of his choosing; when Flair and Crowbar jumped Vampiro during a backstage interview, Vampiro wanted to take them on himself.
Big Vito and Johnny the Bull (w/Disco Inferno) defeated The Harris Brothers (Ron and Don) (9:33)
Vito pinned Ron after a Clothesline.
Oklahoma defeated Madusa (w/Spice) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship (2:56)
Oklahoma pinned Madusa with a roll-up.
Brian Knobbs defeated Fit Finlay, Norman Smiley and Meng in a Fatal Four-Way match to retain the WCW Hardcore Championship (6:11)
Knobbs pinned Smiley after hitting him with a police shield.
Billy Kidman defeated Perry Saturn (w/Shane Douglas) in a Bunkhouse match (10:05)
Kidman pinned Saturn after a Bulldog.
This was Match 2 of the Triple Threat Theater.
This was Saturn's last match with WCW.
Booker T (w/Midnight) defeated Stevie Ray by disqualification (6:30)
Stevie Ray was disqualified when Big T made his debut and attacked Booker.
Tank Abbott defeated Jerry Flynn (1:39)
Abbott knocked Flynn out.
Buff Bagwell defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a Last Man Standing match (11:00)
DDP couldn't answer the 10-count after missing a Diamond Cutter.
The Wall (w/Shane Douglas) defeated Billy Kidman in a Steel cage match (5:03)
Wall pinned Kidman after a chokeslam.
This was Match 3 of the Triple Threat Theater.
Kevin Nash defeated Terry Funk in a Hardcore match to become the new WCW Commissioner (7:59)
Nash pinned Funk after a Jacknife Powerbomb onto a steel chair.
Chris Benoit defeated Sid Vicious (w/Arn Anderson as special guest referee) to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship (14:50)
Benoit forced Vicious to submit with the Crippler Crossface.
Benoit was stripped of the title the next night when it was shown that Sid's leg was under the rope when he tapped (in reality, Benoit had quit WCW to join the WWF).
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Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
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