Maria Says WWE Is Disrespecting Natalya Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/19/2012 at 10:05 AM
- Former WWE Diva Maria is not happy with WWE over the current storyline that has Natalya farting all the time.
Maria appeared on the Running The Ropes show this week and talked about it:
"I think that it's a complete disrespect to a girl with talent to give her a gimmick that's a farting gimmick. How disrespectful can you be? She's a Neidhart, come on! She's incredible in the ring. It's disrespectful to her, disrespectful to her family, and I cannot even believe that they went there. I think it really says something to how WWE feels about their Women's Division."
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One thing is certain at WWE Elimination Chamber on Feb. 19 – someone will be leaving in an ambulance by the end of the night. On the Feb. 6 Raw SuperShow, Interim Raw GM John Laurinaitis announced a rematch between JohnCena and Kane. In a move he said the WWE Board of Directors liked, the Interim Raw GM said the rivals will clash in an Ambulance Match.
The rules of an Ambulance Match may be simple, but getting to the final bell will be anything but as there are no pinfalls, submissions, count-outs or disqualifications. To win, a competitor needs to incapacitate his opponent, throw him into the back of a waiting ambulance and shut the door, sending him directly to the nearest medical facility.
Brutal and barbaric, an Ambulance Match at Elimination Chamber may be the only appropriate setting as one of the most intense rivalries the WWE Universe has ever seen reaches its apex.
While some conflicts explode after just one inciting incident, others build slowly and steadily over time. When it comes to Cena and The Big Red Monster Kane, their rivalry has intensified each week for the past few months, with each act of aggression topping its predecessor. In his continued efforts to get Cena to finally embrace the hate, Kane has used those closest to Cena to get his message across.
Kane’s relentless assault on Cena’s friend, Zack Ryder, began on the Jan. 3 episode of Raw SuperShow, when The Devil’s Favorite Demon tried to drag Ryder into the abyss underneath the ring. Luckily, Cena was there to save the day, but that did nothing to quell the monster’s fury.
The next week, Kane chokeslammed Ryder off the loading docks outside the arena, seriously injuring him (WATCH). Then, on the Jan. 23 Raw SuperShow, Kane intensified his attacks, chokeslamming Ryder through the stage and sending the Superstar to a nearby medical facility (WATCH). A visibly furious Cena uncharacteristically snapped, refusing Josh Matthews’ interview request by knocking the microphone out of the announcer’s hand.
The following Sunday at the 25th anniversary of the Royal Rumble, Cena and Kane battled to a double count-out. But it was naïve to think that a ring bell would be enough to stop these two from tearing each other apart. The war raged on outside the ring and all over the arena, with Kane getting the upper hand on Cena, courtesy of a steel chair. (PHOTOS)
Kane’s constant torment has taken Cena to unchartered territory, revealing a vicious and previously unseen side of the Leader of Cenation, as witnessed on the Jan. 30 episode of Raw. After Eve’s loss to Divas Champion Beth Phoenix, Kane appeared at ringside, terrifying the helpless Diva. An incensed Cena again came to the rescue, continually battering Kane with the steel ring stairs and sending The Devil’s Favorite Demon scurrying through the WWE Universe. (WATCH)
Now, the two powerhouse Superstars prepare to meet at Elimination Chamber, in what will be their most vicious bout yet. A rare stipulation throughout history, the WWE Universe hasn’t witnessed an Ambulance Match since Survivor Series 2003 which, perhaps unsurprisingly, featured Kane. Despite a heroic effort on the part of Shane McMahon during that match, The Big Red Monster’s brutal assault proved too great and it was Kane who slammed shut the ambulance doors on his opponent
Raw Elimination Chamber Match
Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Interim Raw General Manager John Laurinaitis revealed exclusively to WWE.com the Superstars who will compete for the WWE Title in the Raw EliminationChamber Match: WWE Champion CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, The Miz and Kofi Kingston.
With all eyes on Punk’s title, the six competitors will brave the redoubtable dome live on pay-per-view Feb. 19.
Jericho earned the right to be the last Superstar to enter the bout, after stealing a win from Punk in a Six Pack Challenge on the Feb. 6 Raw SuperShow (WATCH).
For the uninitiated, the Elimination Chamber Match is a bout in which two participants begin in the ring and the remaining four are held within pods in each corner. These Superstars are released into the match at five-minute intervals, with the objective being to eliminate each opponent via pinfall or submission. The last Superstar standing is declared the winner.
Measuring 16 feet in height and 36 feet in diameter, the Elimination Chamber has been unleashed on the WWE Universe 13 times since its debut in 2002 at Survivor Series. Heading into this year’s event, the Raw match participants bring with them wildly varying levels of experience inside the structure.
On one end of the spectrum is Jericho, a veteran of six Elimination Chamber matches. Tied with Triple H for most appearances, Jericho took part in the first three installments of the Elimination Chamber, and he scored big in his last appearance, capturing the World Heavyweight Championship in 2010.
Could that edge mean all the difference this time around? WWE Champion Punk is no stranger to the dangers that lurk within the structure’s wicked walls, having entered the Chamber on three separate occasions. Despite repeat visits, however, The Straight Edge Superstar has yet to attain victory.
Kingston and R-Truth boast one and two winless Chamber appearances, respectively. Ziggler and The Miz, meanwhile, are completely unacquainted with The Elimination Chamber. For them, Feb. 19 will mark maiden trips into the devastating dome.
With the WWE Championship at stake and personal vendettas very much in the mix, the Raw Elimination Chamber Match is sure to pack plenty of punch when it emanates from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Catch all the action live on Feb. 19 on pay-per-view starting at 8 ET / 5 PT.
SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match
At WWE EliminationChamber, World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan will defend his title against five other Superstars in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match. With a chance to headline WrestleMania at stake, Bryan will be challenged inside the massive structure by Wade Barrett, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, Big Show, The Great Khali and Santino Marella.
The World Heavyweight Champion will truly have the odds stacked against him once again when he steps into the Elimination Chamber on Feb. 19. Each Superstar participating will draw a number from one to six. The competitors who pick one and two will start off the match, while the other combatants will be locked in individual pods, waiting to enter the melee at regularly scheduled intervals. Superstars will be eliminated if they are pinned or submit. The last competitor standing will walk into WrestleMania the World Heavyweight Champion.
Bryan has never been inside the Elimination Chamber. However, the champion has managed to escape every predicament he’s found himself in in recent months. At the Royal Rumble, Bryan was trapped inside a steel cage with Big Show and Mark Henry. The World Heavyweight Champion wriggled free from the grip of The World’s Largest Athlete and escaped, still in possession of the title. Unfortunately for him, there is no escaping the Elimination Chamber. Can the crafty champion still find a way to retain his title?
Wade Barrett is tailor made for this type of showdown. The Superstar behind the Barrett Barrage holds the ideal combination of ruthless nature, English tenacity and unbridled ambition. Having never won a World Title, the Elimination Chamber could be the perfect opportunity for him to finally rise above.
SmackDown’s Elimination Chamber Match features not one, but two giants. The presence of Big Show and The Great Khali will make winning a tall task for anyone in their path. The World’s Largest Athlete will be looking to get his hands on Bryan, who ended his most recent World Title reign in a mere 90 seconds and has not let him forget it since. Khali, a replacement for the suspended Mark Henry, has his eyes set on becoming a two-time World Heavyweight Champion and will try to demolish anyone brave enough to attempt stopping him.
Cody Rhodes may have the most to gain in this match. The Intercontinental Champion has made it known that he intends on simultaneously adding the World Heavyweight Championship to his trophy case. This may be his best chance to accomplish that goal, though he is also competing in his first Elimination Chamber Match.
Although Randy Orton was originally slated to compete in the Chamber, a concussion on the Feb. 13 Raw SuperShow would prevent him from doing so. This paved the way for Santino Marella to leave the WWE Universe in a state of shock. The Italian Stallion overcame competitors from Raw, SmackDown and WWE NXT in a grueling Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal set up by SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to earn the right to replace The Viper. Is the enthusiastic former Intercontinental Champion up to the challenge that awaits him on the most chaotic stop on The Road to WrestleMania?
With the World Heavyweight Championship hanging in the balance, these WWE Superstars are sure to put it all on the line in this career-altering bout. The Road to WrestleMania runs through Elimination Chamber, live on pay-per-view, Feb. 19 at 8 ET / 5 PT
Divas Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Tamina Snuka
A new threat to dominant Divas Champion Beth Phoenix has emerged, in the form of the ultra-intense challenger Tamina Snuka. Can "The Warrior Princess" dethrone The Glamazon when the two clash for the title at WWE EliminationChamber?
Having plowed through the Divas division since winning the "Butterfly Championship" at WWE Hell in a Cell last October, Phoenix recently declared to WWE.com that she was bored with her lack of competition. In no uncertain terms, she stated that there are no legitimate contenders to her title and plans on being Divas Champion forever. (WATCH)
However, Tamina has apparently taken issue with The Glamazon’s bold pronouncements. The daughter of WWE Hall of Famer "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka has proven herself a tough and animalistic opponent, one that Beth has yet to best one-on-one in the squared circle – though the two dangerous Divas have certainly seen what the other can do in through tag team showdowns.
The fuse to their explosive pay-per-view showdown was lit on the Feb. 10 edition of SmackDown. After defeating an agile Alicia Fox, Phoenix prepared to inflict further harm on her conquered adversary. However, The Fabulous Firebird's assault was interrupted when Tamina’s music hit the speakers and the tenacious second-generation Diva stormed the ring.
Rather than attacking each other, their eyes locked in an intense stare down – each wearing a hint of a smile that seemed to indicate that they both welcomed the other's challenge. Whether it was a sign of mutual respect, enmity or amusement, that shared look foreshadowed a looming bout between the pair. (PHOTOS)
Beth Phoenix might have spoken too soon when she declared that there were no worthy rivals left for her in the Divas division. Tamina will bring not only her impressive size, strength and speed to the ring, but also a proven and impactful weapon – her father’s earth-shattering splash off the top rope.
When the powerhouse Divas Champion faces her most feral foe will she be able to continue her dominant run on top? Find out when WWE Elimination Chamber airs live on pay-per-view Sunday, Feb. 19, starting at 8 ET / 5 PT.
At tonight’s TNA house show in Beckley, West Virginia, Tara suffered what is believed to be a knee injury in a bout with Gail Kim for the TNA Women’s Knockouts Championship. She had to be helped to the back by Ronnie Lange of Atlas Security, and paramedics in the building were alerted.
Tara also "Injured' her knee at the Agasint All Odds PPV, causing her to lose the match. So it is unknown at this time if this is a storyline or not.
•Big Show & The Great Khali def. Wade Barrett & Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes (PHOTOS) •Hunico def. Ted DiBiase (PHOTOS) •WWE Tag Team Champions Epico & Primo def. The Usos (PHOTOS) •World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus (Disqualification) (PHOTOS) •Jinder Mahal def. Ezekiel Jackson (PHOTOS) •Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox def. Beth Phoenix & Natalya (PHOTOS) •Santino Marella wins the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal (PHOTOS)
FRESNO, Calif. – In a stunning turn of events, Santino Marella shocked the WWE Universe, triumphing in an impromptu Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal to claim a pod in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday!
Santino Marella wins the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal (WATCH | PHOTOS) Accepting SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long's invitation, Superstars from SmackDown, Raw and WWE NXT competed for the opportunity of a lifetime – the right to replace the injured Randy Orton in the Chamber. (WATCH)
With such a prestigious opportunity on the line, the competition was fierce from the word go. The desire to have a chance at the World Heavyweight Title created a slew of incredible moments including Primo eliminating his own cousin Epico, an action-packed struggle between Primo and Justin Gabriel to stay in the match and Hunico and Ted DiBiase eliminating each other.
In the end, it would all come down to four Superstars: Ezekiel Jackson, Drew McIntyre, David Otunga and the unlikely Santino Marella. With the WWE Universe behind him, Santino eliminated Drew. Then, minutes later when Jackson charged toward him, the Italian Superstar pulled down the rope, causing The Personification of Domination to fall to the ringside floor.
David Otunga quickly looked to pick up the pieces, launching a major offensive on his one remaining roadblock to glory. But, no matter what he did, he could not overcome Santino's spirit. And, when Otunga got a running start to hurl his resilient opponent over the top rope, Santino countered, sending John Laurinaitis' legal counsel to his defeat. Santino Marella survived the odds and would be heading to WWE Elimination Chamber! (MATCH PREVIEW) SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long gets a surprise visit from Raw Interim General Manager John Laurinaitis (WATCH)
Tamina Snuka & Alicia Fox def. Beth Phoenix & Natalya (WATCH | PHOTOS) Just when it looked like Alicia Fox was about to tap-out to Natalya's Sharpshooter, the referee was suddenly overcome by a terrible odor in the vicinity of the Diva action. As Natalya began to argue argued with the official, A-Fox promptly tagged in Tamina, who overcame the third-generation Diva with a splash off the top rope. When Beth Phoenix charged after her No. 1 contender after the bell, “The Warrior Princess” caught her with a powerful kick. But, when she tried for a follow-up splash, The Glamazon got herself out of the ring at the last second. But, just who will walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber with the Divas Championship remains to be seen. (MATCH PREVIEW) Jinder Mahal def. Ezekiel Jackson (WATCH | PHOTOS) In a fierce battle, Jinder Mahal utilized the excruciating Camel Clutch to make the powerful Ezekiel Jackson tap out. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal (WATCH) Following the earlier announcement that Randy Orton’s concussion would prevent him from competing in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday (WATCH), Teddy Long decided to offer one Superstar the opportunity of a lifetime – decreeing that any available competitors from SmackDown, Raw or WWE NXT would be eligible to take part in a main event Elimination Chamber Wild Card Battle Royal to determine The Viper’s replacement.
World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan def. Sheamus by Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS) With both Randy Orton and Big Show gone from the building, a bragging Daniel Bryan emerged to declare that he would prove everyone wrong yet again by beating the odds and defending his title at WWE Elimination Chamber this Sunday. Bryan then demanded ring announcer Lilian Garcia declare him the winner of his scheduled match with WWE's Apex Predator by forfeit. But, Theodore Long soon burst his bubble, informing him that he would be facing Sheamus instead. In the climax of the knockdown drag-out showdown that followed, the World Heavyweight Champion purposely provoked the ire of The Great White, spitting directly in his face. When the referee tried to separate the angry Celtic Warrior from Bryan, Sheamus threw the official to the ground – bringing the disqualification defeat upon him. Once again, Daniel Bryan walked out victorious due to controversial circumstances. WWE Tag Team Champions Epico & Primo def. The Usos (WATCH | PHOTOS) When a confident Jimmy Uso leaped at Primo off the top rope to deliver the splash, his resourceful adversary picked up his knees to block the assault. This set up the WWE Tag Team Champion to hit the Backstabber for the victory, serving as the prelude to another sultry dance by Rosa Mendes. Hunico def. Ted DiBiase (WATCH | PHOTOS) One week ago, Ted DiBiase scored a quick win over Hunico, despite the fact that the gutsy Superstar was competing with a still-injured wrist. This week, after DiBiase exacerbated his injury while executing a fierce dropkick, Camacho grabbed his damaged appendage and pulled it over the ropes with great force. This disruption allowed Hunico to roll his opponent up for a quick victory of his own. Big Show destroys SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long's office (WATCH) Demanding a match with World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan – who attacked him with the World Title on Raw SuperShow – a furious Big Show hit the WMD on Mark Henry and destroyed Teddy Long’s office in an absolute rage. Despite Teddy's attempts to get extra security, in the end, it was the giant that later voluntarily vacated the arena.
Big Show & The Great Khali def. Wade Barrett & Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes (WATCH | PHOTOS) In a match between SmackDown Elimination Chamber participants, Big Show teamed with The Great Khali against the crafty combination of Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes. When The World's Largest Athlete tagged into the match, the fired up giant unleashed an absolutely dominant assault on both of his opponents. Hurling Rhodes backwards out of the ring with tremendous force, the enormous competitor overcame The Barrett Barrage with a devastating chokeslam.
As the smoke cleared, Big Show delivered the WMD to Khali, sending the message that it will truly be every Superstar for himself this Sunday in the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match. (MATCH PREVIEW)
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long Takes Randy Orton out of Elimination Chamber (WATCH) Due to a concussion suffered at the hands Daniel Bryan on Raw four days earlier, The Viper was told by Teddy Long that he will not be cleared to compete on SmackDown or the Elimination Chamber in two days. Knowing Orton's temperament, the GM had security waiting to meet him outside his office to escort him out of the building.
According to PWTorch, TNA Impact Wrestling on Thursday, February 16 scored a 1.06 rating, exactly the same as last week's year-low rating, despite following a PPV and featuring a mainstream appearance by N.Y. Giants star Brandon Jacobs.
Impact Wrestling averaged 1.52 million viewers, which was slightly up compared to an average of 1.50 million viewers last week.
Impact Wrestling declined in key demographic ratings of males & adults 18-34 and males & adults 18-49. Only the teen male demographics were up compared to last week.
Impact Wrestling's m18-34 rating was tied for the lowest of the year, the m18-49 rating was the lowest since December 22, and the a18-49 rating was also the lowest since December.
On cable TV Thursday night, Impact Wrestling ranked #31 in overall viewers, #19 among males 18-34, and #14 among males 18-49, knocking Impact Wrestling out of their usual rank within or close to the Top 10.
Q1: The show after a PPV, Impact opened with a year-low 0.99 rating, which followed last week's year-low 1.03 rating in Q1. The segment featured Bobby Roode's seemingly-weekly show-opening confrontation with Sting, set up for a World Title match, and one full commercial break. (down 15.9% vs. 2011-Q1 average)
Q2: Impact increased slightly to a 1.03 rating for the Roode vs. Jeff Hardy TNA World Title match and one commercial break. (down 10.9% vs. 2011-Q2 average)
Q3: Impact dropped slightly to a 1.00 rating for post-match activity and two commercial breaks following the title match. (down 14.3% vs. 2011-Q3 average)
Q4: Impact increased slightly to a first-hour-high 1.04 rating for the X Division tag match, plus one commercial break. (down 7.5% vs. 2011-Q4 average)
Q5: Impact jumped to a 1.23 rating for the Knockouts battle royal and pre and post-match activity. There was also one commercial break. (even vs. 2011-Q5 average of a 1.23 rating)
Q6: After increasing 18 percent in Q5, Impact declined 18 percent in Q6 to a 1.00 rating, which is where TNA hovered for most of the first hour. The segment featured Eric Bischoff's celebratory promo, various non-wrestling and backstage segments, and one commercial break. (down 13.8% vs. 2011-Q6 average)
Q7: Impact steadily rebounded in the final half-hour, starting with a 1.04 rating in Q7. The segment featured the Bully Ray vs. James Storm #1 contender match and one commercial break. (down 8.8% vs. 2011-Q7 average)
Q8: Impact increased to a 1.11 rating (even with the previous two weeks) for the post-match angle involving Ray, Storm, and NFL star Brandon Jacobs, followed by one commercial break, Sting setting up Roode vs. Storm at Lockdown, and Roode's show-ending attack on Sting. (down 5.7% vs. 2011-Q8 average)
On the taping of februari 16th we saw Chesea return to TNA. Chelsea who left the company about a year ago was then the valet of Desmond Wolfe but now she's back as a member of a Immortal as she was standing next to Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair and Gunner.
TNA Impact Wrestling Results February 16, 2012 in Orlando, FL
* Bobby Roode opened up the show gloating about his victory against his three opponents at Against All Odds. Sting interrupts and announces that tonight, Roode will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Jeff Hardy in a No DQ Match. He said that he hopes Roode is ready because that match is next!
(1) Bobby Roode defeated Jeff Hardy in a No DQ Match when Kurt Angle interfered allowing Roode to hit a spear for the pinfall. Roode retains the World Heavyweight title.
(2) Austin Aries and Zema Ion defeated Alex Shelley and Shannon Moore in a tag team match. Aries was about to hit his Brainbuster on Shelley when Ion made a blind tag. While Shelley escaped the move, he got rolled up by Ion to give the heels the win.
(3) Madison Rayne won a 10-Knockout Battle Royal to earn a shot at Gail Kim's Title. Velvet Sky eliminated Sarita and thought she won when Madison Rayne (who was sitting with Gail Kim at ringside) came in and eliminated her. Order of elimination: 1. Winter, 2. Brooke Tessmacher, 3. Rosita, 4. Mickie James, 5. ODB, 6. Tara, 7. Angelina Love, 8. Sarita, 9. Velvet Sky.
* Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair, Gunner and Chelsea came to the ring. Bischoff said a few final things about Garett Bischoff and told Garett not to come back.
(4) James Storm defeated Bully Ray in a #1 Contender's Match with a Last Call. After the match, Ray jumped Storm before New York Giants player, Brandon Jacobs showed up and had a faceoff with Ray. TNA Agents came in to separate the two before things really got out of hand.
* Sting comes out and calls out Bobby Roode. Sting announces that Bobby Roode will defend the World Heavyweight Title against James Storm in a Steel Cage at Lockdown. Bobby attacks Sting and lays him out with the championship belt.
WWE Superstars Results February 16, 2012 Taped 2/13 & 2/14 Report by Justin James, PWTorch contributor
1 - AKSANA vs. MAXINE
Since when does Maxine get to be on Superstars? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, but it's unusual. Even more unusual was a video package recalling NXT's ending as Maxine walks out. NXT never gets referenced! I also like how Aksana's 'Tron has videos of her with Teddy Long.
Aksana with a pair of armdrags and an armbar to start things off. Maxine shoves her into the ropes to get a break, but Aksana goes with kicks and a snapmare for a two count. It's like watching an Eastern European, female version of Yoshi Tatsu. Maxine powers out of a hold and gets a drop toehold to send Aksana into the ropes. Maxine with power and a chinlock that looks like she's going to rip Aksana's head off. Aksana can't get any traction as Maxine covers her twice without a win.
Dragon Sleeper on the mat from Maxine, but Aksana gets out. Maxine with an atomic drop and bullies Aksana in the corner. Maxine continues to dominate. Aksana with an elbow on a corner charge to regain control. Some goofy slam gets two for Aksana. Aksana with a pair of shoulder tackles and a rough bodyslam for two. Maxine hits a big right, but Aksana slides under a clothesline and hits a spinebuster for the win.
WINNER: Aksana in 5:00. Aksana's in-ring action needs a good bit of polish, but Maxine is progressing nicely. Sad to see Maxine take a loss here, though.
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They replayed the HBK-Triple H promo from Monday. Yeah, when I get mad, I cut my hair, too, and put together video packages that remind folks of David Fincher films.
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2 -- U.S. champion JACK SWAGGER vs. MASON RYAN -- non-title match
Nice to see that Jack Swagger and the U.S. Championship still exist. I was just wondering where Mason Ryan was a few days ago too.
Swagger shouts in Ryan's face, but he isn't scared. Ryan shrugs off some of Swagger's offense, then throws Swagger out of the ring. Ryan lands a shoulder tackle, but Swagger cuts his leg out. Swagger runs head-first into a fist. Ryan gets a one count on a fallaway slam, then Swagger trips Ryan into the turnbuckle and dives at Ryan's leg.
Swagger goes to work in the corner and even manages a belly-to-belly on the huge Ryan for a one count. Swagger with control on the mat, but Ryan counters a running splash with a flapjack. Ryan heats it up with his usual offensive barrage. Swagger with a leg takedown, but Ryan kicks away from the Anklelock. Ryan with a full nelson, but Swagger jumps over the ropes for a break. Swagger beats Ryan's leg on the ringpost and dives at the leg. Swagger applies the Anklelock and Ryan taps.
WINNER: Swagger via submission in 5:00. Mason Ryan may not be too credible with the wins and losses, but his size allows a win over him to give Swagger some juice. Swagger did a good job at covering for Ryan's deficiencies, but Ryan looks almost dangerously sloppy on many of his throws and slams.
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The Raw Rebound aired.
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3 -- WWE tag champions EPICO & PRIMO (w/Rosa Mendes) vs. SANTINO MARELLA & ALEX RILLEY -- non-title tag match
Marella and Epico lead off and Josh Mathews actually calls Santino the Jeremy Lin of WWE. Epico ducks an early Cobra attempt. Lock-up and Marella with an armdrag and helicopter, but Epico puts a boot into Marella. Marella with a pair of drop toeholds. Epico gets on his feet and eats canvas again on another toehold. Riley tags in and controls Epico some more. Primo tags in, but Riley controls him, too. Primo gets some traction, but not for long. Marella tags in, tries to go off the top rope, but gets scared, so he lands an axe handle from the bottom rope. Marella continues to control Primo, including yet another drop toehold. Marella with a hip toss and Sailor Salute headbutt, but Primo heads to the corner to avoid a Cobra. Epico with a distraction to give Primo a chance to ambush Marella.
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Out of the break, Primo is beating on Marella. Leg drop for two from Primo. Primo stomps on the Cobra sock and settles into a side chinlock. Meanwhile, Rosa struts her stuff ringside, drawing cat calls. Primo shrugs off a sunset flip and tags Epico in. The heels isolate Marella in the corner. Double suplex only draws one for Primo. Riley begs for the hot tag, but Marella is grounded with another chinlock.
Marella with the Santino Stunner to get the space for the tag, and Epico tags in, too. Riley with hot offense. Faceplant for two, but Primo breaks up the pin. Riley dumps Primo, but Epico slips out of the Final Score, sends Riley into the ringpost, and catches him with the Backstabber on the rebound for the pin and win.
WINNERS: Epico & Primo in 10:00. Entertaining match. All four have their merits in the ring and they showed them off well here. I'm looking forward to seeing Alex Riley against Titus O'Neil on NXT next week.
According to the official website of WWE developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling, the wrestler known as Chris Hero has been officially named Kassius Ohno.
The independent wrestling circuit standout recently reached a developmental contract agreement with WWE after passing a field of medical tests. Hero and tag team partner Claudio Castagnoli were offered contracts last summer after participating in a private workout with company officials. Castagnoli signed but Hero did not due to naturally elevated testosterone/epitestosterone levels, according to the Wrestling Observer. WWE won't sign individuals who test positive for steroids in their drug testing.
"It took forever and a ton of testing to prove the reading was actually natural and it was quite the process," the Observer wrote of WWE signing Hero.
- WWE's story on Randy Orton's concussion from Monday's RAW is that he suffered a concussion when Daniel Bryan hit him with the World Heavyweight Title but this is likely just a storyline reason. During the match against Big Show when the injury occurred, Orton can be seen getting up and his legs weren't steady, after delivering the RKO to Big Show. Orton got up from the RKO slowly and immediately grabbed his head.
Backstage at RAW on Monday, nobody knew Orton was injured or at least they weren't talking about it.
Bully Ray Interview: Talks Team 3D Split, Fan Hate And More
TNA Wrestler Bully Ray Spoke with the UK Sun regarding a number of topics including the split with his Team 3D tag partner Devon, being a heel and more: Below is a quick recap
On the fan hate: "I get off on the fact that people hate me so much. When I'm in the ring there is nothing about my act that I want you to enjoy. When I'm the bad guy, I want you to hate me more than anybody else. I want you to hate me more than you love the other guy. I don't want to bring a smile to your face, I don't want you to cheer me."
On the Team 3D split: "There have been plenty of people that told me I should have broken away from Team 3D a long time ago, but I kept it together for very good reasons. Financial reasons, fun reasons. Me and D-Von are the most successful team in the world in the past 20 years. Hands down, no arguments. How do we measure success? We measure it in two ways in the wrestling business — money and world titles. You can't tell me another team in the past 20 years that has made more money or had more championship reigns. I'm not saying we are the greatest tag team in the world — I would never, ever say that. That's pompous, That's bulls***, but we are the most successful tag team in the world."
- TNA sources are indicating that Vince Russo was released from his position as a lead writer for the company's creative team. The decision was not much of a surprise as much of the direction in recent months had been directed by Bruce Prichard and Eric Bischoff with Vince Russo and Matt Conway writing the actual scripts of the shows, which were then filtered through the aforementioned and tweaked the day of production.
- Dixie Carter's Twitter statement on Russo leaving was the first official word many in the company had heard on Russo's status within the company. The statement also makes it appear that both sides (TNA & Vince Russo) have agreed not to speak badly of each other.
- Dave Lagana, who was hired by the company for Ring Ka King, was at this week's round of TV helping with production and offering feedback and some creative input. Going forward, it is expected he will be working with Matt Conway on scripts but it is not seen as a replacement of Vince Russo's position as much as someone who was working for the company taking on some additional responsibilities.
- Rumors that Dave Lagana replaced Russo started because Lagana's position with the company was labeled "Creative Director." This is actually the job title he was given when TNA hired him.
- The Russo departure will leave the company without one of Dixie's top confidantes and in a way, top scapegoat, as there was certainly a segment of fans prepared to blame Russo for anything that was booked that they didn't like from a logical standpoint.
LIVE from Rapid City, South Dakota (ignore Tony Schiavone, it's not Iowa), the Fall of '98 Series returns from it's hiatus!
Barbarian vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Lex Luger challenges Bret Hart, Tokyo Magnum vs. Eddie Guerrero, Saturn vs. Kanyon, Sick Boy vs. Steve 'Mongo' McMichael, Hollywood Hogan on the mic, Stevie Ray(c) vs. Chris Jericho - TV Title, Eric Bischoff on the mic, Lizmark Jr. vs. Psychosis vs. Rey Mysterio Jr., Lex Luger vs. Bret Hart(c) - US Title, Juventud Guerrera(c) vs. Kidman - Cruiserweight Title, Raven vs. Horace - Raven's Rules, Curt Hennig vs. Konnan, Scott Hall and Giant(c) vs. Sting and Kevin Nash - Tag Titles, Meng vs. Goldberg(c) - nWo Lumberjack match - World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio Disliked by WWE Colleagues Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/15/2012 at 10:54 PM
The Wrestling Observer reports that Alberto Del Rio is disliked by some of his WWE colleagues due to how he carries himself and the belief that his position in the company is unwarranted.
The two-time WWE Champion is seen as off-putting behind the scenes as he portrays himself as a master backstage politician and struts around as a superstar. There is also a perception that he is not over to the level of his sizable push as his matches and promos garner tepid reactions from the audience. Company officials, however, are receptive to the Mexican grappler as they feel he has superstar potential because he's bilingual, tall and has a "great movie star look." His push is also fueled by the company's need for Hispanic stars given the lack of clarity regarding the long-term futures of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.
Meanwhile, Del Rio admitted during an interview last week with Bay area sports radio station 95.7 FM The Game that he doesn't like many of his WWE peers. When asked who he liked the least, the second-generation wrestler said that he hates The Miz.
"This is not part of the show. I really dislike that guy. I've tried to punch him in the face several times, not in the ring I mean outside the ring, but he's just like a little girl, he's always running away from me," Del Rio said.
"There's a big difference between The Miz and I, I'm a real athlete, he's just a loud stupid little kid. He's probably one of those guys that was bullied when he was in school, that's the reason he's now oh so loud and he wants to get attention from everybody, but in my case he's the real deal."
Del Rio capped off his Miz rant by saying that he doesn't have many female fans because "he's fat and ugly."
HHH Wants More Spanish-Speaking Wrestlers Hired Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/15/2012 at 07:55 PM
Triple H reportedly wants more Spanish-speaking wrestlers signed since he believes the Hispanic market is a major key to the prosperity of WWE. More specifically, he wants wrestlers who can conduct interviews in both English and Spanish. Rosa Mendes in particular has been directed to yell at ringside in Spanish as much as possible since she's bilingual.
The Miz has as much heat as anyone in WWE, but it has little to do with him not catching R-Truth during the Six-Pack Challenge on last week's Raw SuperShow. Rather, the animosity is being attributed to his obnoxious behavior as many of his co-workers are turned off by it.
"The feeling is he's like a little frat boy who is loud and has to be the center of attention," the Wrestling Observer says.
As reported last week, it is widely believed within WWE that his work has regressed, both in the squared circle and verbally. When he was low on the totem pole, he appeared motivated and forced management to make him a headliner. He is now back to mid-card status and isn’t giving WWE much reason to elevate him again.
Dixie Carter Confirms Vince Russo's Departure Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/14/2012 at 04:33 PM
- TNA President Dixie Carter announced the following:
"TNA and Vince Russo have mutually parted ways as of this week. The separation is amicable and professional. We are glad for the opportunity to have worked together and wish each other nothing but good luck and success in the future."
WWE Posts Update on Randy Orton's Injury Posted by Steve Carrier on 02/14/2012 at 10:45 PM
- The following comes from WWE.com:
"WWE medical personnel have confirmed that Randy Orton suffered a concussion on Raw SuperShow when World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan smashed Orton over the head with his title.
"Randy sustained head trauma following his match with Big Show, in which Daniel Bryan interfered, and he was evaluated in the training room immediately afterward," WWE physician Dr. Michael Sampson told WWE.com "Due to his symptoms as well as his neurological evaluation, he was diagnosed with a concussion. We will be doing more testing to see how he's going to do as far as short term vs. long term."
Orton will not be cleared to compete in the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match this Sunday."
- The Wrestling Globe reports that WWE officials have decided to put Brodus Clay's "Funkasaurus" gimmick on hold for the time being. Word is that Vince McMahon feels that Clay's ring work wasn't where it needed to be for WWE TV.
The match against Heath Slater was cut from SmackDown a few weeks back when the decision was made that Clay needed to work on his in-ring skills.
•Chris Jericho def. Kofi Kingston (PHOTOS | WATCH) •Randy Orton def. Big Show (PHOTOS | WATCH) •R-Truth def. Dolph Ziggler (PHOTOS | WATCH) •Tamina Snuka def. Brie Bella (PHOTOS | WATCH) •CM Punk def. The Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH)
WWE Raw SuperShow results: Has Cena embraced the hate? By: Kara A. Medalis February 13, 2012 Tags: WWE Raw SuperShow: February 13, 2012, CM Punk, Chris Jericho
SAN DIEGO - Zack Ryder's night went from bad to worse on Raw SuperShow, as Long Island Iced-Z's crush, Eve, kissed his friend, John Cena, after Kane tried to kidnap her. Then, The Big Red Monster viciously tossed a wheelchair-bound Ryder off the stage, leaving him motionless on the ground before he had to be taken out of the arena on a stretcher by emergency medical professionals.
Did John Cena embrace the hate? (PHOTOS | WATCH) John Cena came before the WWE Unvierse, denying any involvement with Eve, apologizing to his friend, Zack Ryder. After talking to the WWE Universe about his match against The Rock at WrestleMania XXVIII (PREVIEW) and promising to defeat Kane in Sunday's Ambulance Match (PREVIEW), Cena was confronted by Long Island Iced-Z with a slap! When Ryder tried to hit his former friend a second time, Cena blocked him, causing the injured Superstar to fall to the mat. Then Kane appeared before a remorseful and frustrated Cena, congratulating him on embracing the hate by stealing his best friend's love. When Cena turned his back for a moment, Kane pushed a wheelchair-bound Ryder off the stage, leaving him to be stretchered out of the arena!
The extent of Ryder's injuries has yet to be determined, but WWE.com has learned that he was rushed to a San Diego trauma center for observation.
CM Punk def. The Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH) Less than a week before Elimination Chamber, CM Punk continued to prove why he’s the WWE Champion, defeating The Miz with an Anaconda Vise. Will The Straight Edge Superstar reinforce why he’s The Best in the World this Sunday when he defends his title in the Elimination Chamber?
Eve kissed John Cena (WATCH) Kane kidnapped Eve, taunting her and locking her in the back of an ambulance. John Cena ran to help, and she was freed before Kane could drive off with the former Divas Champion. Then Eve passionately kissed a stunned Cena, as a lovelorn Zack Ryder sadly witnessed.
Tamina Snuka def. Brie Bella (PHOTOS | WATCH) With a second consecutive victory on Raw, Tamina Snuka’s forward momentum continued. She thwarted The Bellas’ Twin Magic, defeating Brie. Tamina, the daughter of legendary WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, is channeling the essence of her father, but will it be enough this Sunday when she challenges Beth Phoenix for the Divas Title at Elimination Chamber? (PREVIEW)
R-Truth def. Dolph Ziggler (PHOTOS | WATCH) Dolph Ziggler’s showboating got the best of him, suffering another loss on his way to Elimination Chamber this Sunday. R-Truth earned a quick victory over the showoff, giving Little Jimmy another reason to cheer.
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels returned to Raw (PHOTOS | WATCH) HBK confronted Triple H, begging for an answer to the question on everyone’s mind – why would he decline the chance to end Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania XXVIII? The WWE COO said he’s not a sellout or a coward, but he doesn’t want to end The Deadman’s mystique because it's bad for business. Triple H said he, Michaels and Undertaker are "the end of an era," and he's "not the one to end that era." Then, Undertaker appeared on the TitanTron, revealing a shocking moment, taking a razor to his hair and proclaiming "vengeance will be mine." (Get HBK's Diary of a Heartbreak Kid eBook)
Randy Orton def. Big Show by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH) This past Friday on SmackDown, an explosive match between World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton resulted in an Orton-Big Show brawl that continued after the show went off the air (WATCH | EXCLUSIVE POST MATCH BRAWL),
On Raw, Daniel Bryan interrupted the match between two of his Elimination Chamber opponents, causing WWE's Apex Predator to defeat the giant by disqualification. After The Viper hit his opponent with a vicious RKO, Bryan – who was on commentary – slid into the ring at hit Orton and then The World’s Largest Athlete with the World Heavyweight Title, standing tall less than a week before Elimination Chamber.
Chris Jericho def. Kofi Kingston (PHOTOS | WATCH) After participating in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Debate, Jericho returned to singles action on Raw SuperShow. The first-ever Unidsputed Champion earned his first victory in almost a year and a half with a Codebreaker, defeating Kofi Kingston just six days before they meet at the pay-per-view.
WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Debate kicked off Raw SuperShow (PHOTOS) WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler moderated a heated debate between the Superstars competing for the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber this Sunday – R-Truth, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Chris Jericho and WWE Champion CM Punk. Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis also thanked the WWE Board of Directors for letting him keep his position as Interim Raw General Manager and announced three matches for Raw SuperShow: R-Truth vs. Ziggler, The Miz vs. Punk and Kingston vs. Jericho.
Jesse Sorensen Expected To Make A Full Recovery Today, 05:48 PM Posted by 404 in Latest TNA Wrestling News & Rumors According to Prowrestling.net, Injured TNA wrestler Jesse Sorensen showed significant improvement on Monday after fracturing his C1 vertebrae at Sunday's Against All Odds pay-per-view. He is said to be getting the feeling back in his legs slowly but surely, and doctors now expect a full recovery.
According to Prowrestling.net, the injury that Jesse Sorensen suffered is a broken C1 vertebrae; the top vertebrae in his spine that connects the spine to the skull. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time.
Here is the latest update on the Vince Russo-TNA deal.
Citaat:As of right now, Dave Lagana is not replacing Vince Russo on the TNA creative team. As noted earlier, Lagana is backstage at tonight's Against All Odds PPV and working in an agent/producer role.
Some within TNA believe Vince Russo is gone as he is not backstage tonight. Nobody seems to know for sure what his status is and nobody was told anything in production meetings today.
The TNA creative team has had Vince Russo and Matt Conway writing most of the scripts for iMPACT!. Bruce Prichard would then approve those scripts with feedback from Eric Bischoff.
Here are some new details on the TNA creative team shake-up:
* Dave Lagana was working on helping with pre-taped segments only at the TNA PPV. It doesn't appear as if he has been promoted or is replacing Vince Russo yet.
* Russo was not at the show and it does appear as if changes to the creative team are in the works. No official announcement on anything has been made to the wrestlers or staff.
* It appears as if the lackluster ratings for the recent iMPACT! shows in London, England may have been the final straw to cause changes.
* Eric Bischoff would have been part of the decision to get Vince Russo out of power within the TNA creative team. The feeling backstage right now is that Russo is out and that he won't be retained in any capacity with TNA.
* Russo's exit would likely result in Bischoff having more power. Bischoff has consistently disagreed with Russo on TNA's booking and storylines.
* As of now, Bruce Prichard is still head of TNA's creative team. Wherever Dave Lagana ends up, it'll be below Prichard and Bischoff.
* At this point, it seems as if Lagana's role won't really be expanding. He has downplayed his role, another sign that he hasn't been promoted.
In an update on earlier reports, Vince Russo is out as TNA head writer. The move happened several days ago. As of right now, Dave Lagana will be taking his place. Lagana is at the show tonight but is only working as a producer as this point, not a creative head. He had been working for TNA's Ring Ka King promotion.
Vince Russo is not backstage tonight.
Lagana tweeted the following earlier today: "And we are off and running... The calm before the storm."
#1 Contender’s Match for X Title: Ion Def. Sorensen via Countout World Television Championship: Robbie E Def. Shannon Moore via pinfall Knockouts Championship: Gail Kim Def. Tara via pinfall Tag Team Championship: Samoa Joe & Magnus Def. Matt Morgan & Crimson via pinfall X-Division Title: Austin Aries Def. Alex Shelley via submission Challenge Match: Kazarian Def. AJ Styles via pinfall Gunner Def. Garett Bischoff via pinfall Heavyweight Title Match: Bobby Roode Def. Jeff Hardy James Storm & Bully Ray via pinfall
Results from the Against All Odds Pay-Per-View
#1 Contender’s Match for X-Division Championship: Sorensen gave an impressive showing for this match against Ion. Both competitors pulled out the stops for the chance to wrestle for the X Division Title. Early on Sorensen pulled an intense looking Hurricanrana on Ion. However, after a brutal high risk move from the top rope from Ion, he took out Sorensen with a knee to the head prompting medical personnel to rush to the scene. This made Zema Ion the winner of the match by count out and the new number one contender for the X Division Title.
World Television Championship: Robbie E made an impromptu appearance creating a special Robbie E Invitational open challenge to get a shot at the Television Championship. After some waiting Shannon Moore came out to take on the TV Champion. After some back and forth Robbie E attempted to leave to get the count out but Shannon Moore wouldn’t let that happen. Robbie E managed to maintain control of the match and after throwingMoore into the guardrail the Jersey side of Robbie E came out to do everything he can to breakdown Moore and retain the championship. Moore managed to get back into the match with some impressive high risk moves, however with some outside help from Robbie T in the form of a massive punch that wasn’t seen by the ref, Robbie E was able to get the pin and retain the TV Title.
Knockouts Championship: Gail came into this match with her tag team partner Madison Rayne at ringside who as usual made sure the entire arena knew she was there. Gail Kim managed to dominate throughout the entire first part of the match all while arguing with her tag partner throughout, however part of the way through Rayne had enough and left. Tara managed to finally get ahead in the match and almost picked up the pin after a top rope moonsault that seemed to further damage her injured knee. Gail Kim took advantage of this and worked on Tara’s injured knee, which led to her picking up the pinfall to retain the Knockouts Championship
Tag Team Championship This championship match started strong with Joe and Morgan and setting the pace for the rest of the match. Morgan and Crimson maintained dominance of the first part of the match but after some outside interference, Joe and Magnus managed to pull things in their favor. Joe and Magnus seemed to dictate the speed of the match making frequent tags and keeping things going. Morgan managed to turn things from the favor of the challengers’, however after an accidental spear from Crimson on his own partner Joe and Magnus came out victorious with a combo that allowed Magnus to get the pin on Morgan to become new World Tag Team Champions.
X-Division Championship: Austin Aries started things off with a little bit of showboating, which ended up being a bad idea as Shelley took advantage of Aries being and capitalized by wearing down Austin Aries. However it was short lived as Shelley momentarily lost track of his opponent, which led to Aries taking out Shelly from behind. After some brutal back and forth it seemed that Shelley had the championship within his grasp however due to Aries’ amazing ring awareness he was able to grab the rope to stop the count. Following what was a very exciting match, with many near pinfalls that prompted the crowd to chant “this is awesome!” on numerous occasions, Aries picked up the win via a submission using his “last chancery” submission move.
Challenge Match: The start of this match seemed to release a lot of frustration from AJ Styles who ripped off the Christopher Daniels T shirt Kazarian was wearing (available at ShopTNA.com). Styles’ maintained dominance for the most part throughout the first part of the match while also keeping an eye on Daniels. Christopher Daniels continued his control of Kazarian at ringside. Kazarian managed to gain the upper hand in the match and gradually tear down Styles while getting guidance from Daniels, who was prompting him to tear down Styles. The match went on with the two competitors tearing each other down little by little. What seemed to be a springboard to finish taking out Kazarian, Styles instead goes back and takes out Danials with an incredible moonsault off the top rope onto Daniels outside of the ring. However, this was to Styles’ own detriment as Kazarian was able to pull himself together and take out Styles for the pinfall to get the win.
Gunner with Eric Bischoff vs. Garett Bischoff with Hulk Hogan: After Gunner starts out toying with Garett, Garett retaliated with a vengeance pulling out some quick moves that put Gunner back on his feet. With a cheap shot from Eric Bischoff on his own son, Hogan got involved and took out Eric Bischoff. After witnessing Gunner relentlessly beat on Garett, Hogan almost threw in the towel for Garett but was stopped by Garett. Though he is a rookie in this game Garett put forth a strong showing, however dispite his efforts Gunner was able to workover Garett and pick up the pinfall after a DDT.
World Heavyweight Championship: With Sting as the special enforcer, The Heavyweight Title match started with Ray leaving the ring and looking onward to wait for what one would assume to be an opportunity to take advantage of. Meanwhile the other three competitors are tearing each other down in the ring with Hardy and Storm working together to tear down Roode when they can. Finally, Ray saw the opportunity to take out Hardy and Storm with a clothesline but was not able to translate it into a pinfall on Roode. After Storm and Roode being taken out Ray went to work on Hardy. Finally Roode and Storm made it back into the match where these two regained the advantage through working together, but with their back on Ray he was able to take all three out, though he could not get a pin out of it. After a couple instances of the Referee missing what would have turned out to be obvious pins because he was injured, the ref finally came too and Storm almost became World Champ but was cut short by Ray pulling out the ref. In the end after Roode attempted to take out Hardy with the belt, Sting stoped him but Roode spit in his face causing Sting to take a swing at Roode but instead hitting Hardy. Roode goes for the pin on Hardy, which must be enforced by Sting due to the Ref being taken out, and as a result Roode gets the three count on Hardy to retain the World Heavyweight Title.
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