There was an apparent knee or leg injury to Mark Henry at last night's WWE live
event in Norfolk, Virginia. Henry was wrestling Kane and lost when he used a
steel chair to get disqualified. During the match, the referee gave the "X"
signal to the back and pointed to Henry's knee a few times. They quickly went to
the DQ steel chair finish and that was it. Henry limped back after the match.
- It was reported in this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that
Maria Kanellis, who appeared for WWE from 2004 to 2010, was among the former
Divas contacted by organization officials to return. The possibility of a
comeback, however, fell through when some unspecified female talent learned of
WWE's interest in Kanellis, causing management to shelf the idea.
2011 and 2012, Kanellis hosted an online show for AfterBuzzTV.com discussing Raw
events, which was most notable for her cryptic remarks regarding the personal
lives of Kelly Kelly and The Bella Twins. Regarding the report and past remarks,
she tweeted Thursday, "As for the other rumors: I have respect for all Divas
including the Bellas and Barbie now. What's past is past.
- As noted, the new WWE head writer is former soap opera writer David Kreizman.
WWE is looking to hire more former soap opera writers, according to
Former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, who writes most of The
Rock's material, has also been stepping up on the creative side. There is still
no real push for Paul Heyman to join the creative team, although he does work
with various wrestlers who seek his advice.
Show starts off with MizTV. Miz has Orton and Sheamus as guests on the show. Sheamus goes on talking about how they need a new partner to take Ryback’s place in the six man tag match at Wrestlemania. Big Show makes his way out to the ring and wants in. Booker T schedules a six man tag main event for them tonight to see if they can co-exist with Big Show.
Match #1 Mark Henry vs. Zack Ryder
Henry beats down Ryder for the majority of the short match. Worlds Strongest Slam.
Winner: Mark Henry
After the match Henry continues with the onslaught until Ryback comes out. They stare down and RybackclotheslinesHenry.
Backstage Booker T seems a little angry that Teddy helped Vickie make Ryback/Henry on Raw.
Match #2 Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston
Ziggler goes in early but gets taken out by some Kofi chops and strikes. Kofi hits the Boom Drop right away. Big E fakes interference and Dolph hits a dropkick. Kofi manages to head to the top but Dolph catches the rope and Kofi falls. Another dropkick from Ziggler. Headlock from Ziggler. Dolph goes for a shoulder charge in the corner but misses. Kofi with the crossbody for a two count. Ziggler locks in the sleeper. SOS from Kofi but Ziggler grabs the rope right before the 3 count. Kofi takes out Big E on the outside but Ziggler hits him with a Fame-Asser and gets him back in the ring for the Zig Zag for the cover.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match Big E brutalizes Kofi.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in the ring. Zeb goes on about breaking Ricardo’s ankle on Raw. Jericho makes his way out.
Match #3 Chris Jericho vs. Jack Swagger
Fight goes outside the ring early but as it goes in Swagger takes control. Shoulder block from Swagger. Jericho with a dropkick for 2. Swagger catches Jericho in mid air and tosses him towards the turnbuckle. Jericho fights back but Swagger sets him up on the top rope. Jericho reverses the suplex attempt and knocks Swagger off the ropes. Flying crossbody from Y2J. Swagger goes back on the offense with strikes for a bit before Jericho starts getting fired up. Ten punch in the corner. Swagger with the ankle lock on Jericho, who flips Swagger out of the ring. Fandango interrupts the match and distracts Jericho. Swagger hits a spinebuster-like move. Jericho almost locks in the walls but Swagger gets out. Jericho goes for the Lionsault but Fandango kicks him in the head. Swagger bomb for the win.
Winner: Jack Swagger
After the match Fandango attacks Jericho.
Match #4 Damien Sandow & Cody Rhodes vs. Tensai & Brodus Clay
Tensai starts off in control and tags in Brodus. Bigclotheslinesfrom Brodus to both of Rhodes Scholars. Big splash in the corner to Rhodes. Bella Twins get on the apron and Naomi attack them Huge brawl starts up between both tag teams and the pairs of divas.
Match #5 The Miz vs. Antonio Cesaro
Wade Barrett on commentary for this. Uppercuts from Cesaro. Cesaro in control for a good portion of the match. Miz gets a comeback going and locks in the figure four leglock, forcing Cesaro to tap out.
Winner: The Miz
Main Event 3MB vs. Randy Orton, Big show & Sheamus
Team Sheamus beats up on Jinder Mahal in the early going. Pure domination from the good guys and they seem to be getting along. Drew Mac in against Big Show. Orton beats up on Slater but Slater manages to take control. Slater with stomps and strikes to Randy. Tag in to McIntyre. Big Show gets in and spears Jinder. Sheamus with a blind tag after McIntyre gets punched out. Sheamus with the Brogue Kick to Jinder for the win.
Winner: Sheamus, Orton & Big Show
Big Show seems a little irritated and confronts Sheamus. As they’re about to brawl, The Shield come out and Show/Sheamus set aside their differences as The Shield retreat.
- Kane recently spoke with NorfolkNavyFlagship.com to promote WrestleMania. Here are some highlights:
JM: With the unfortunate passing of Paul Bearer, would you like to share how he impacted your career?
K: He was an integral part of my early years as Kane. Without Paul Bearer, there wouldn’t have been a Kane, because he was such an important part of that story. Also, we traveled together for a few years, so it was a loss on a personal level for me as well. He came back and managed me in 2010 when I was World Champion, which was really cool – again against The Undertaker. Just like everyone else, I was a big fan of Paul Bearer and Percy Pringle, and all of the other names that he went by. It was a tough loss for everybody. We went to the viewing and what was really amazing was there were flowers there from all over the country – really, all over the world. It was nice to see an outpouring of affection from fans all over the place.
JM: You’ve been in the WWE for nearly 18 years now. What do you attribute to your longevity?
K: Well, I work hard and I show up. I’ve been very fortunate that I haven’t gotten injured a bunch. I try to take care of myself. I think, too, my size gives me an advantage in some ways. I’m not always the guy getting knocked down a whole lot. My body probably hasn’t been punished as much as the other guys have been. I think it’s because I show up everyday and I try to do my best – give everything I have.
JM: You’re currently one half of the WWE Tag-Team Champions and you’ve had various tag-team partners throughout the years. How would you compare your current partner (Daniel Bryan) to other partners in your past?
K: Well, he’s different – that’s for sure. What’s cool about Daniel Bryan is that I have now been able to do something that I’ve never been able to do before. Kane has always been sort of a dark character. With Daniel Bryan, we’ve been able to add a lot more lightheartedness, some humor and a lot of comedy. It works even better because it’s such a contrast from what I’ve normally done in the past. He’s completely different than any tag-team partner I’ve ever had. He’s a pain – a monumental pain to get along with. It’s like the odd couple, and somehow, I’ve become the voice of sanity. I don’t know how that’s happened – he’ll do that to you.
JM: WrestleMania 29 is coming up (April 7, live on Pay-Per-View) and we know that The Rock will be defending his WWE Championship against John Cena in a rematch from the main event of WrestleMania 28. Do you have a prediction for which way this match will go?
K: I don’t, and who knows – John Cena made the mistake last year at the last stage of their match when he went to do Rock’s People’s Elbow and it cost him the match. I’m not saying that John Cena would take The Rock lightly, but I think this year he’ll be even more serious about it. I think The Rock is going to be in for more than he may have bargained for.
- We noted before how Jenn Sterger, who was in the news in 2010
for the Brett Favre sexting scandal, attended the recent WWE Divas tryout at
NXT. It sounds like she was one of 5 Divas signed. Here is a pic of her, on the
right, and fellow Divas prospect CJ Perry with a mention about WrestleMania:
There has been a debate on here over TNA
Knockout Madison Rayne and her future in the wrestling business. Many have
assumed that she would be retiring after having her child, but this might not be
the case. Madison sent out the following;
"Wow! You guys have rly humbled
me with all your kind words
thank you! BUT no more "thx 4 the memories" tweets! I'm not done here )
X-Division is evolving! New Rules Announced! 230lb Weight Limit!
X-Division championship matches will now be held under triple threat rules. The
champion will have two challengers at the same time and has a thirty-three
percent chance of retaining the title and runs the risk of losing the title
without being pinned. The high-stakes title match has consequences for the
challengers as well. The wrestler pinned in the X-Division championship match is
eliminated from a future title match while the wrestler who isn’t involved in
the decision gets to compete in the next X-Division title match. So where will
the next contender come from?
New contenders will be also decided via a
Triple Threat match. Fresh faces, former champions or recently eliminated
contenders all will battle with one winner advancing into the next X-Division
World Champion Bully Ray reveals The Hoax and the Rise of The Aces and
Thursday's IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV, World Heavyweight Champion
Bully Ray revealed how he fooled the entire wrestling world with the rise of the
Aces and Eights! You can watch the videos on YouTube in their entirety - a look
back at how it all began…and how Bully Ray ultimately became the world
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TNA Impact Wrestling Results Chicago, Illinois (Sears Centre) March 21, 2013 Commentators: Mike Tenay, Taz, & Todd Keneley Report by: Josh Boutwell of Wrestleview.com
Week two from Chi-Town kicks off with Bully Ray talking about the swerve of him behind Aces & Eights. He says that he knows everyone is still trying to figure out how he did it and he says he’s going to tell us how he did it. He says it’s like when a magician shows an audience how the trick was done and the audience feels like a fool for buying into the trick. He says that it took 9 months for the plan to come together and footage of Aces & Eights jumping Jeff Hardy during the BFG Series Semifinals. Bully says that was Plan A and things didn’t go together as perfectly as they hoped (Hardy still won) but that is when he put Plan B into effect. Footage of all of the stuff between Brooke & Ray are shown and he says that plan did something that not even he thought that he could pull off. He says he destroyed friendships, people’s trust, and the Hogan family. Ray says Brooke & Hulk have never been as low as they are right now, and he doesn’t care what he had to do to Sting to get what he wanted. Footage of all the drama between he and Sting and Hogan getting pissed at Sting is shown. Ray says tonight he’ll walk us through every step of his plan.
In the arena the commentators discuss the show tonight and then Hogan’s music interrupts them. Hulk comes down to the ring with the aid of a crutch. A massive “Hogan” chant starts and he says that everyone knows he’s been around a long time and he’s been through hell & back with his fans, but he’s never had the wool pulled over his head quite like he did with Bully Ray. He says that not only did Aces & Eights fool all the fans but they also fooled himself, his family, Sting, and everyone else in TNA. He says that when he thinks about the “massacre” that Aces & Eights did to the TNA guys last week it made him realize that this thing is a monster and it’s not just a battle, it’s a war. Another “Hogan” chant breaks out and he says out of all the men that were left lying in the ring last week, the four guys that LED the charge are the warriors of TNA. He says he loves those guys and respects them and that they lead the rest of the roster in the back. Hogan asks for the fans to show these four men respect as he brings them to the ring. Samoa Joe, Magnus, Jeff Hardy, & Kurt Angle walk down to the ring.
As they come to the ring footage of the brawl between TNA & Aces is shown. Hogan says the reason he’s brought them out here is that he needs them to put Aces & Eight out and he needs the World Title back with TNA. A big “Joe” chant starts and then Hogan turns to Hardy and says that he needs to know if Jeff is still up for his rematch after the attack with the hammer at Lockdown. Hardy says Bully Ray stole his title and he NEEDS it back. Hardy says he’s ready and so are the other 3 guys in the ring so just in case he’s not ready he suggests a Fatal 4-Way to name a new #1 Contender with he, Joe, Angle, & Magnus. Hogan says the last time he picked a #1 Contender he made one of the biggest mistakes of his life so he loves the idea of letting the best man in the ring becoming the #1 Contender. Hogan officially makes the match for later tonight.
More of Bully Ray’s plan is next. Ray says Plan A was simple, win the BFG Series, and then win the World Title. He says the first night of the BFG Series was the first night Aces & Eights showed up and jumped Sting. Footage of the attack on Sting is shown as Ray talks. He says Aces & Eights were created by shock & awe and complete anarchy. He says every single dead man’s hand was dealt by him. He says that every week the question was who is behind Aces & Eights and all it took was one simple suggestion to Bobby Roode and he ran with it. Footage of Roode accusing Storm and all the drama surrounding that is shown with Ray pointing out how they made every effort to make it look like it was Storm while Ray was racking up BFG Series points. His win at Hardcore Justice in the 4-Way Tables Match is shown with them even making it seem like Aces TRIED to help Storm. He says after they were done with Storm they had no problem taking him out. Ray says all Storm had to do was pick Ray at No Surrender and he played right into it. Footage of Storm picking Ray as his opponent at No Surrender is shown (Storm was the #1 Seed in the Semifinals so he got to choose his opponent) with Storm saying that last year Bully ending his hopes of winning the BFG Series so now he was going to end Ray’s. Ray says he called Roode and stirred up by asking him how he was going to let Storm Main Event BFG instead of Roode. He says that made Roode go crazy which leads to Roode attacking Storm during the Semifinals and costing him the match. Ray says that night Hulk was just a little smarter than them and locked the rest of Aces & Eights out before they could end Hardy. He says that Jeff was a lot tougher than he thought and he beat Ray. He says he came up with a new plan after that and Hulk brought it right to him.
TNA World Tag Team Championships “Super Mex” Hernandez & “Mexican Warrior” Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. The Dirty Heels (Bobby Roode & Austin Aries) (c)
Hernandez & Chavo were supposed to get their shot last week but Aces & Eights put a stop to that before it could begin. Chavo and Roode will kick this one off. They lockup and Roode gets Chavo in a Waistlock but Chavo counters with a modified armdrag and he holds onto the arm with an armlock. Roode rolls through and reverses it and then transitions into a hammerlock. Chavo rolls through as well and counters into a wristlock but Roode just simply punches him in the head. Chavo answers with a European Uppercut but Roode cuts him off with a kick to the gut. Roode whips Chavo into the ropes and attempts a clothesline but Chavo ducks and then catches Roode with a Spinning Head Scissors Takeover! Chavo tosses Roode into the corner and lays into him with rights and lefts before tagging in Super Mex. Chavo hit’s a Scoop Slam and then Hernandez Scoop Slams Chavo on top of Roode before hitting a Splash on Roode! 1…2…NO Roode kicks out! Hernandez picks Roode back up but Roode sticks his knee in the gut of Hernandez. Roode tosses Hernandez into the waiting boot of Aries in the Heels corner. Aries tags in and they take turns beating on Hernandez. Aries hits a Slingshot Back Elbow over the top onto Hernandez in the corner and then Roode rakes Hernandez’s eyes. Aries puts the boots to him and then boxes his ears as an “Austin Aries” chant starts up. Aries lights Hernandez up with a chop and then tags Roode back in. Roode puts the boots to Hernandez as Aries hooks his leg. The Dirty Heels attempt a Double Suplex but Hernandez blocks it and hits one on the Heels! Chavo tags back in and hits Dropkicks on both of them sending them retreating to the floor.
Back from the commercial break Roode tosses Chavo into the ring but Aries tosses him right back out and Roode slams him into the ring steps. Roode holds Chavo as Aries dives off the top with the Flying Savage Axe Handle! Aries tosses Chavo back into the ring and gets a series of nearfalls, but as he put his feet on the ropes Earl Hebner caught him. Chavo tries to get a tag but Aries cuts him off and locks him in a Front Facelock. Chavo hits Aries with a couple of right hands and then bounces off the ropes only to eat a Running Knee from Aries. Aries then holds Chavo down and tags Roode back in. Roode hit’s a Back Suplex for another nearfall and then puts Chavo in a side headlock. Roode then attempts to whip Chavo into the corner but Chavo reverses it and goes for a Monkey Flip! Roode blocks it and places Chavo up on the top rope. Roode swings at Chavo but he blocks it and connects with a right hand of his own sending Roode reeling. Chavo then goes old school as he hits the Tornado DDT on Roode! Both men are down now. Chavo reaches up and tags Hernandez back in as Roode tags in Aries! Hernandez with the Get Off Me on Aries and then he connects with a series of Palm Thrusts to both Heels. Hernandez lifts Aries up and tosses him up in the air with a Gorilla Press Slam! Hernandez charges at Roode but he backdrops Hernandez over the top. Hernandez lands on the apron and then nails Roode with a shoulder block through the ropes. Super Mex then walks up the ramp and dives over the top onto both members of the Heels with the Super Mex Dive! Hernandez grabs Aries and sets up for the Border Toss but Roode kicks him and then attempts an Irish Whip. Hernandez reverses it and goes for a backdrop but Roode kicks him and then lays into him with chops. Roode hits the ropes but eats the Get Off Me from Mex! Hernandez then goes for a Splash on Aries in the corner but Aries catches him with an elbow and then climbs up top. Aries dives off with a Flying Cross Body but Hernandez catches him in midair and Chavo tags himself in as Hernandez lifts Aries up in the air for a Powerbomb! Chavo climbs up top as it looks like they may be going for a Powerbomb/Frog Splash combo, but Aries hurricanranas Hernandez over the top rope to the floor! As they went over the top Hernandez’s neck actually got caught up in the bottom rope but it doesn’t seem like he was injured. Aries then hits Chavo with a shoulder block through the ropes on the apron and slingshots himself over Chavo back into the ring. Aries goes for the Brainbuster but Chavo counters into the Three Amigos! A big “Eddie” chant starts as Chavo climbs up top for the Frog Splash! Kazarian runs down the ramp and distracts the referee as Daniels comes from nowhere and knocks Chavo off the top! Aries rolls him up, 1…2…3!
Winners & STILL Tag Champs: Dirty Heels via pinfall (rollup)
Tenay says that he heard Daniels & Kazarian complaining all day that they should have been in this match. Bad Influence jumps Dirty Heels as they’re celebrating the win! They taunt the champs with the belts and then leave them lying.
A video package highlighting the X-Division is shown with some of the most insane matches and spots in the history of the X-Division. The graphic announces that all X-Division Title Matches will be 3-Way Dances starting tonight. They’re calling this the “X-Division Evolution” and the graphic says this will usher in the “Next Generation.”
In the back Kenny King is watching the same montage that we were and he says that he should be mad about that, he should be downright pissed off, but that kind of thing has been happening to him his whole life. He says back when he was a kid playing football they would tell him he had to play with the older kids because he hits too hard. He says that if TNA wants to be that way then “so be it” and if they want to put him in the ring with “2 dudes” every week all they’re doing is setting up 2 funerals. He says it doesn’t matter how many they send at him and having to face 2 guys everytime will just make him shine that much brighter. King says he might need a little bit more energy for this one and then holds up a 5-Hour Energy bottle, oh my goodness I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more shameless plug in my life.
TNA X-Division Championship Triple Threat Match Kenny King (c) vs. Zema Ion vs. “The Playa from the Himalayas” Sonjay Dutt
King successfully defended the X-Division Title in a 3-Way at Lockdown against Christian York & Zema Ion. Todd speaks some more on the new rules in the X-Division and says that if a challenger is pinned or submitted in an X-Division Title Match then that challenger is out of the title picture for the time being, but if a challenger is NOT pinned or submitted then he will move into the next title match as well. We haven’t seen Sonjay in some time. At the bell Zema kicks Kenny and then puts Sonjay in a side headlock. Sonjay shoves Zema into a shoulder block from Kenny and then King hits the ropes. Zema drops down and King leaps over him and Sonjay then leaps over King. King holds onto the ropes and Zema puts Sonjay in a Full Nelson from behind. King tries to swing at Sonjay but he kicks King and then breaks the hold and charge at King. King lifts Sonjay up into the air and tosses him at Zema. Sonjay catches Zema with a Spinning Head Scissors but then eats a boot from King. King whips Sonjay into the corner and charges at him but Sonjay gets his boot up. Zema charges at both but King kicks him. Sonjay climbs up top and then dives off King’s shoulder into a Somersault Senton on Zema! King charges at Sonjay but he moves and King runs right into Zema. Sonjay then hits a Double Rana on both King & Zema at the same time sending them out to the floor! Sonjay sets up for a dive but King & Zema trip him and then slam him into the guardrail. King grabs Zema and tosses him into the railing as well. King then leaps onto the railing and dives off with a Somersault Plancha onto Zema on the floor! King slams Zema into the apron and then rolls him back into the ring for a nearfall. King whips Zema into he corner and hits a Flying Back Elbow and then puts the boots to him! Sonjay tries to get back in the ring but King knocks him off the apron. King chokes Zema in the corner and then hits a Snap Suplex and floats over into a mount. King nails Zema with a series of right hands and then slams his head repeatedly into the mat. Sonjay climbs back up on the apron but eats a Jawbreaker from King! King turns around and charges at Zema but he nails King with an elbow and then charges back at King. King gets Zema up on his shoulders for the Royal Flush but Zema blocks it with elbow shots. Zema is able to escape the hold and bounces off the ropes only to run into a Spinning Heel King from King! Sonjay springboards back into the ring with a Missile Dropkick on King and then he climbs up top. King shoves Sonjay off the top down to the ramp! Zema grabs King and hits a series of strikes and then bounces off the ropes. King destroys Zema with the Cartwheel Kick! Zema rolls out to the apron and King charges at him but Zema hits him with a shoulder block through the ropes followed by a Slingshot into a Tornado DDT! King rolls out to the floor and Sonjay slingshots into a Somersault Hurricanrana that sends Zema to the floor. Sonjay then springboards out to the outside and into an Asai Moonsault on both King & Zema! Sonjay rolls Zema back into the ring and hit’s a Scoop Slam. Sonjay climbs up top and sets up for the Moonsault Ghetto Stomp but King climbs up on the apron and grabs his boot. Sonjay kicks him off but it gave Zema enough time to recover and he climbs up with Sonjay! Sonjay hits Zema with a series of elbows knocking him back to the mat. Sonjay then hit’s the Moonsault Ghetto Stomp! King comes from out of nowhere with a Slingshot Blockbuster on Sonjay! 1…2…3!
Winner & STILL X-Champ: King via pinfall (Springboard Blockbuster)
Earlier today Brooke Hogan is shown arriving but she says she doesn’t want to talk about Bully Ray tonight. She says she is here to do business and that’s handle business with the Knockouts.
More of Bully Ray’s story is shown. He says that when Hogan locked Aces & Eights out Plan B went into effect. He says Hardy went on to BFG and won the World Title so he had to find a new plan. Footage of Bully Ray leading the charge to chase Aces & Eights off the first time they cornered Brooke in the ring. He says Hogan made a fool of himself by employing Joseph Park to try and find out the identity of Aces & Eights. Footage of Ray telling Park to be careful where he sticks his nose and then footage of him kidnapped by Aces. The agreement of the BFG Match where if Aces won they got full access to the Impact Zone is shown and one of the masked guys there Bully says was Devon. He says Hogan turned his back on Devon when he didn’t try to renew his contract. Ray says he knew what he was doing by standing up to be the “hero” to save TNA. Footage of Sting going to bat for Ray as well as Ray trying to get Hogan to shake his hand and have his back is also shown as Ray says he knew he had Hogan when he shook his hand. Ray says they bonded and then a shot of Devon being put through a table at BFG is shown. Ray says he lost at the hands of his own brother and then his fake rage over Devon is what caused Sting to be injured as footage of him chasing Devon to the back while Aces & Eights beat Sting with a hammer is shown. He says he set his sights on the next step of the plan but he got caught (first by Aries catching he & Brooke and then Tara walking in on them together in Brooke’s office). Ray says he knew exactly how Hulk would react when the “beautiful girl brings home the bad boy.” He says that the more Hulk said no, the more Brooke said yes. He says that he knew he was in at that point and there was nothing Hogan could do to stop it.
Sting is shown walking into Hulk Hogan’s office.
Hulk Hogan & Sting talk in Hogan’s office but Hulk isn’t happy. Sting says this whole thing isn’t about the title, it’s about making things right. Sting says he wants Bully tonight but Hulk says things haven’t changed since last week. He tells Sting to do what he does best when things get heavy, go sit up in the rafters for a couple of years. He tells Sting to go hide in the shadows because whenever he’s around he causes problems so he suggest Sting disappear right now. Sting says it was about apologies last week but now it’s about revenge and he walks away saying he wants Bully Ray. Hogan says that he isn’t the only one.
Footage of the drama between Terrell & Gail Kim is shown.
Taryn Terrell walks down to the ring and she says that she knows that she’s on probation and her job is to control the chaos not cause it, but when Gail put her hands on her she had to retaliate. She says now it’s time for her to accept the consequences and Gail Kim walks down to the ring. Gail says she’s so glad that Taryn has finally learned her lesson, the one that all the Knockouts have learned along the way, not to mess with Gail Kim. She says that she’s the greatest female wrestler that ever lived and she created the division. She says there would be no Terrell if there were no Kim. She says she’s just out to witness what should have happened a long time ago. Gail says that she’s going to call Brooke Hogan out here so she can fire Terrell.
Brooke Hogan comes to the ring and she says this was a very tough decision for her to make. She says that she has thought long and hard over it and she loves Taryn, but she has to be fair and terminate her as the Knockouts referee. Gail laughs at her and Brooke says that she seems pretty happy, but she has another bit of news that might make everyone happy. She says that she’s officially decided to sign Terrell to the Knockout Roster which means she can get physical with anyone she wants whenever she wants including Gail! Terrell Spears Gail and then chasers her to the back!
Bully Ray walks out from the other side of the arena and approaches Brooke as her back is turned watching Terrell and Gail. Brooke screams at him and then Bully shows her his wedding ring and says “till death do us part.” Bully says “love ya honey” as she screams that she hates him.
More from Bully Ray as he says every good army has great soldiers. He says Aces & Eights is filled with guys that feel they were wronged. He says DOC & Knox became the muscle and he mentions how both Devon & Garett Bischoff actually came to Hulk to help him, but he turned his back to both of them. Footage of Devon & Garett offering their help to Hulk is shown. Ray says that Garett even came to Hulk’s side when he was trying to get rid of Garett’s father, but Hogan still brushed him off like a nobody. Footage of Hogan eliminating Garett from consideration in the TV Title after Devon was released from his contract and the belt was vacated. Garett’s face looking at Hulk (which I recall pointing out the way he looked at Hogan seemed a bit menacing at the time for a babyface). Ray says Wes Brisco’s father & uncle helped trained Hulk but he STILL made him pretty much beg for a job. Ray mentions that they took Mr. Anderson out and footage of him being laid out is shown, but Hulk didn’t even bother to go check on him. He says Anderson joining was a no brainer because he had it out for Hogan too. Ray says if you’re going to form a gang you have to get some leverage and you turn to your best friend which was Taz. Footage of when Hardy was attacked with the hammer before the UK tour is shown and Ray sarcastically asks who that was before revealing that it was actually him the whole time. Ray says D-Lo has been on the inside for them the whole time and mentions that he was a part of the TNA office giving him access to all of their secrets. Footage of the sit down meeting that Hogan & Dixie had with the agents is shown where D-Lo talks about having dealt with “guys like that” before and how he suggested they should just Aces & Eights in so they can keep an eye on them. Ray says that Hulk wanted Wes to earn his way into the company so they just used Kurt as footage of Kurt getting Wes is a Gut Check opportunity is shown. Ray reminds us that Wes was the first Gut Check competitor to win a match and that it was Garett that he beat. He says they made sure they had every advantage and takes credit for taking Al Snow out and D-Lo stepping up to be a judge. He says that once his title shot was signed, sealed, and delivered it was his decision to make sure that every member of Aces & Eights had been revealed to the world except just one, himself. He says the only thing left was the final part of the plan and Hogan never saw it coming.
Angle says the 4-Way tonight is the most important match he’s had in a year and a half because that’s how long it’s been since he was champion. He says that he wants to prove once again that he’s the best wrestler in the world and he wants to be the one that takes down Aces & Eights. He says that starts by winning back the title.
“The Blueprint” Matt Morgan vs. Joseph Park
Morgan and Park lockup but Morgan just simply tosses Park away. They lockup again and Morgan tosses him into the ropes and taunts him. Park swings at Morgan but he ducks and shoves Park. Morgan offers Park a handshake and then acts like he’s going to hit Park causing him to flinch to Morgan’s delight. He calls Park a joke and shoves him which causes Park to shove him back! Morgan nails Park with a body shot and then kicks him in the head before clubbing him in the back with his forearm. Morgan nails Park with a back elbow and then whips him hard into the ropes before hitting a clothesline to the back. Morgan goes for a Splash in the corner but Park moves and then hits a series of body shots! Park hits the ropes but eats a Spinning Clothesline from Morgan! Morgan gets pissed and grabs Park before laying into him with a headbutt. Morgan rakes his face and then hangs him up in the ropes and stretches him out with a modified Surfboard. Morgan then goes for the Carbon Footprint but Park ducks and Morgan gets caught up crotch first in the ropes! Park bounces Morgan up and down on the top rope and then hits a series of strikes! Park hit’s a clothesline but Morgan doesn’t go down so Park bounces off the ropes with a Shoulder Block! Park climbs up top and dives off with an attempt at the Closing Argument (Diving Splash), but Morgan rolls out of the way and hit’s the Carbon Footprint! 1…2…3!
Winner: Morgan via pinfall (Carbon Footprint)
A clip of AJ’s return last week is shown. Tenay will interview AJ next.
In the back Jeff Hardy and says that he made the challenge tonight so that even if he’s not ready tonight someone will have the chance to take the belt back for TNA.
Mike Tenay introduces AJ Styles and the Phenomenal Emo makes his way down to the ring. AJ is wearing a hooded jacket out to the ring and he gets in Tenay’s face. Tenay says he’s known AJ for years and he’s called every single one of AJ’s matches in TNA, and he even considered themselves friends but he has to ask AJ about his actions in recent weeks. He asks AJ what the deal is but AJ just stares at him without saying a word. Tenay asks him about the rumors they’ve heard about drug use and alcohol abuse but AJ still just stares at him. Taz interrupts Tenay from the announce table and he says it’s pretty obvious that Tenay doesn’t know how to conduct an interview. Taz says he saw the video of AJ when the cameras went back to his hometown “in Mississippi or Louisiana or wherever the hell” he’s from when he was driving around on his “Moped” and life is about opportunities and he was talking to Bully Ray. He holds up a jacket that says “prospect” on it and he say he has a prospect cut for AJ and says he has to work his way up, maybe get the boys some beers or something. He says that he’s heard that AJ has been dabbling in alcohol already and says this is about opportunity and he can drop that “stinky ass moped” he’s driving and get a real bike with Aces & Eights.
James Storm’s music interrupts Taz’s horrible sales pitch there (insulting someone isn’t the best of recruiting them, Taz) and gets in the ring as AJ is now staring Taz down. Taz says AJ better stop staring at him. Storm asks if this is the new AJ Styles, a guy that can’t even turn around a look the man he sucker punched in the face. Storm comments about his hood and says he thinks he’s cool now but AJ continues to ignore him. Storm says he can be the new AJ Styles because the old AJ Styles was the type of guy that would tell you what he thought of him to his face. Storm gets in AJ’s face and says he can be the new AJ but Storm is still the same “ole cowboy.” Storm says AJ can think about sucker punching him again but when he thinks about it he’s going to knock his teeth down his throat and look at him and say “sorry bout yo damn luck!” Storm gets in AJ’s face but AJ just blankly stares at him. AJ turns around and walks away without saying a word. Storm screams at him and asks him why he’s walking away and he says everybody wants to know “why!”
Bully’s story continues and he says that Hogan didn’t trust him when he caught him with his daughter and when he suspended Ray all he did was drive Brooke deeper into his arms. He says that he knew that he would never want to disappoint Brooke so he used Sting to lure him in. Ray says the wedding was the perfect opportunity to get Hogan where he wanted him and that people ask him why he didn’t just reveal himself right then and there, but Bully says every great plan has an endgame. He says that he would never pass up the opportunity to let his boy Taz make an impact. He says that he knows what everyone is thinking, he got his ass kicked in that brawl too but Ray says he took a couple of shots for the team and asks “ain’t ya ever seen Goodfellas before?!” He says that everyone has to take a good beating once and awhile and he knew that if he got his ass kicked right in front of Hogan’s face he would have to trust him. He then shows Ray and Sting facing Aces & Eights and says that it was now Devon’s turn to take a beating for the team. He talks about the injury that kept him out of the title contention matches but he still manipulated the situation because he got Brooke to convince Hulk that he deserved the shot. He says he played to Hogan’s biggest weakness, his ego. He talks about Hogan teaming up with he and Sting in the UK and how that played to Hogan’s ego and that set it up perfectly for them to attack Hogan before the match and then Ray could go “rescue” Hulk while Sting got beaten in the ring. He says for 9 months he pulled up the biggest con in the history of wrestling.
Main Event TNA World Title #1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way “Samoan Submission Machine” Samoa Joe vs. “Olympic Hero” Kurt Angle vs. “Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy vs. Magnus
Hardy & Magnus pair off while Angle & Joe pair off each in a different corner. Joe slams Angle into the turnbuckles while Magnus puts the boots to Hardy in the opposite corner. Hardy comes back on Magnus with right hands and then Magnus shoves Hardy into a clothesline from Joe! Joe then clotheslines his former tag partner, Magnus, as well! Joe whips Angle into the corner and then lays into him with a Running Back Elbow followed by a Leaping Enziguri! Joe hit’s a Snapmare Takeover on Angle and then chops his back and follows up with a roundhouse kick followed by a Knee Drop for a nearfall. Hardy and Magnus brawl on the outside. Joe lights Angle up with a chop and then he tosses Angle out to the floor at the feet of Hardy & Magnus as they continue to brawl. Joe dives through the ropes with the Elbow Suicida onto all 3 men! A big “TNA” chant breaks out as Joe smiles at the carnage he just created.
Joe and Magnus are now going at it in the ring exchanging right hands. Angle comes in and knocks Joe out of the way and then lays into Magnus with a series of rights. Angle hits the ropes but Magnus drops down and as Angle leaps over him Joe catches him with an Atomic Drop! Magnus then nails Angle with the Mafia Kick followed by the Senton Backsplash from Joe! Magnus covers Angle but Joe pulls him off and nails Magnus with a series of forearms. Joe hits the ropes but Magnus leapfrogs him and runs into a huge Lariat from Magnus! Angle grabs Magnus and attempts to whip him into the ropes, but Magnus reverses it and goes for another Lariat. Angle ducks it but then walks into a High Knee from Magnus! Hardy dives off the top with a Flying Cross Body but Magnus catches him in midair and then lifts him into a Brainbuster! Magnus hit’s a series of Elbow Drops for a nearfall and then he puts Hardy immediately in a headlock. Joe and Angle are brawling around ringside now. Hardy breaks the hold with a series of elbows but as he tries to get away Magnus slams him to the mat by the hair. Magnus then hits a Running Back Elbow to the back of Hardy as he was hung up in the ropes. Magnus stomps on Hardy as a HUGE “We Want Angle-We Want Joe” starts up. As Joe tries to climb back in the ring Magnus kicks him repeatedly. Magnus then bounces off the ropes but eats a Running Back Elbow from Joe! Joe headbutts Magnus repeatedly and then hits the ropes but Magnus catches him with the MMD! Magnus grabs Hardy and slams him into the corner and then lays into him with a forearm smash. Magnus whips Hardy into the opposite corner but Hardy floats up into a Spinning Headscissors! Hardy then hits an Atomic Drop followed by a Leg Sweep and then a Leg Drop to the nuts followed by a Sliding Dropkick! Angle runs in but Hardy catches him and hit’s a Twist of Fate! Joe eats on as well! Hardy then hit’s a Twist of Fate on Magnus! Hardy climbs up top but Angle quickly leaps up with him! Hardy shoves Angle off but then Magnus shoves Hardy off the top Hardy’s leg actually gets caught up in the ropes in a painful spot! Angle nails Magnus with an Overhead Belly-to-Belly Suplex and then he ducks a clothesline from Joe and hit’s him with a German Suplex! Angle puts Joe in the Ankle Lock! Joe rolls over and kicks Angle off sending him crashing into Magnus! Hardy comes flying out of nowhere with the Swanton Bomb on Joe! 1…2…3!
Winner: Hardy via pinfall (Swanton Bomb)
Replay of the action are shown and then Joe shakes Hardy’s hand in the ring. Joe points at Hardy and tells him to take care of business.
“Final Impact” thoughts on tonight’s show will be up tomorrow.
QUICK RESULTS 1) TNA Tag Titles: Dirty Heels (c) def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. & Hernandez to retain the titles! 2) TNA X-Division Title 3-Way: Kenny King (c) def. Sonjay Dutt & Zema Ion via pinning Sonjay to retain the title and knock Sonjay out of title contention! 3) Matt Morgan def. Joseph Park 4) TNA Title #1 Contenders Fatal 4-Way: Jeff Hardy def. Samoa Joe, Kurt Angle, & Magnus
Triple H is making more changes behind the scenes in WWE. He has started to do away with word for word scripts and instead is teaching the developmental talents how to work with bullet points.
This allows each talent to learn how to speak as their character and rely more on their own creative ability instead of reading what someone else wrote for them. WWE used to do this with their talent, to allow the talent to build their characters as well as to allow them to grow more naturally.
- In an update on Rey Mysterio possibly leaving WWE soon, word now is that he may be looking to be released and WWE is considering granting it if they can keep merchandise rights. Other sources indicate that WWE really wants him to stay and will be doing everything in their power to keep him.
- As noted, CM Punk has been pulled from the rest of the live
events leading up to WrestleMania 29 so he can heal up and be fresh for the big
match against The Undertaker. Punk is still scheduled for all RAW TV shows and
is still advertised for WWE's European tour the week after WrestleMania.
However, word now is that Punk may not be working most live events here
in the United States once WrestleMania is over, leaving John Cena to once again
be the top draw for RAW live events. Punk not working live events after
WrestleMania is expected to be for the short term.
With Punk taking time
off, there's a feeling that he has helped carry the company for a while now and
WWE needs to protect their investment.
- Matt Striker spoke with 2013 Hall of Famer Booker T on the WWE App during last
night's RAW. Booker talked about how overwhelmed he was to be inducted. Booker
indicates that he's not retired but did say that Harlem Heat, his legendary tag
team with brother Stevie Ray, would be reuniting at the Hall of Fame.
- Tonight's WWE RAW opens up with a look at Brock Lesnar from last week. We also get a look at CM Punk interrupting The Undertaker's tribute to Paul Bearer.
- We go to the ring and out comes John Cena to kick off RAW. The #1 contender talks about how we have 20 days left to pick a side - Cena or The Rock. Cena has a message for all The Rock's fans tonight. Cena points at a sign and says your time is up, our time is now. Cena is met with mostly boos. Cena says he won't make the mistake he did last year by predicting victory but he says he is focused and ready for WrestleMania. The music interrupts and out comes Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. Titus is wearing an afro and what looks like pajamas. Titus says The Primetime Players are also ready for WrestleMania 29. Rufus Pancake Patterson is O'Neil's new character. He says Titus is his nephew. This goes nowhere until Titus brings up Darren looking like Cena. Rufus says Darren should be on the cover of Cocoa Pebbles since Cena is on the front of Fruity Pebbles. Rufus says he would come to the ring but his gout is flaming up. Rufus says Darren would be happy to face Cena. Darren says Cena will be crying and weeping like the loser he is after tonight. They taunt Cena and he gets serious now. Cena challenges Young to step into the ring. Cena says he will show him what it means to be in the main event of WrestleMania. Cena gets ready for a fight and here comes Young and a referee.
Darren Young vs. John Cena
The bell rings and Cena goes to work on Young. Titus pulls Young to safety after Cena unloads. We take a commercial break.
Back from the break and Cena is still in control. Cena hits shoulder blocks and the big slam. Cena hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle and the Attitude Adjustment for the win.
Winner: John Cena
- Still to come tonight, The Undertaker will return.
- Michael Cole shows us footage of The Shield interrupting Mark Henry vs. Ryback on SmackDown. We also see Henry beating Ryback up. Ryback is walking backstage as we take another commercial break.
Ryback vs. David Otunga
Back from the commercial and out comes Ryback while David Otunga poses in the ring. Ryback rams Otunga back into the corner and beats him down to start the match.
Otunga tries to fight back but Ryback clotheslines him. Ryback comes back and slams Otunga to the mat. Ryback hits the Meathook clothesline and Shell Shocked for the win.
- After the match, Ryback cuts a promo but out comes Mark Henry. Before he can come down, Teddy Long and Vickie Guerrero come out to stop him. Vickie says she's taking Ryback out of the six-man match at WrestleMania. Vickie announces Ryback vs. Henry for WrestleMania. Ryback lays Otunga out with another Shell Shocked to send Henry a message.
Fandango vs. The Great Khali
Back from the break and out comes Fandango with his dancer. They dance at ringside and he places her up on the apron before posing in front of her. They also dance and pose in the ring. A lit up silhouette of Fandango appears in the air. Out next comes The Great Khali with Natalya.
Fandango says Khali is far too stupid to pronounce his name correctly. Fandango calls Natalya a Canadian slice of heaven and wants to let her try to say his name. Natalya messes up the name on purpose and tells Khali to get him. Fandango runs out of the ring and walks away with his dancer. He says tonight was the night where we almost got to see the debut of Fandango. A "you can't wrestle" chant breaks out.
- Still to come, the Intercontinental Title Triple Threat. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get a plug for Brock Lesnar in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow
We go to the ring and out first comes R-Truth. Damien Sandow is out next. Sandow cuts a promo on the way to the ring and tells everyone they're welcome. Truth has some poetry of his own and says Sandow is going to get got.
The bell rings and they go at it. Sandow takes control with an early pin attempt. Sandow with a headlock now. Truth fights back and rolls Sandow up for 2. Sandow with a clothesline and right hands. Sandow with a suplex and another 2 count. Sandow with a side Russian leg sweep and the Elbow of Disdain for another pin attempt. Truth comes back with clotheslines and right hands. Truth with a big head scissors and a kick to the jaw. Truth hits the scissors kick but Sandow rolls out of the ring. Sandow walks up the ramp and to the back, getting counted out.
Winner by Count Out: R-Truth
- The Bella Twins are backstage hanging on Cody Rhodes. Kaitlyn comes up and tells Cody she has something going on later so they can't hang out. The Bellas say nobody cares. Kaitlyn says they can have Cody's mustache and he can have theirs.
- Up next, The Undertaker is coming for the urn. Back to commercial.
- Back from commercial and out comes The Undertaker to the ring. Taker says CM Punk sealed his fate by making this personal. Taker says he is going to hurt Punk bad at WrestleMania 29. Taker says Punk has one chance to save himself - bring the urn out now. We hear someone impersonating Paul Bearer. Punk appears on the big screen and apologizes for not being able to hit the high notes Bearer once did. Punk acts like Bearer is speaking to him through the urn. Punk talks about Taker and juggles the urn around while he speaks. Punk says he is a higher power. Punk says he is the one man in the world who can shoulder the burden of snapping The Streak. Punk says he's ready to walk through hell and receive whatever pain Taker inflicts on him. Punk says he's the one that will end The Streak. Punk drops the urn and says, "oh shit!" That's pretty much it.
- Still to come, Triple H and Brock Lesnar's contract signing. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see footage of CM Punk with the urn just now.
Primo and Epico vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan
Primo and Epico are in the ring with Rosa Mendes. Out next comes the WWE Tag Team Champions Kane and Daniel Bryan for a non-title match.
Kane finally gets the tag and cleans house. Kane runs into a boot but catches Primo with a big sidewalk slam. Kane knocks Epico off the apron and climbs to the top for a big right hand. Kane calls for a chokeslam but out comes AJ Lee skipping around the ring. Kane gets rolled up for a 2 count as he was distracted. Epico tags in for some double teaming but Bryan makes the save. Kane chokeslams Epico for the win.
Winners: Kane and Daniel Bryan
- Kane and Bryan stare at AJ confused after the match. AJ skips away to the back.
- Chris Jericho is backstage with Josh Mathews. Jericho brags about his history with the Intercontinental Title and says he will make it 10 times tonight. Fandango interrupts and shows Jericho how his name is said. Jericho calls him Fan-Dumbo, Fan-Dunghole, Fan-Dodge Durango and a bunch of other funny names. Fandango says Jericho will learn to pronounce his name properly.
- Still to come, Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. 3MB. Also, Alberto Del Rio vs. Cody Rhodes. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we get a video about WWE working with Nothing But Nets to fight malaria in Africa.
Cody Rhodes vs. Alberto Del Rio
We go to the ring and out comes Cody Rhodes for the next match. Ricardo Rodriguez is out next to begin the introduction for World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio.
The bell rings and they go at it back and forth. Del Rio with an early roll up. Cody drops down and nails the right hand. Cody takes Del Rio to the corner now and works him over. Cody works on Del Rio's hurt knee now. Cody keeps Del Rio on the mat until he backdrops him. Del Rio charges in the corner but Cody moves and Del Rio hits the ring post. Cody goes back to work on Del Rio and takes him to the corner. Del Rio turns it around and kicks Cody in the back. Cody kicks Cody from the apron to the floor and he hits his head on the way down. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Cody is in control of Del Rio now. Del Rio scoop slams Cody and goes to the top. Del Rio misses a moonsault as his knee buckles. Cody runs over Del Rio and starts stomping on him. Cody with a 2 count. Del Rio finally makes another comeback and hits the tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Del Rio with a big kick to the mouth for a close 2 count. Cody blocks the cross armbreaker and fights Del Rio off. Cody hits a moonsault for 2. Del Rio dumps Cody to the apron and hits a series of shots to the lower back. Del Rio with a backstabber for 2. Del Rio misses in the corner but counters Cody and locks in the cross armbreaker for the win.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
- After the match, Jack Swagger comes out and attacks Del Rio from behind in the corner. Swagger beats Del Rio down. Ricardo tries to make the save but Swagger stops him and tosses him out of the ring. Del Rio fights back on Swagger and they tumble out of the ring. Del Rio with a big superkick. Del Rio throws Swagger into the fan barrier. Del Rio approaches Zeb Colter and Zeb pleads with him. Del Rio grabs Zeb but Swagger makes the save from behind. Swagger sends Del Rio into the steel steps and tells him to never lay a hand on Zeb. Swagger tosses Del Rio over the announce table and a "USA" chant breaks out as Swagger looks up at the WrestleMania 29 sign. Swagger and Zeb head to the back but stop when they see Ricardo. Swagger runs and hits a huge clothesline. Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock on Ricardo as Zeb looks on. Swagger twists Ricardo's ankle up and he screams on the floor. Trainers check on Del Rio and Ricardo as Zeb and Swagger head to the back.
- Back from the break and we get replays of what just happened. During the break, Ricardo was stretchered out. The announcers play up the seriousness of the situation.
- Cole announces Booker T for the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame. They air a video looking back at Booker's career.
- Still to come tonight, the Intercontinental Title Triple Threat.
Randy Orton and Sheamus vs. 3MB
We go to the ring and out comes Randy Orton. Orton takes his time getting to the ring and we go back to commercial.
Back from the commercial and out comes Sheamus to team with Orton. Out next comes 3MB's Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal. Drew and Sheamus start the match off. Drew tries to take control but Sheamus lays him out. Orton tags in to a big pop. Orton drops a knee but runs into an elbow in the corner. Orton dropkicks Drew and tags Sheamus back in. Sheamus hits Drew with the forearm shots on the apron. Sheamus hits a battering ram for a 1 count.
Sheamus keeps control until Slater tags in and they beat Sheamus down in the corner. Slater and McIntyre with quick tags now. Sheamus fights out on Drew but catches a kick to the face. 2 count by Drew. Slater comes back in to keep up the attack on Sheamus. They try to double team but Sheamus fights them off and knocks Drew out of the air. Sheamus tags in Orton. Orton unloads on Slater and hits the powerslam. Orton tosses Slater to the apron and hits the draping DDT. Sheamus runs in with a Brogue for Jinder and Drew. Orton nails the RKO on Slater for the win.
Winners: Sheamus and Randy Orton
- After the match, The Shield music hits and here comes Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose through the crowd. They surround the ring until Big Show comes out. Show runs down and joins Orton and Sheamus in the ring. The Shield decides not to rush the ring and they leave back through the crowd. Show looks up at the WrestleMania sign and points at it. Show leaves the ring as Orton and Sheamus stare at him.
- Michael Cole leads us to an exclusive look at The Rock in GI Joe 2.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler
Back from the break and out comes Kofi Kingston. Dolph Ziggler is out next with Big E Langston and AJ Lee. They lock up and trade holds to start the match. Ziggler takes control but Kofi leaps and hits a back elbow. Kofi gets hung up on the top turnbuckle and Ziggler covers for 2. Ziggler with a dropkick and another 2 count. Ziggler does a headlock headstand and shows off. Kofi fights out but Ziggler cuts him off. Kofi comes back with chops and a dropkick. Ziggler goes for the sleeper but it's blocked. Kofi with a springboard crossbody for a close 2 count. Kofi with a big right hand and the Boom Drop. Kofi goes for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler catches him. Kofi slides out and kicks Ziggler in the face. Kofi goes to the top but AJ gets on the apron and distracts the referee. Kofi runs the apron at Ziggler but Langston knocks him out of the air. Kofi lands hard outside of the ring. Ziggler brings Kofi back in the ring and nails a Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
- After the match, Kane and Daniel Bryan come to the stage. Bryan congratulates Ziggler and Big E for getting them on the same page finally. Kane says he isn't in a good place right now. Kane wants to see what Big E Langston can do inside of the ring. Langston likes the sound of this. Kane proposes Ziggler and Big E vs. Team Hell No. AJ interrupts and accepts the challenge, only if the tag titles are on the line and it's at WrestleMania 29. They accept.
- Back from the break and we see what happened with CM Punk and The Undertaker earlier tonight.
- WWE airs another special preview for John Cena vs. The Rock at WrestleMania 29.
Triple Threat for the WWE Intercontinental Title: The Miz vs. Chris Jericho vs. Wade Barrett
We go to the ring and out first comes The Miz. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett is already out. Chris Jericho comes out next to a nice pop. The match starts with Barrett decking Jericho then hitting Miz. Jericho comes over and drops Barrett with an elbow for a 2 count. Jericho clotheslines Barrett to the floor. Miz rolls Jericho up for 2 from behind. Jericho and Miz go at it now. Miz dropkicks Barrett through the ropes. Jericho leaps out onto both of them with a crossbody. Jericho brings Barrett in the ring and hits a knee to the head. The crowd chants for Jericho now. Barrett fights him off but gets dropkicked. Jericho with a 2 count. Miz pulls Jericho out of the ring and rams him into the apron. Miz rolls Barrett up for 2. Another roll up for 2. Miz keeps control of Barrett and clotheslines him in the corner. Miz takes Jericho back down to the floor. Barrett cuts Miz off on the top and works him over. Barrett with a high running knee to the gut.
Jericho comes in and catches them both in the corner with a super superplex. We go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Barrett is in control of Jericho. He knocks Miz to the floor. Barrett with a big knee to the gut for a 2 count on Jericho. Jericho fights back but Barrett hit another knee. Barrett runs into a boot and Jericho makes a comeback. Jericho hits the bulldog. Miz blocks the Lionsault and sends Jericho to the floor. Miz comes off the top on Barrett and unloads on him with offense. Miz gets caught in Winds of Change and Barrett covers for 2. Miz dropkicks Barrett's leg and goes for the Figure Four and locks it. Jericho breaks it with a Lionsault and a close 2 count on Miz. Jericho goes at it with Barrett and locks in the Walls of Jericho. Miz breaks the hold and goes for a Skull Crushing Finale. Jericho fights him off. They dump Barrett to the floor. Jericho rolls Miz up for a close 2 count. Jericho hits a Codebreaker on Miz.
Barrett pulls Jericho to the floor and steals a pin for 2. Jericho pulls him out and sends him to the barrier. Jericho covers Miz for a close 2 count. Miz plants Jericho with a DDT for 2. Miz misses a clothesline in the corner. Jericho dropkicks Barrett to the floor from the apron. Miz drops Jericho with a kick to the face for another close 2 count. Jericho with chops on Miz. Jericho misses an enziguri. More back and forth. Jericho with a roll up for 2. Miz catches Jericho and hits a Skull Crushing Finale. Barrett runs in and breaks the pin, rolling Miz up for the win.
Winner: Wade Barrett
- After the match, Barrett grabs his title and heads to the ramp to talk some trash. We go to replays.
- We get footage from the world premiere party for WWE Studios' The Call.
- We see some fan Touts for the Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H stipulation. Triple H is headed to the ring as we go back to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes Triple H for the WrestleMania 29 contract signing. The ring is set up with the usual table and chairs. Triple H stands and waits for Brock Lesnar to come out. Paul Heyman comes down with three security guys instead. Triple H says he thought Lesnar was the kind of guy who would come look him in the eye. Heyman says we all know Lesnar is fearless. Heyman says he is afraid of Triple H because Triple H realizes the predicament they have put him in. Either he disappoints the fans by taking away the match they want to see or he signs the contract not knowing what the stipulations are. Heyman thinks Triple H doesn't know what to do yet and is very frustrated. Heyman doesn't want those frustrations taken out on him so that's why he has security with him. Triple H knocks the quality of Heyman's security. Heyman shows that Lesnar has already signed the contract. He says he will reveal the stipulations only after Triple H signs.
Triple H is ready to do this and asks for the contract. Heyman says he wants to take a minute and really enjoy this. Heyman says they have spent time watching one piece of footage over and over again. Heyman shows footage from three weeks ago when Lesnar and Triple H brawled at ringside, leaving Lesnar busted open. Heyman asks how do you top that? Heyman says he knows and it will be Triple H blindfolded at WrestleMania. Nah, he says. Heyman says it will be Triple H with his hands cuffed and ankles shackled in the match. Nope, not that one either. Heyman says Lesnar is letting him pick the stipulation. Heyman says the winner of the match gets Stephanie McMahon. Heyman says no, that wouldn't work. It would be more fitting if the loser gets Stephanie. Triple H grabs Lesnar and pulls him over the desk. Security attacks Triple H but he fights them off and tosses them out of the ring. Triple H grabs Heyman by his hair and slams his face into the table. Triple H rips Heyman's shirt over and hits him in the chest. Heyman screams for Lesnar's help. Triple H says he knows Brock isn't coming out until he signs the contract so he's going to take his time and enjoy this. Triple H smacks Heyman around as he screams for Lesnar.
Triple H signs and makes it official. He stabs the pen into Heyman and tells him to bring out Lesnar. Triple H dumps Heyman off the table. Triple H kicks Heyman out of the ring and tosses a chair onto him. Lesnar's music hits and out he comes with a steel chair. Lesnar is going insane at the top of the ramp. Triple H grabs a sledgehammer. Heyman begs Brock not to enter the ring as Triple H waits. Lesnar laughs and tosses the chair into the ring. The crowd boos. Heyman tells Lesnar that they won this round and talks him down as he walks around the ring. Lesnar points at the WrestleMania sign. Heyman is beat up and looks to be bleeding but smiling. Heyman says that beating was worth it to get Triple H to sign the contract. Heyman reveals a No Holds Barred stipulation. He adds that Triple H's career will be on the line. RAW goes off the air with Triple H looking on from the ring.
As noted earlier, Rey Mysterio has been dealing with knee issues
for quite some time, and feared that he had torn the ACL in his good knee. Dr.
James Andrews said he would be able to wrestle but not without the help of a
Dave Meltzer noted during the Wrestling Observer Radio
show this past weekend that Mysterio is "officially" slated to return in June,
but there is also the change that he may not return at all.
official company line on Rey Mysterio is that he will be back, hopefully, in
June... after rehabbing the knee," said Meltzer. "But he may not be back at all.
And it's not retirement, but there's something going on... there was stuff going
on that they were working on perhaps a release, but they want merchandising
rights... but officially he'll back in June."
As of this writing,
Mysterio is listed on the "events" page on WWE.com for the Monday Night Raw
following WrestleMania 29 on April 8th from the Izod Center in East Rutherford,
NJ. Mysterio is also listed for the Raw WrestleMania Revenge Tour in the U.K. in
April. This may simply be a case of the listings being outdated.
As noted last week, Bully Ray got into an altercation with a fan at last
Thursday’s Impact Wrestling tapings from Chicago, Illinois. While Aces &
Eights was leaving the ringside area through the crowd, Bully got into a fan’s
face and unleashed the following said the follow:
“Sit down, faggot.
Yeah… What are you gonna do? You ain’t gonna do a damn thing. You got punked in
your own frickin’ town. I’m punkin’ you out in front of your daughter. You got
punked! You invented fags, you fag. You should’ve did something already, you
should’ve did something already, but you ain’t doing nothing’. I’m punking you
in front of your hometown. You frickin’ queer. You shave your frickin’
Bully Ray and Dixie Carter tweeted about the incident
apologizing for his conduct.
Bully Ray: "Made an inappropriate comment to
a fan in Chicago. If anyone was offended by this...I do apologize. No harm was
Dixie Carter: "Heard @RealBully5150 made inappropriate comments
to a fan in Chicago. This will not be tolerated. Sincere apologies on behalf of
Carter and Bully Ray Apologize To Chicago Fan
TNA President Dixie Carter and World
Heavyweight Champion Bully Ray took to their twitter accounts to apologize for
an inappropriate comment made by Ray in Chicago. In some way, Bully insulted a
fan and Dixie had to apologize on behalf of the company.
If anyone knows
what was said, please send it in or leave a comment.
Update: Skip to 6:10
for Bully's comments against said fan
"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
Sheamus' music hits as Michael Cole reminds us that we are 23 nights away from WrestleMania. Cole welcomes us to the show alongside Josh Mathews and Brad Maddox. Maddox will be the fill-in commentator until John "Bradshaw" Layfield returns.
Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Before the match begins, Sandow asks for silence. He says what happened on last Monday's RAW was nothing short of a professional and managerial abomination. Not only was their sure fire victory over the New Age Outlaws taken from them, as well as their post-match endeavor with the Bella Twins, they were put into a match they were not physically or mentally prepared for against the two vulgarians in the ring. He goes to tell a story about his Uncle Minnow Sandow, but Rhodes takes the microphone. Rhodes says they don't deserve a story. They ruined their dates and night, so it's their turn to ruin it for them.
Cody Rhodes will start out against Sheamus. Sheamus executes a headlock takeover. Rhodes gets to his feet and whips him off, but Sheamus shoulder blocks him down. Rhodes quickly comes back with some kicks and punches, but Sheamus comes back by reversing a whip to the corner. Sheamus catches him as he tries to slingshot over, but Rhodes slides out of the powerslam attempt. Sandow is tagged in, and Sheamus blocks his kick. Sheamus pushes him down and drops an elbow. Sheamus puts him in the corner and punches until the referee backs him up. Sandow gains the advantage by kicking and punching him down in the corner. Sheamus reverses a whip to the opposite corner and nails him with a running shoulder to the midsection. Sheamus hits a knee lift and a pair of Irish hammers. Sheamus goes for White Noise, but Sandow elbows out. Sandow charges, but Sheamus sends him to the apron. Sheamus ties him up in the ropes and clubs away at the chest. Rhodes tries to blindside him, but Sheamus elbows him off the apron. Sandow capitalizes on the slight distraction by snapping him off the top rope and dragging him outside. Sheamus fights Sandow off, but Rhodes stuns him with a Disaster Kick off the commentary table.
We come back from the break to see Sheamus fighting Rhodes off. Rhodes quickly comes back with a dropkick for a two count. Rhodes clubs away at his back before tagging in Sandow. Sandow punches and head-butts him down before leaving the ring to elbow him across the throat. Sheamus comes back with some head-butts. Rhodes is quickly tagged in, and he cuts Sheamus off before he can tag in Randy Orton. Rhodes stomps him before wrenching the arm. Sandow is tagged back in, and they both cut Sheamus off again before he can tag. Sheamus fights up, but Sandow punches him to the corner. The referee gets in Sandow's face, telling him to back up. Sandow continues to punch away at Sheamus. Sandow backs up and charges into Sheamus' boots. Sheamus pulls himself up to the top rope and jumps off with a flying shoulder block.
Orton and Rhodes are tagged in. Orton hits a pair of clotheslines, ducks one, and hits a powerslam. Orton takes him down with a T-bone suplex before hitting a hanging DDT. Sandow attacks him from behind, but Sheamus quickly takes him down with a Brogue Kick. Orton stalks Rhodes before dropping him with an RKO for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Sheamus and Randy Orton Match Rating: * 3/4
The Shield's music hits, and they appear on the titantron. Dean Ambrose says they can relax. They don't have to be afraid, but Seth Rollins contends that they just may have to be. Roman Reigns then says they don't need to fear anything tonight. Ambrose says the ring that Orton and Sheamus are standing in belongs to them. If they don't believe that, they can ask the Big Show. They served justice to him on Monday night, just like they've done to every major force in this industry.
Rollins says that brings up an interesting point. They've taken John Cena and The Rock, the WWE Champion, multiple times. They've flattened them in the center of the ring, but those two criminals continue to take from them. They are the main event of WrestleMania, and somehow The Shield doesn't even have a match on the show. That is the greatest injustice he's ever heard. Ambrose says they'll serve that injustice themselves. He tells them to find any partner they want, as long as it’s the right one. Orton says he's in, and Sheamus says he'll see them at WrestleMania. Rollins says the Showcase of the Immortals will become the Showcase of Justice. Ambrose says they'll believe at WrestleMania. Reigns finishes off with, "Believe in The Shield!"
Chris Jericho will take on Jack Swagger in tonight's main event. We'll also see Ryback and Mark Henry lock horns later tonight.
A Fandango vignette airs. He will make his debut match tonight.
They show footage of Brock Lesnar destroying the New Age Outlaws. Paul Heyman then spoke for Lesnar. Heyman says they'll accept Triple H's challenge at WrestleMania as long as he accepts Lesnar's match stipulation. They won't announce the stipulation until Triple H signs the contract. Triple H will respond next week on RAW.
Randy Orton and Sheamus are talking backstage when Big Show walks up to them. Big Show says they could use a tag team partner. He says he doesn't trust either of them, but in lieu of recent events, that's what he's saying. They need a tag team partner who is brutal and vicious. Their partner should be a bulldozer and an ultimate destroyer. Orton says they couldn't agree with him more. Big Show says they won't regret it. Sheamus says he's right, because they've picked this man: Ryback. Ryback walks up and stares at Big Show until he goes away.
Ryback will face Mark Henry later tonight.
Tamina Snuka and Aksana vs. Kaitlyn and Layla
Tamina will start against Layla. They lock up, and Tamina powers her to the corner. Tamina runs into a kick, but she blocks a whip. Tamina sends her to the ropes, but she eats a kick. Tamina blocks a roundhouse kick and throws her down. Tamina throws her by the hair before choking her. Tamina sends her to the corner and tags in Aksana. Aksana kicks her down before tagging Tamina back in. The Funkadactyls are seen watching. Aksana is tagged in, and she takes Layla down with a side leg sweep. She stretches her out a bit covering for a two count. Aksana sends her to the corner before tagging Tamina in. Tamina hits a suplex for a two count. Layla tries to fight back, but Tamina quickly takes control. Layla then sidesteps a splash in the corner and rolls her up for a two count. Layla then kicks her away.
Kaitlyn and Aksana are tagged in. Kaitlyn hits a back elbow and a clothesline. Kaitlyn sends her to the ropes and takes her down with a shoulder block. She then drops Aksana with a reverse DDT for a two count. Kaitlyn hits the ropes, but Tamina punches her in the back of the head. Aksana goes for a body slam, but Kaitlyn slides off and pushes her into Tamina, knocking her off the apron. Kaitlyn then takes her down with a spear, and Layla blind tags in. Layla then hits the LOL for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Kaitlyn and Layla Match Rating: 3/4 *
The Funkadactyls shake their pom-poms backstage before bumping into the Bella Twins. Naomi says they were a big influence on Cameron and her. Cameron says they're not twins, but they dress just alike and grew up watching them. Nikki says it's so great that they influence two "hoochie mommas" who shake their butts for a dancing dinosaur and his fat friend that thinks he's Japanese. They take offense to that, but the twins say they just wanted to introduce themselves. They then blindside the Funkadactyls until officials run in to separate them.
They show the Undertaker's tribute to Paul Bearer that was interrupted by CM Punk on RAW. Kane attacked him, and they fought in the main event. Kane defeated him, and he saluted Paul Bearer along with his brother. CM Punk then attacked him with the urn.
Kane makes his way to the ring. He'll take on Dolph Ziggler, next.
Kane w/ Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ AJ and Big E. Langston
Kane gets him in the corner and punches him down. Kane stomps him before uppercutting him. Kane continues to kick away at him before driving his shoulder into him in the corner. Kane punches him down before throwing him across the ring. Kane sends him to the corner, but Ziggler moves before he can splash him. Kane puts the brakes on, and Ziggler rolls out of the ring. Kane follows him, and Ziggler runs back to the ring. Kane grabs him by the throat as he gets in the ring, but Ziggler kicks him off. Ziggler punches away at him before hitting the ropes and eating a big boot.
Kane hits a pair of body slams before sending him into the ropes. Ziggler hangs on, and Kane runs into a back elbow. Ziggler punches away at him and charges, but Kane drops him onto the apron. Ziggler stuns him with a snapshot off the top, and he quickly follows up with a missile dropkick. Ziggler punches away at him before dropping a big elbow for a near fall. Ziggler applies a front face lock, but Kane fights up and powers him off. Kane then runs into a drop-toe-hold in the corner. Ziggler catches him with a big snapping DDT for a near fall.
Ziggler punches away at Kane. Ziggler hits the ropes, and Kane clotheslines him. Kane kicks him in the midsection and executes a perfect delayed vertical suplex. Kane hits a low dropkick to the face for a near fall. Kane sends him to the corner and clotheslines him. Kane sends him to the opposite corner and repeats the move. Kane goes for a sidewalk slam, but Ziggler flips through and applies the sleeper hold. Kane backs him into the corner a few times to break the hold. Kane runs into a boot. Ziggler goes to the second rope and jumps into an uppercut. Kane picks up a near fall. Kane goes to the top rope and hits his flying lariat. Kane signals for the Chokeslam, but AJ gets on the apron for the distraction. Daniel Bryan then attacks Big E. Langston from behind before he can get Kane. Langston throws Bryan into the timekeeper's area, and he turns into a big boot from Kane! Ziggler catches Kane with a leg drop bulldog as he comes back in the ring. Ziggler then drops him with the Zig-Zag for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Dolph Ziggler Match Rating: * 1/2
Ziggler stands over Kane and talks a little trash. Kane grabs him by the throat, but Langston quickly runs him over. Langston drops Kane with the Big Ending.
They show a video of Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez parodying Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger's YouTube videos. They joke about Canadians being threats to America's borders. They have funny accents and play sports on ice.
Chris Jericho and R-Truth are laughing at the video backstage. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter walk up to them, and R-Truth walks off. Swagger asks if he thinks that video is funny, and Jericho does. Swagger says he's put the weight of a nation on his back. He's not only fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship; he's fighting for the soul of the country. Jericho jokes about it. Swagger says Jericho is no different from Del Rio. He snuck over the border from Canada and tried to take what doesn't belong to him. It belongs to real Americans. Jericho says he grew up in Canada, but he was born in America. Jericho asks Colter if he's a real American. He says he looks like a cross between Rush Limbaugh and Yosemite Sam. Jericho says instead of worrying about politics, immigration, and naturalization, he should worry about it being WrestleMania season. He's facing Alberto Del Rio for the title in a few weeks. More importantly, he's facing Y2J tonight. Until Swagger and "Sam" can beat him, he suggests they shut the hell up.
Fandango will debut, next.
The Great Khali is in the ring dancing with Natalya, the Punjabi Princess.
Fandango's music hits, and he comes out dancing with another professional dancer. Fandango says he's a professional interpreter of the language of dance. The "dancing" going on in the ring is unacceptable. It's obvious they can't dance. Fandango wants to see if Khali can pronounce his name correctly. Khali says it, and Fandango tells him to shut his mouth. Fandango then teaches Khali how to pronounce his name. Fandango says he did horrible. He says he hopes Khali has a lot of money because he needs to reimburse the people as they're now going to miss out on the debut of Fandango!
They'll show a preview of The Rock vs. John Cena match at WrestleMania, next.
They play a video package that highlights the feud John Cena and The Rock have had over the past two years.
Matt Striker is backstage with Sheamus and Randy Orton. Striker says Booker T made the six-man tag team match against The Shield official. Sheamus says the odds are in their favor. Orton says we're going to see a preview of what Ryback can do against Mark Henry. All of a sudden, Roman Reigns spears Sheamus through the set! Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins beat Orton down before sending him into a garage door twice. The three then turn their focus onto Sheamus, who was getting to his feet. They put him through a table. The referees run in, and The Shield walks off.
Booker T and Teddy Long are looking over the carnage cause by The Shield moments ago. Ryback walks up and wants to know what happened. Booker T cuts Teddy Long off, and he tells Ryback to take care of his match against Mark Henry. They'll take care of Sheamus and Orton.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
They stare at each other from across the ring. They lock up and jockey for position. Ryback gets him in the corner, and Henry pushes him off.
The Shield's music hits, and they make their way through the crowd. Henry leaves the ring, and The Shield attacks. Ryback fights the three of them off, and he turns around to see Henry getting back in the ring. The Shield then attacks Ryback from behind, and they viciously beat him down. They then deliver a triple powerbomb to Ryback. They put their fists together before leaving through the crowd.
No Contest Match Rating: N/A
Mark Henry begins going up the ramp before turning around and looking at the helpless Ryback. Henry gets in the ring, picks him up, and destroys him with the World's Strongest Slam. Henry picks him up again and drops him with a second World's Strongest Slam. Henry screams, "That's what I do!" Henry tells the referee to get away from him. Henry then deadlifts Ryback one more time to deliver a third World's Strongest Slam! Henry yells at Ryback, "This is what you got in store for you. I ain't none of these punks you've been running through. You will not run through me! Welcome to the Hall of Pain!"
Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Chris Jericho
They circle the ring and lock up. Swagger powers him to the corner, and Jericho pushes him away. They circle the ring again and lock up. Swagger applies a waistlock, but Jericho turns it on him. They fight for position as Jericho gets a side headlock applied. Swagger then drives him to the corner and drops him with a straight right hand. Swagger punches away at him, and Jericho comes back with some chops. Swagger reverses a whip, but he eats a kick. Jericho clotheslines him, but Swagger only goes to a knee. Swagger reverses another whip, but Jericho hangs on to the ropes. Swagger charges, and Jericho drops him on the apron. Jericho then knocks him off with a springboard dropkick. Zeb Colter goes up to Swagger to talk strategy as a commercial break hits.
We come back from the break to see Swagger send Jericho to the corner and hit a running knee to the midsection. Swagger stomps the midsection and screams, "We the people!" Swagger under-hooks the arms while screaming his phrase. Jericho fights to his feet and takes him down with a back suplex. Swagger is still quick to his feet as he takes Jericho down with a vicious clothesline for a near fall. Swagger rubs his face into the mat before applying a front face lock. Jericho fights up and takes him down for a near fall. Jericho kicks and punches him in the corner. Swagger reverses a whip to the corner, clips the ankle, and applies the Patriot Lock. Jericho kicks him off and gets an inside cradle for a near fall. Swagger then takes him down with a belly-to-belly suplex for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Swagger splash him in the corner. Swagger goes to suplex him, but Jericho counters into a DDT for a near fall. Jericho kicks him in the head a few times before hitting the ropes. Swagger surprises him with a flapjack. Swagger goes for the Gutwrench Powerbomb, but Jericho counters into a Walls of Jericho attempt. Swagger counters that counter into the Patriot Lock. Jericho reverses out of it and applies the Walls of Jericho. Colter gets on the apron, and Swagger is able to crawl to the bottom rope. Swagger gets out of the ring as Jericho yells at Colter.
Jericho takes Swagger down with a baseball slide before sending him into the ring steps. Jericho puts him in the ring, goes to the top rope, and hits a cross-body block for a near fall. Jericho knees him in the face a bunch of times until Swagger pulls him face first into the turnbuckle. Jericho sidesteps him attempting a splash and goes for a Codebreaker, but Swagger holds him up. Swagger throws him into the corner, and Jericho crashes hard. Swagger then hits a decisive Gutwrench Powerbomb for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Jack Swagger Match Rating: ** 1/2
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter celebrate in the ring. Swagger gets on the turnbuckle and points to the WrestleMania sign.
Quick Match Results
Sheamus and Randy Orton def. Team Rhodes Scholars Kaitlyn and Layla def. Tamina Snuka and Aksana Dolph Ziggler def. Kane Mark Henry NC Ryback Jack Swagger def. Chris Jericho
As reported earlier, WWE announced on Friday's SmackDown episode
that Ryback, Randy Orton & Sheamus would take on The Shield at this year's
WrestleMania pay-per-view event. We also noted that Ryback will most likely be
pulled from that match and replaced by The Big Show.
WWE.com may have
spoiled that change as they have a photo that shows The Big Show in Ryback's
place in a promotional image for the bout. You can check out the photo below.
Diamond Dallas Page and Scott Hall have reached their goal in
raising $80,000 to cover hip replacement surgery for Hall, as well as physical
therapy, dental work and other medical expenses. Embedded below is Page reacting
to the news.
appreciation, Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page and Kevin Nash all commented about
the accomplishment on Twitter. Here is what they wrote.
Hall: "I am very humbled by your support. Wrestling fans are the best.
I don't no what to say. This is a moment I will never forget. Thank you all"
DDP: "words cant express our thanks/gratitude 4helping
@SCOTTHALLNWO reach this goal. ur generosity/support's truly appreciated. THANK
Kevin Nash: "To all that reached out to help
Scott, l give my thanks more for restoring my faith in mankind than anything
else.You are amazing♥♥♥♥♥"
Sean Walman: "You did it
everyone! Im so moved by this I can't find words."
- After suffering an apparent injury at Friday night's live event, R-Truth was
back in action Saturday night at the WWE live event in Providence. Truth got a
win over Titus O'Neil with a quick roll-up.
- R-Truth sustained some type of injury during a match against Titus O'Neil at
Friday's Raw live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut, according to a reader in
attendance. The official threw up the "X" signal and the Raw Superstar was
assisted to the backstage area by personnel following the conclusion of the
- We noted yesterday that CM Punk may have been injured in Monday's RAW main
event against Kane. Word is that it was an injury to his arm that is said to not
be severe. There were rumors yesterday afternoon that Punk is suffering from a
knee injury but those are not true.
- For what it's worth, WWE recently revived their trademark application for Kharma, which was abandoned in January of this year. Back in October, WWE applied to register "Big Hungry" as a trademark. It was just assigned last month.
Miss Tessmacher and Angelina Love appeared to take shots at each
another Friday on Twitter over the topic of tattoos.
brought the apparent e-fight to light in a story on Saturday. Tessmacher, who
frequently answers questions from fans on the website, was asked, "Hey Tess, do
you like tattoos on your hands?" In a message that was later deleted, she
responded, "On ladies no. Tats should be coverable. Classy not trashy."
Love, who boasts a large collection of tattoos, appeared to take offense
to her former co-worker's remark by referencing the words "classy" and "trashy."
She wrote, "Laugh of the day! Ppl who don't know the difference between "classy
& trashy" giving opinions on what's "classy & trashy" LOL!" Soon after,
Love posted two fan messages saluting her body artwork.
retaliated with a harsh message knocking Love's cosmetic appearance, including a
shot at the 31-year-old's much-speculated weight.
"Eating is important,
save the surgeries 2ur face when they are actually needed, age graceful, don’t
over tan(leather skin) b proportioned," wrote Tessmacher.
that she was talking about Love in her biting tweet, Tessmacher added the
following fan message to her favorites list on Saturday: "I love how @BrookeTess
put @ActualALove in her place after getting butthurt over a comment that wasn't
direct toward her #TeamBrooke."
Reigning TNA Women's Knockout Champion
Velvet Sky showed her support for Love Saturday by tweeting a photo of her
tattooed hand displaying a thumbs-up signal.. Later, Tessmacher earmarked a fan
message responding to Sky's post, reading, "if you want to talk about somebody
why don't you tag @BrookeTess in your tweets?"
along with Bubba Ray came on the scene in ECW, what was that whole experience
"ECW was an amazing time, the company in
general was so family orientated and we were all aiming for the same goal to
make sure that ECW wasn't going to be a fly by night company, that it was to be
taken seriously and that we were starting a revolution.
We had a great following; some might like to say it was a cult
following which actually helped put ECW on the map. Paul Heyman took unknown
guys that WCW and WWE didn't tap into and he made them into stars himself, which
in return made the other two companies look at ECW.
me ECW was a phenomenal time and we were able to help change and revolutionize
the business into the Attitude Era, which was great because nobody at the time
was doing the stuff we were doing, pushing the envelope of hardcore, and then
when there was such a high demand for it that opened the door for a lot of
Bubba and yourself then went over to the WWE
during a peak era for tag team wrestling with The Hardy Boyz and Edge &
Christian, what was it like working with those teams and the TLC
"That was another amazing time in my
career; to be able to be in the ring with five other guys and to steal the show
at WrestleMania two years in a row was awesome. The TLC matches were matches
that had never really been seen before; the closest thing to a TLC match was
just a ladder match that was performed by Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels. We
then added the tables and the chairs into the mix and made it what it is today
and it was just great to go out there and entertain throughout that whole
Everywhere we go out of all the matches
we've had, the TLC matches seem to be the one that pretty much everybody still
talks about today."
You and Bubba then joined TNA
and began working with the likes of Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns, what
was that like?
"It was great because we were able
to help these guys and literally pass the torch of tag team wrestling. We had
accomplished so much in the business and it was time to be able to pass it on to
guys like Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns and they were great to work
It was so easy because these guys wanted it just
as bad as anyone else did. To be able to have talent like that, and they were
willing to get in that ring and give it one hundred and ten per cent and do what
you ask of them for the sake of the business, the product and the fans it was a
win win situation. That is exactly what went on at that time in TNA and I was
very proud to be a part of the company at that particular
What was the reasoning behind the Team 3D
"The singles career was something that I
needed, Bubba was always into the tag matches and he never really wanted to
break up and I understood that because he is more of a tag team guy. I was as
well but I wanted to separate that little bit more, we actually separated in
2002 with the Reverend Devon angle in WWE and I remember feeling like I never
really got my just due and six months later we were put back
It always bothered me that I could not leave
this business without having another shot at being a singles competitor and I
remember saying it I wanted it so bad but I knew there was more for Bubba and I
to accomplish as a tag team. We had to go over to Japan and take over from where
the Road Warriors left off, we conquered that, we conquered in making the tag
team titles very prestigious in TNA and all of the organisations we were
We did our jobs in that sense but now was the time
to move on and I was very happy about that because it is something that I have
always wanted. I loved teaming with Bubba and creating history but there was a
little bit of a selfish side to me that wanted that singles career just a little
bit more. Now that I've got it and now that it’s here I’m proving those critics
that said I couldn't do it, let me change that we’re proving those critics that
said we couldn't do it, we’re proving them wrong."
Are you enjoying the run as a singles wrestler?
"I’m extremely happy he’s doing well on his own and I’m extremely
happy I’m doing well on my own, and I’m glad I've won two titles before he has
(laughs) but in all seriousness I’m happy for both of us because we've worked so
hard to have been in this business as long as we have and you get the critics
that say, they’re old and they’re washed up.
remember a time back in the day when the business was hot, back when Hogan,
Andre, Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes were in there primes and you weren't anything
in this business until you got to your mid-thirties going into your forties. If
you were younger than that you were just considered a young boy and you got your
ass kicked and handed to you, but now the business has changed and everybody
thinks when your aged thirty you should be the one that’s on top.
Listen I’m old school and if it isn't broke don’t fix
it because when your 34 or 35-years-old you are still learning a lot more, by
that time you should be almost polished up but when your that age that is when
it all kicks in. I’m in better shape now than I was when I was 25-years-old and
my knowledge for the business is better now than it has ever been and I’m very
happy about that."
How would you compare your
three bosses, Paul Heyman, Vince McMahon and Dixie Carter in terms of their
similarities and differences?
"Well you've got
Doctor Frankenstein, Paul Heyman who was kind of a rebel and definitely a guy
that loved to play some mind games but in a good way. He would play mind games
with you so you would understand the business and know what this business is
Then you've got Vince McMahon and he is the
grandfather of them all, being with him was really a challenge, my biggest thing
was and I tell my students at our school in Orlando, Florida, if you go out and
perform in front of Vince McMahon and not have any fear then you are going to
make it in this business, because if anybody has an aura about them and can
install fear in you by just walking in a room it is Vince.
With TNA it kind of like out of all three bosses I’ve got to say Dixie
Carter is the best looking one (laughs) no offense to Vince and Paul but if I’m
going to put a ring on anybodies finger it’s going to be
What can we expect of Devon and the Ace
and 8′s during the rest of 2013?
"Like I said
before whether you love me or hate me, I’m going to get my just dues. Everybody
thinks that this whole thing with me having a gripe against the company was all
part of the show and it really wasn't, I legitimately walked away because of a
It just got to the point where I
wasn't going to take any more nonsense and I’ve been making it well known. For
those that love me great and for those that think I turned my back or crapped on
the company then so be it."
You were recently
helping out at Booker T’s All-Star Clinic in Houston, Texas, what did that
"I was helping out as much as I possibly
could with the younger talent and being able to as they say in this business,
pass the torch knowledge. I want to make sure these guys are strong enough and
able enough so when the time comes for them to showcase what they have, they
will be able to showcase it in the right way.
didn't have stuff like this when I was getting into the business so I guess it
is a privilege and an honor to do this for these kids and I’m happy to be apart
of it. It is something I wish we could have had back when I was growing up but
the business was the way it was back then. So be grateful for what we've got and
what we are able to give after gaining so much from this business."
TNA Knockout Madison Rayne announced her
pregnancy on twitter moments ago. She revealed the child is due in August. This
explains why Madison has been absent from television for months. It is unclear
what is next for Madison for wrestling, but a huge congratulations to her.
Ik ben Boon Kenneth, en gebruik soms ook wel de schuilnaam Sting.
Ik ben een man en woon in Dworp (Belgie) en mijn beroep is .
Ik ben geboren op 05/06/1989 en ben nu dus 30 jaar jong.
Mijn hobby's zijn: Worstelen en films.
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