0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Credit – PWInsider
Dolph Ziggler is 100% cleared to wrestle and WWE’s reports on their website yesterday were for storyline purposes. WWE officials feel that based on the reaction he gets from fans, Ziggler is better off as a babyface right now.
There was talk of having him win a briefcase at Money in the Bank and cash it in to face Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam.
The WWE is Finally Giving Fans The “Must See TV” That They’ve Asked For
You could say I am a lover of television. There is nothing quite like television when the TV show is at its finest. One thing that all great TV shows have are great cliffhangers. The cliffhanger is the ending of an episode that leaves in the audience in suspense. It makes the audience want more. At WWE Payback, we were left wanting more. We were left wondering, what’s next for CM Punk? Who will be in contention for the WWE title now that John Cena has successfully defended his championship against Ryback? We found out all the answers last night on Monday Night Raw. By the time Raw ended, the WWE universe were left in suspense and social media blew up with fans praising Raw and in admiration of WWE’s storytelling.
It has been a while since I enjoyed an episode of Raw as much as I had last night. In fact, it actually made me question why I was watching WWE because let’s face it, it hasn’t been very good since the Royal Rumble. During my break from watching wrestling, I watched shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Arrested Development and they all have one thing in common; my desire to watch the next episode. The eager anticipation of wanting to watch the next episode was there. For the first time in over half a year, I can’t wait to watch Raw next Monday night.
Why? Well lets see. Here are the main points of what happened last night and why I enjoyed it so much:
CM Punk interrupted Alberto Del Rio to request a match with him because he said he was ”the best” and, we all know CM Punk is the best in the world so he was defending his honor.
Finally Christian has returned to WWE. It has been a long time and I got goosebumps when his entrance theme hit. I know you did too!
The Diva’s division are doing wonders in recent weeks; finally they are becoming relevant again. Kaityln and AJ Lee have the potential to be the next Trish and Lita. Both are beautiful, sexy, good talkers and great in-ring wrestlers. They have it all. They also have a connection with each other that so many Diva’s in the past have failed to have. They have been given the ball by the WWE to make the Diva’s relevant again, don’t screw it up!
Mark Henry, in my opinion, made the promo of the year last night. I think maybe it was the best promo since CM Punk’s infamous ”pipe bomp” promo that happened 2 years ago now. His ”retirement” speech was so believable. It shows how much of an asshole he is by bringing his family into it. He generated real heat from the crowd and received boos when he slammed Cena to the mat. It showed how effective his speech was. Getting booed for slamming Cena, what? Tremendous promo.
Who’s got the power? Poor Vickie Guerrero is just trying to carry out her role and responsibilities as managing supervisor of Monday night Raw but is constantly hounded by the power held in the hands of the McMahon’s. Vickie doesn’t know if she should be listening to Vince, Triple H or even Stephanie. Each of the character’s are her boss and each are telling her different things. I don’t know where this is headed but it makes intriguing TV.
Dolph Ziggler showed Alberto Del Rio what he is made of. We’re now seeing a whole new side to Ziggler. Perhaps him losing the belt is the best thing to happen for his WWE career. The double turn was a genius move by WWE. We don’t want to cheer for Del Rio and we don’t want to boo Ziggler. So what did they do? They turned them. I love it!
The closing of the show centralized around two Paul Heyman guys. One is left wondering if Heyman set Brock up to attack Punk or did Brock not like the comments made about him by the best in the world? All should be revealed next week and I am eagerly anticipating CM Punk’s reaction to the F-5.
Those are just the main points. So much happened last night it is worth your time watching, even if you have not been watching in a few months. Fresh storylines are being developed as well as new stars which is what you’ve all been asking for, right?
This is the type of programming I love and want to see every week. Even if the ratings are bad this week, which is unlikely in my opinion, WWE needs to be consistent and carry out this programming on a weekly basis.
What is going to happen next week? I don’t know but, I can’t wait to find out. This weeks episode of Raw is MUST SEE television so again. If you have yet to see it, it is worth a couple of hours of your time.
Thanks for reading everybody, I hope you enjoyed my column. If you did you can tweet me your feedback via Twitter and if you didn’t, you can tweet me too!
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 17, 2013 at 11:52 pm
After Monday’s Raw went off the air, John Cena defeated Ryback in a tables match to retain his WWE Championship.
At one point in the match, Ryback flipped a table for no reason. A table was then lying against the turnbuckle for a long and and eventually Cena reversed a position and used an AA to drive Ryback through it.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm
Tonight’s WWE RAW opens up with a video package looking at the Payback pay-per-view from last night.
- We go to the ring and Justin Roberts introduces Ricardo Rodriguez to some boos from the crowd. Ricardo introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio and out he comes to a mixed reaction.
Del Rio asks everyone how their weekend was. Del Rio says everyone is talking about a man of steel but he’s the real Superman. Ricardo does another introduction for Del Rio. Del Rio says some people are saying the way he won at Payback was controversial. Del Rio says the night after WrestleMania when Dolph Ziggler cashed in was controversial. Del Rio says the fans cheered for Ziggler after he attacked an injured man. A “we want Ziggler” chant breaks out. Del Rio says he gives the fans everything but they don’t show him the respect he deserves. Del Rio brings up Jack Swagger next and calls him an ignorant pig. Del Rio causes the fans to chant “USA.” He’s upset that fans chant for a pig and a coward but won’t chant for him. Del Rio rips the fans. He says he fought for the fans for 5 months and he didn’t get anything. Last night, he fought for himself and got the World Heavyweight Title. Del Rio says he’s going to show us why he’s the best. He’s going to give everyone a second change to show him the respect he deserves. The fans boo. CM Punk’s music hits and out he comes with Paul Heyman to a big pop from the crowd.
Fans get hype and chant for Punk as he takes the mic. Punk brings up defeating Del Rio for the WWE Title and going on to hold it for 434 days. Punk says he’s out here because he heard Del Rio claim to be the best. The fans chant for Punk. Punk says there’s only one best in the world and Del Rio is looking right at him. Punk says he’s here to challenge Del Rio. Heyman interrupts and says his client doesn’t fight for free. Punk tries hushing him up but Heyman goes on. Punk cuts him off and asks Heyman what he’s doing. Heyman says he’s banged up from last night and they didn’t talk about this match. Heyman says the title won’t even be on the line. Punk says Ziggler deserves a re-match. Punk says while Ziggler was stealing the show with Del Rio, he was stealing it with Chris Jericho. Punk says he proved he’s the best and wants to do it again tonight. Del Rio says Punk doesn’t want this. Punk says he does – he wants a match with Del Rio tonight. Fans start a “si” chant. Del Rio says he’s the World Champion and Punk doesn’t want him. Punk asks Ricardo if he wants to fight. Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox come out to boos from the crowd. Vickie says Del Rio doesn’t get to make that decision, she does. Vickie wants to continue the momentum from Payback and announces Punk vs. Del Rio for tonight’s main event.
Still to come, Vickie Guerrero will have a big surprise for Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon and Triple H. Also, Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton in singles action.
- We see Wade Barrett walking backstage. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Heyman is asking Punk if he knows how much he cares about him. Punk apologizes for jumping the gun in the ring but it’s how he feels about Punk. Punk says Heyman got involved at Payback and almost cost him the match. Punk says he’s not Curtis Axel and not Brock Lesnar. He no longer wants Heyman at ringside with him. Punk says he will always, always be a Paul Heyman guy. Punk walks off and Heyman looks sad.
Wade Barrett vs. Christian
We get a look at Payback where Curtis Axel won the Intercontinental Title. Wade Barrett waits in the ring for his rematch but out comes Vickie and Maddox again. Vickie says the rematch is going to have to wait because right now her big surprise is coming out. Here comes Christian to a big pop.
Christian gets the win after a good back and forth match. He hits Killswitch to pin Barrett.
- Fans can vote on the WWE App the stipulations for Orton vs. Bryan – No DQ, No Count Out or 2 of 3 Falls. We go to commercial after another promo for The Wyatt Family.
Handicap Match:Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
Back from the break and out comes Sheamus as Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes wait in the ring for a handicap match. They start by double teaming Sheamus but he fights them off. Cody nails a Disaster Kick and Sandow mounts Sheamus with right hands. Cody stomps away now.
More double teaming. Cody with a kick to the face. Sandow hits Elbow of Disdain for a 2 count. Sandow holds Sheamus while Cody slaps him and taunts him. Sheamus gets pissed and backdrops Cody to the floor. He fights Sheamus out and starts a comeback. Sheamus with a high knee and the rolling senton. He catches Cody on the apron and hits the forearms to the chest. Powerslam for Sandow. Cody comes off the second rope but Sheamus catches him and hits White Noise. Sheamus readies for a Brogue Kick on Cody but Sandow slides in and rolls Sheamus up for the win.
Winners: Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow
- After the match, Sandow hurries up the ramp. Sheamus lays out Cody with a Brogue Kick.
- Still to come – will Mark Henry announce his retirement? We go to commercial.
- Back from the break and Vickie and Maddox are backstage bragging to Triple H about what’s happened tonight. Triple H asks what their main event was going to be if CM Punk didn’t challenge Del Rio. No answer. She brags on bringing back Christian. Triple H says that was good but he’s been cleared for about a month and a half, why are they just now bringing him back? Triple H brings up Rob Van Dam. They both take credit for bringing him back. Triple H says it was him who made the deal with RVD over the phone. Triple H brings up The Shield and says Vickie needs to take control of them. If they get involved tonight, he wants Vickie to make an example of them. Triple H jokes that putting 3MB on the show tonight was a stroke of genius and walks off.
- Kane and Daniel Bryan are backstage. Kane wants to talk but Bryan says he’s busy. Bryan says Kane is glad Bryan and Orton lost last night. Kane says he’s not, Bryan isn’t the only one who lost last night. Kane says maybe Team Hell No should give it another shot. Bryan says he’s never going to be anything if he’s involved in a team. He’s all about Team Daniel Bryan now. Bryan says he needs to win the WWE Title. Kane says he also wants to win the WWE Title. Kane asks if they’re done, if this is it. Bryan says he doesn’t know and Kane agrees. Kane wishes him good luck.
- Fans can vote now on the WWE App for the Orton vs. Bryan stipulation. Back to commercial.
No DQ Match: Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
We go to the ring and out first comes Randy Orton. Out next comes Daniel Bryan. WWE App users voted for the stipulation on this match. Jerry Lawler is in the ring to reveal the stipulation and it will be a No Disqualification match.
Orton goes to work on his arm. They trade holds and Bryan stomps on the back of Orton’s knees. Bryan goes to work on the knees with kicks now. Bryan with kicks in the corner now. Orton turns it around and stomps away on Bryan. Orton drops Bryan and pulls him up by his hair. Bryan ducks a clothesline but Orton hits a Thesz Press. Bryan turns it into a half crab submission. Bryan with more kicks in the corner now. The crowd chants “yes” but Orton cuts him off with a rake to the eyes. Bryan goes out to the floor and Orton clotheslines him. Some fans chant for Orton as he rolls Bryan in for a 2 count.
More back and forth. Orton mounts Bryan with right hands in the corner. Bryan ducks another clothesline and dropkicks Orton. Bryan with the running dropkick in the corner. Bryan with another running dropkick for a 2 count. Orton with a kick to the face. Bryan dumps Orton out to the floor and runs the ropes for a suicide dive. Orton catches him and side steps, sending Bryan into the barrier. Orton grabs a kendo stick from under the ring and hits Bryan with it. Another kendo shot. Orton digs it into his gut and rolls him back in the ring. Orton comes in for a 2 count. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Orton is going up to the top for a superplex. Bryan fights him off and Orton falls to the mat. Bryan nails a missile dropkick. Orton gets to his knees and Bryan unloads with kicks and knees. Orton catches him with a huge overhead throw. Bryan blocks the draping DDT. Orton fights off the No Lock and catapults Bryan out of the ring. Bryan hangs on to the ropes and pulls himself up but Orton kicks him to the floor with a low blow. A trainer comes over to check on Bryan. Bryan rushes back in the ring and brawls with Orton. It appeared that the doctor didn’t want Bryan to continue. Orton brings Bryan back outside of the ring and backdrops him over the top of the barrier. The doctor checks on Bryan again and tells the referee to call the match.
Winner: Randy Orton
- Orton hugs Bryan at ringside. A trainer escorts Bryan to the back and Orton follows. The announcers talk about why doctors are at ringside – to protect the WWE Superstars.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Del Rio in the main event. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and we see what happened with Punk and Del Rio earlier tonight.
- We go to the ring and out comes new WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee. We see some footage of Kaitlyn crying at Payback. AJ says this is what it feels like to have it all. She says unfortunately Dolph Ziggler can’t be here tonight, but soon enough he will be back to share the spotlight with the greatest Divas Champion of all time. AJ says she’s an example for all women. She issues a challenge and says if there’s a woman who thinks she’s a fraction of what she is in the back, come out now. Stephanie McMahon’s music hits and out she comes.
AJ says hi to the boss and asks if she’s here to congratulate her. Stephanie says there’s a line of Divas waiting to come out but she wanted to come speak first. Stephanie gives AJ props and congratulates her. Stephanie asks AJ why she keeps this stereotype going about how women are. Stephanie says what AJ did to Kaitlyn was degrading to women everywhere. Stephanie says it’s time AJ started acting like a champion. AJ apologizes and says she should be thinking and acting more like Stephanie. AJ says maybe she should marry a Superstar instead of dating one. AJ mentions Stephanie’s daddy issues. Stephanie expected something more original. AJ says what she did to Kaitlyn was original, it was her masterpiece. Stephanie says she’s a McMahon, nobody does crazy better than them. Stephanie says if AJ wants to be Divas Champion, she needs to start acting like one. AJ says she is Stephanie, only younger. Stephanie says she can take everything away from AJ, including her job. Kaitlyn’s music hits and out she comes with Cameron, Naomi, Layla, Alicia Fox and Natalya. Kaitlyn congratulates AJ. Stephanie walks up the ramp, grabs the mic and tells Kaitlyn to never interrupt her again, and that goes for all the Divas. Stephanie walks off. Kaitlyn goes back to talking to AJ. The fans chant “you tapped out” as Kaitlyn walks towards the ring. She says AJ manipulated her and broke her. Now it’s her turn. Kaitlyn hits the ring and attacks AJ. We see Big E Langston at ringside now. Big E pulls AJ out of the ring. She tries to get back in but Big E stops her and carries her away. Kaitlyn’s music hits as she looks on from the ring.
- Still to come, Kane vs. Dean Ambrose. Back to commercial.
WWE United States Title Match: Kane vs. Dean Ambrose
Back from the break and out comes The Shield through the crowd. WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose heads to the ring. Out next comes Kane for another title shot.
Kane goes to work on Ambrose in the corner to start the match. Cole reports Daniel Bryan may have nerve damage. Ambrose tries to come back but Kane drops him with a big boot. Kane keeps control and hits a sidewalk slam for a 2 count. Kane goes to the top and comes crashing down with a big right hand. Roman Reigns hits the ring but Kane decks him. Seth Rollins comes in but Kane fights him off.
Winner by DQ: Kane
- After the bell, Reigns takes Kane out with a spear. The Shield takes control and hit the triple powerbomb.
- We see Mark Henry backstage hugging Tamina Snuka, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. Darren is crying. We go to commercial.
- The Shield are backstage when Vickie Guerrero approaches them pissed off. They taunt her and asks if she’s going to spank them or something. Ambrose says Vickie should think about what she’s doing before she does it. Maddox says nothing. Vince McMahon walks up. He says The Shield remind him of himself, ruthless. He tells them they’re doing a good job, keep it up and have a good night. They walk off. Vince tells Vickie he likes The Shield and come to think of it, he never liked Kane anyhow.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Del Rio. We get another vignette for Bray Wyatt and The Wyatt Family.
- Back from the break and out comes Zeb Colter. He says America is under siege. He talks about the government spying on us and foreigners sneaking across our borders. Colter says we are at war and war calls for unusual alliances. Colter says he and Swagger, to prove they’re not prejudice, have chosen to work alongside a man who has honor, integrity and respect. Out comes Antonio Cesaro. He says “we the people” and heads to the ring.
Antonio Cesaro vs. William Regal
Cesaro heads to the ring where William Regal waits. They lock up and go at it.
Cesaro turns it around and unloads in the corner. Cesaro with a big slam and a 2 count. Cesaro with a stomp to the back and a big forearm shot. Regal fights back and hits uppercuts. Regal knocks Cesaro down. He goes for a double underhook but Cesaro counters and slams Regal on his back after holding him in the air on his back. Cesaro with a sleeper hold. He swings Regal around by his neck and keeps the hold locked on the mat. Cesaro hits the Neutralizer for the win.
Winner: Antonio Cesaro
- After the match, Colter gets in the ring and hands Colter the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag. Cesaro drapes it over Regal and poses with Colter.
- John Cena is walking backstage as we go to commercial.
- Back from the break and out comes WWE Champion John Cena.
Cena comes out and talks about the usual – some fans booing him and others knowing he goes to war for them every time he comes out. Cena says he had a horrible 2012. Cena goes on and says he will take any challenge in front of him. He brings up Money in the Bank. Cena says the champ is here and his music hits. Mark Henry interrupts the music and makes his way out to the ring.
Cena goes to leave the ring but Henry has something to say to Cena and the people in the back, and the fans. Henry says he loves everyone in the business and the fans. A “thank you” chant breaks out from the crowd. They chant “Sexual Chocolate” next. Henry gets emotional. Henry says Cena will be the greatest WWE Champion of all-time at the rate he’s going. Henry says he’s been World Champion and ECW Champion, he’s had a lot of success. Henry says he’s here to formally retire from the active roster. The fans chant for one more match. Cena hands Henry the WWE Title and he raises it up. Cena and the fans applaud Henry. Henry gives Cena the title back because he says it’s something you have to earn. Henry goes on and talks about his family getting to see more of him. Henry thanks the fans again and they cheer for him. Cena raises Henry’s hand. They hug and Henry lays Cena out with a World’s Strongest Slam. Henry says he still has a lot left in the tank. Henry throws the title at Cena before leaving the ring. Henry stops at the ramp, looks back and yells, “that’s what I do!” We go to replays.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Del Rio. Back to commercial.
- Back from the break and Henry is backstage walking. Renee Young approaches him for comment. Henry says he had everyone fooled and calls them puppets. Henry challenges Cena for the WWE Title.
Heath Slater vs. Chris Jericho
We go to the ring and 3MB is waiting. Out next comes Chris Jericho.
They go at it and Jericho strikes first. Jericho with chops. Slater turns it around drops him for a 2 count. Slater runs into a big boot. Jericho comes back with shoulders. Jericho comes off the second rope and then hits a bulldog. Drew McIntyre gets a cheap shot in on Jericho for another 2 count. Slater slams Jericho and misses a knee drop from the ropes. Jericho with a bulldog and a moonsault. Jericho hits a Codebreaker for the win.
Winner: Chris Jericho
- After the match, Drew tries to attack but Jericho ducks it and hits a Codebreaker. Jericho clears the ring and his music hits.
- Heyman is backstage talking with Curtis Axel. Matt Striker approaches for comment. Heyman says he’s the best friend of the best in the world. He says friends need space and wants Striker to talk about Curtis Axel.
Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel
Back from the break and The Miz is out for commentary. Sin Cara comes out first followed by new WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel with Paul Heyman.
Curtis attacks and goes for an early pin attempt. Cara gets in some offense and dropkicks Axel out of the ring. Axel comes back in and knocks Cara out of mid-air. Axel with kicks and a back suplex for a 2 count. Cara counters with an inverted DDT and covers for 2. They trade shots but Axel drops him with a knee to the gut. Axel runs into boots and then a kick from the corner. Cara comes off the top rope but Axel counters and moves. Axel nails his DDT finisher for the win.
Winner: Curtis Axel
- After the match, Axel talks trash to The Miz and they stare each other down.
- Still to come, Punk vs. Del Rio in the main event.
- Back from the break and they say Daniel Bryan is being evaluated for nerve damage but will face Dean Ambrose on SmackDown.
- Vince McMahon is backstage with Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero. He asks what they’re going to do about Mark Henry. Henry vs. Cena is announced for Money in the Bank. Triple H and Stephanie come in and argue about how out of control everything is. Vince tells Vickie to listen to him. Triple H says listen to him and they walk off. Stephanie tells Vickie she knows who to really listen to.
- CM Punk is backstage when Paul Heyman walks up to wish him luck and hug him before the match. Heyman praises Punk as he walks off.
CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
Ricardo Rodriguez and World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio make their way out for tonight’s non-title main event before we go to commercial.
Back from the commercial and out comes CM Punk without Paul Heyman. The bell rings and they go at it. Punk unloads and sends Del Rio to the floor for a breather already. Del Rio comes back in but Punk unloads with kicks and he goes back to the floor to regroup. The crowd boos Del Rio. Punk catches him on the floor and beats him into the barrier. Punk with a big chop before bringing it back in. Del Rio meets Punk with kicks and stomps away. Del Rio with a kick to the head for a 1 count. Del Rio keeps control until Punk comes back and goes for a GTS. Del Rio slides out and retreats to the floor again. Punk runs the ropes and dives out onto Del Rio. Fans chant for Punk as he goes to work on Del Rio’s arm. Punk rolls Del Rio back in. Ricardo distracts him, allowing Del Rio to take control. Del Rio goes to work on Punk’s arm and kicks him to the floor as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Punk starts to fight back. Punk with more kicks. Punk with a heel kick as he clutches his arm. Punk with knees. Del Rio ducks a kick and drops Punk on his arm. Del Rio with more offense and another pin attempt. Del Rio goes for the armbreaker but Punk blocks it and hits the high knee in the corner. Punk barely hits GTS and Del Rio rolls out of the ring. Del Rio leaves up the ramp with Ricardo as Punk looks on. As Del Rio heads up the ramp, he’s attacked from behind by Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler unloads on Del Rio as officials try to pull them apart. Ziggler chases Del Rio to the back and Punk is announced the winner.
Winner by Count Out: CM Punk
- After the match, Brock Lesnar’s music hits and out he comes.
Lesnar stares Punk down from the stage before making his way to the ring. Lesnar takes the mic and comes face to face with Punk in the middle of the ring. Lesnar goes to speak but drops the mic and lays Punk out with a F5. We go to replays. Punk is shown laying face down as Lesnar smiles from the ramp. RAW goes off the air.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm
WWE published an ‘storyline’ update on Dolph Ziggler’s condition on their website, noting that Ziggler is not medically cleared to wrestle. Here is an excerpt from their article:
“After suffering a brutal assault at the hands of Alberto Del Rio during their World Heavyweight Championship Match at WWE Payback, it has been determined that Dolph Ziggler is not medically cleared to compete at this time.”
“Ziggler was recently out of action for a month, due to a concussion. Though it was eventually determined that he was able to compete against his aggressive No. 1 contender on Sunday, the unrelenting onslaught that Del Rio unleashed – which ultimately caused him to lose the illustrious championship gold – clearly took its toll.”
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 12, 2013 at 12:23 am
WWE SmackDown spoilers from tonight’s tapings in Greensboro, North Carolina:
* Daniel Bryan comes out to kick off SmackDown. He cuts a promo and is very over with the crowd. Kane comes out and Bryan says he’s breaking up Team Hell No so he can be tag champions with Randy Orton. Kane says they won’t win. Bryan asks if it’s because Kane thinks he’s the weakest link. Kane chokes Bryan and Orton comes out to stop him. Orton says if Kane hurts Bryan, he hurts his team for Sunday. Orton threatens to RKO Kane. Bryan says he doesn’t need help. The Shield appears on the big screen and laughs. They love the problems going on in the ring. SmackDown goes to commercial.
* Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro is next. Cesaro comes out and says he will play host to Sheamus’ Irish wake. Sheamus wins the match with a Brogue Kick. Sheamus suffered a nasty gash in his back after being thrown into the steel steps.
* As Sheamus is leaving, Damien Sandow attacks him from behind on the entrance ramp.
* Heath Slater beat The Great Khali after hitting a DDT. 3MB distracted Khali and Hornswoggle was involved.
* Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho defeated Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston when Del Rio pinned Ziggler.
* Chris Jericho is backstage talking about his match against CM Punk but is interrupted by Paul Heyman. Jericho says the match will be a rare one and will exceed expectations.
* Aksana vs. Kaitlyn is up next. Kaitlyn slaps the referee and Aksana runs away. No winner is announced.
* Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett is up next. Barrett says they could get hurt so they should wait and fight on Sunday at Payback. The Miz comes out and says everyone wants to see them fight now. Axel pins Barrett to win the match. Miz lays out Axel with a Skull Crushing Finale after the match.
* Randy Orton, Kane and Daniel Bryan beat Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the main event. Bryan made Rollins tap out to get the win. Lilian Garcia made an announcement that it was the first time The Shield has ever been defeated in six-man action.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Credit – TVByTheNumbers
Last night’s WWE RAW viewership numbers are out. RAW averaged 3,990,000 viewers for the broadcast. This is up greatly over last weeks last weeks deadful 3,68o,000 viewer average. Here are the viewership numbers by hour:
Hour 1: 3.89 million
Hour 2: 4.09 million
Hour 3: 3.99 million
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 10, 2013 at 11:05 am
We noted before how Dolph Ziggler did not wrestle at this weekend’s live events, despite reportedly being cleared to wrestle. Ziggler started this weekend’s events by cutting a promo and announcing that he still wasn’t cleared to wrestle.
Ziggler also didn’t get physically involved in the Big E Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio main events. No word yet if Ziggler has not been cleared to wrestle but we should know more on tonight’s RAW.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm
Credit – Wrestling Observer
As noted before, the June 3rd WWE RAW did a 2.65 cable rating with 3.68 million viewers. This was the third lowest rating for a non-holiday RAW in the last 15 years and the lowest rating for a RAW show not on a holiday night or during football season since July 7th, 1997. RAW faced big competition from the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers game which drew a 8.24 rating with 11.57 million viewers.
In the segment breakdown, the opener with Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon opened at a low 2.72 rating. The Shield vs. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton gained just 1,400 viewers. The Usos vs. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil lost 450,000 viewers for a show-low 2.39 quarter rating. Big E Langston vs. Alberto Del Rio gained 258,000 viewers in the 9pm timeslot for a 2.58 quarter rating.
Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus gained 18,000 viewers. Fandango vs. The Great Khali lost 252,000 viewers. The Miz vs. Wade Barrett and the first part of the Chris Jericho and Paul Heyman contract signing gained 338,000 viewers. The second part of the signing plus The Bella Twins and AJ Lee vs. Cameron, Naomi and Cameron gained 116,000 viewers for a 2.74 quarter rating at the 10pm timeslot.
Kane and Bryan backstage plus a vignette for The Wyatt Family lost 328,000 viewers. Bryan vs. Ryback gained 463,000 viewers at 10:30pm, which is a huge increase for that period in the show. The main event rematch with John Cena vs. Curtis Axel gained 430,000 viewers for a show-high 3.14 overrun rating.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 6, 2013 at 12:50 am
On this episode of The Still Real to Us Show: we play interviews with DEAN AMBROSE and FANDANGO, look at WWE’s decision to do a 3 STAGES OF HELL MATCH with JOHN CENA and RYBACK, if CM PUNK is really coming back at PAYBACK, if KURT ANGLE was the right choice for the next TNA HALL-OF-FAME member and so much more!
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm
WWE SmackDown spoilers from tonight’s tapings in Uniondale, New York:
* This week’s SmackDown kicks off with The Miz and MizTV. He brings out Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton. They try to convince Bryan he’s not the weakest link but he argues with them like on RAW.
* Teddy Long comes out and makes Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton vs. The Shield later on.
* Curtis Axel defeated Chris Jericho. CM Punk’s music started playing in the match and this distracted Jericho, allowing Axel to get the roll-up.
* A promo for The Wyatt Family airs. Brodus Clay and Tensai were watching backstage and say Bray Wyatt is creepy.
* Heath Slater vs. Alberto Del Rio never happens as 3MB jump him before the bell. Ricardo Rodriguez helps Del Rio fight back. Dolph Ziggler appears on the big screen and announces he will be at RAW to see Del Rio.
* Ryback challenges Kane backstage to a match later tonight.
* Kane beat Ryback by DQ. Ryback put Kane through a table to cause the disqualification.
* Damien Sandow comes out for a chess game with his super computer. Sheamus interrupts and Brogue Kicks the computer. Sandow goes nuts on Sheamus and beats him down before leaving.
* Fandango squashes Zack Ryder. Ryder came out to a big pop from the hometown crowd.
* They show a video package looking at Ryback’s destruction.
* Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan beat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns by DQ when Dean Ambrose interferes. After the match, Bryan fights off The Shield but Orton hits Bryan with a RKO for payback after Bryan dropkicked Orton during the match.
0Posted by Brett Clendaniel on June 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm
Credit – TVByTheNumbers
Last night’s WWE RAW viewership numbers are out. RAW averaged 3,68o,000 viewers for the broadcast. This is down over last weeks last weeks 3,950,000 viewer average. Here are the viewership numbers by hour:
Hour 1: 3.62 million
Hour 2: 3.62 million
Hour 3: 3.80 million