For what it’s worth, two of our correspondents at last night’s SmackDown tapings in Omaha, Nebraska noted that one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns may have been injured in the main event.
Apparently Reigns tweaked his ankle during a six-man tag match with The Shield vs. Randy Orton, Big Show and Kofi Kingston. Reigns started limping after a spot with Orton on the ring apron.
Reigns was seen limping around the ring during the end of the match and was helped to the back by a referee right after the finish. A post-show beatdown by the babyfaces took place but only Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins were involved.
Tonight’s WWE TV tapings take place from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Confirmed for tonight’s SmackDown tapings is The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho, Big Show and Randy Orton.
Main Event will feature Seth Rollins vs. Kane. It’s interesting to note that WWE is still advertising injured World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler for tonight’s tapings.
After Monday’s episode of Raw went off the air in Tulsa, OK, Alberto Del Rio, John Cena and Randy Orton faced The Big Show, Jack Swagger and Ryback in a six man tag match.
Cena got the win for his team with an Attitude Adjustment on The Big Show. Our Correspondence noted that this was a very entertaining match.
Randy Orton vs. The Big Show in an Extreme Rules match is now official for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event. Here is the updated card.
It is now confirmed that the match between Sheamus and Mark Henry at Extreme Rules will be a strap match. Here is the updated lineup:
* WWE Champion John Cena vs. Ryback (Last Man Standing Match)
* World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger (Triple Threat Ladder Match)
* Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (Steel Cage Match)
* Sheamus vs. Mark Henry (Strap Match)
* Randy Orton vs. The Big Show (Extreme Rules Match)
Extreme Rules 2013 will take place Sunday, May 17, 2013 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Former WWE employee Andrew Green is suing Big Show and WWE over an alleged backstage incident at the 2013 Royal Rumble pay-per-view according to Courthouse News Service.
In the report, Green claims another WWE producer told him to get an interview with Show after his Rumble match to be posted on the company’s website. Green says Show refused to do it until he said it was at the request of Eric Pankowski. Big Show then began using “profanely indecent language,” saying if he wanted an interview he would give him one. The complaint continued:
“Big Show toward Green enraged, shouting obscenities, and waving his fist in Green’s face. Big Show then grabbed Green by the collar and throat, striking Green in the face and backing him up against a trunk while declaring ‘You son of a bitch … Are you having fun right now … Don’t even come up to me again … I don’t give a shit who you are’.”
Show requested a re-tape of the interview saying he would just walk away. Triple H requested a third take but Show said he didn’t think he would be able to do it because his emotions in the first shoot had been real. A third interview was shot but Pankowski decided to air the first interview.
Green claims he was unable to continue working for WWE after following the incident because he was uncomfortable working around Big Show and other wrestlers. He alleges in the complaint that WWE had previously “suspended or terminated Big Show’s employment because of his behavior, including his engagement in violent and/or unlawful and/or improper activities outside of the wrestling venue.”
Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox, the Yankees welcomed WWE superstars Big Show, Kofi Kingston & Natalya to take in batting practice at Yankee Stadium. The Big Show was presented with a custom New York Yankees jersey and was interviewed by MLB.com. Yankees’ reliever Joba Chamberlain & Kofi Kingston were also interviewed in and you can view the interview HERE.
Triple H took the top spot in this week’s ESPN WWE Power Rankings, followed by Brock Lesnar, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler & Big E. Langston, and the trio of Randy Orton, Sheamus and the Big Show.
ESPN’s article also took a shot at last night’s Raw, stating that it “will go down as one of the historically bad nights in wrestling television (and a clear signal that they need to end the three-hour experiment).”
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.
Credit: Ringside News
Vince McMahon was reportedly a lot more hands-on with producing and scripting last night’s RAW from Indianapolis. This was the first week since Eric Pankowski’s departure and it’s said that he wasn’t missed last night and it was like he was never there.
What likely led to Pankowski’s departure was having CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show compete in the Fatal 4 Way two weeks ago to earn the right to face The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.
Everyone felt that the Fatal 4 Way was a bad idea. People told Pankowski it was a bad idea but he blew them off and went with it. No word yet why Vince McMahon approved it for TV.
Tonight’s WWE SmackDown tapings will take place from the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. Advertised locally is Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio but no matches have been announced for SmackDown or the Main Event tapings.
Ricardo Rodriguez was kept off last night’s RAW to sell the recent attack from Big Show. Ricardo tweeted after RAW:
“Thanks @JustinRoberts for substituting for me while I heal up but I’ll resume my announcing duties soon enough. #RAWcardoRAWdriguez”
The following comes from Kris Zellner’s Lucha Report:
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Alberto del Rio gave an interview with Yahoo! Deportes over the weekend where he admitted that Mexico isn’t in the WWE plans anymore due to declining a economy, attendances, ratings, and even piracy. ADR said that once WWE sees that a market is beyond saving in their minds then they would turn their attention to newer markets. ADR said that a couple of years ago Mexico was held in high regard by the promotion but their last tour there last year was considered a flop in their eyes with the lack of merchandise sold being a key factor in determining that the product just wasn’t hot anymore.
ADR spoke of his future and said while he hopes to return to Mexico one day he feels a deep sense of gratitude to the WWE for giving him the opportunity that made him a superstar and they stood by him in very difficult situations. ADR said that the WWE is like family and when he retires he hopes to become a road agent where he will be able to share his experiences with younger talent to help them grow to become superstars like him.
WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler was interviewed by The New York Post. Here are some highlights.
Current era vs. the Attitude Era: ”I honestly feel, in my own personal opinion, that during the Attitude Era our roster was stronger. I just think that there were stronger, from top to bottom of our roster, characters and Superstars than we have now. We certainly have guys now that are capable of moving the ball and getting the job done with CM Punk, John Cena, Big Show, Randy Orton and other guys that are being featured right now. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not casting dispersions on these guys at all, but when you look back at the Attitude Era, there was some of the biggest names in the history of this industry. I don’t think anybody will argue with the fact that there may not be anyone who could fill the shoes of The Rock or Stone Cold. Those are two guys right there that were in their heyday that we have not seen the likes of since and we may never see the likes of those guys again.”
The Shield: ”I think that what they’ve done with those guys and the way they have been presented has been very good in making a fast impact. I think now their characters need to be a little more developed, in other words, let’s see a little more about these guys as individuals. You can of course still keep them as a unit but you can also hear more from them… I think you’ll agree that the Nexus shot up fast and got to that certain level and then it just kind of petered out. I would hate to see that happen to these three guys and that’s why I say it needs to go to that next level and I feel like in order to do that they’ll need to have a little bit of a different kind of exposure other than just those hit-and-run type things.”
Sheamus joined Chad Dukes of CBS Radio 106.7 the Fan & ChadDukesWrestlingsShow.com for an interview promoting the Royal Rumble. Sheamus discusses delivering a White Noise to the Big Show, The Royal Rumble, The Rock, The Shield, and Magners vs. Guinness. Highlights from the interview are as follows:
The Rock: “I personally think it’s a great thing when the Rock comes back for the simple reason that having someone like him come in, a movie star, what he’s done in WWE, it definitely brings an audience back who may have drifted away, who were there in the Attitude era drifted away to other things. It’s a great way of bringing them back in and giving us the current crop of superstars a lot of attention. People may argue “well there’s one less spot in Mania.” Well guess what, pull your socks up and do what you can to get into the show.”
The Shield’s impact on WWE: “I think it’s been a huge impact. Obviously I’ve had my issues with them, Randy, Team Hell No and Ryback. I think they’re three future individual stars right there. I think Ambrose himself is quirky and he’s got that kinda crazy persona going on, I think he’s definitely gonna be kinda like a Roddy Roddy Piper type character. I think he’s gonna be a big player in the future. I also think Roman Reigns definitely has something as well. He’s big, impressive, kinda reminds me of the Rock, when he first came in. He’s definitely got that stature & that presence about him. Obviously Seth, he’s been around the block as well, done some cool things and he can definitely go in the ring.”
The audio interview is available here.
WWE officials continue to discuss Ryback vs. Big Show for WrestleMania 29.
They are also talking about doing a Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania with Ryback in it.