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As seen on Monday’s RAW, Stephanie McMahon confronted Kaitlyn and the other Divas on the stage and told them to never interrupt her again.
This was apparently a play off a real-life situation that happened backstage recently where someone interrupted Stephanie and caused a bit of a scene.
The finish to Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton was legitimate last night in that the company stopped the match after Bryan suffered a stinger diving to the outside.
The original planned finish was for Bryan to defeat Orton cleanly to help set up a planned main event run this summer. They are building to Bryan vs. John Cena for the WWE title on a PPV.
When Bryan returned to the back, he was “irate” according to a source and complained to Triple H that the match should not have been stopped. The two got into a loud argument over it. The argument went down in the gorilla position with a lot of eyeballs on it and people were shocked because Bryan is generally soft spoken and good natured and he was standing up to one of the most powerful men in the company.
Bryan complained that he’s worked all over the world and has worked hurt and knows when he can still go and when he cannot. Triple H’s argument was that they were protecting Bryan and they don’t want anyone working hurt. Obviously, the company sees something major in Bryan and wants him ready for his push.
The two eventually apologized to each other.
WWE posted the video of Triple H online, explaining what happened as a way to use the legitimate finish and tie it into their storylines going forward.
Bryan is backstage at tonight’s Smackdown taping in Dayton, Ohio and will be wrestling Dean Ambrose as scheduled.
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There is reportedly more and more talk within WWE about CM Punk working as a babyface. Apparently Punk is coming up on having just one year left on his WWE contract so it will be interesting to see how WWE books him over the next year.
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As noted before, the June 10th WWE RAW did a 3.05 rating with 3.99 million viewers, up from the previous week.
In the segment breakdown, the opener with Triple H, Curtis Axel and Vince McMahon did a 3.11 quarter rating. The backstage follow-up plus Kane vs. Dean Ambrose lost 299,000 viewers. The post-match with Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as well as a backstage segment lost 67,000 viewers. Cody Rhodes vs. The Miz gained 116,000 viewers. The Chris Jericho interview plus Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee and Big E Langston coming out gained 316,000 viewers in the 9pm timeslot for a 3.16 quarter rating.
Jericho vs. Langston lost 185,000 viewers. Sin Cara vs. Antonio Cesaro lost 19,000 viewers. Orton vs. Reigns lost another 100,000 viewers. Rollins vs. Bryan at 10pm gained 223,000 viewers for a 3.20 quarter rating. The Bryan vs. Rollins post-match lost 62,000 viewers.
Big E being revealed as Kaitlyn’s secret admirer and AJ coming out gained 74,000 viewers. R-Truth vs. Damien Sandow lost 362,000 viewers. The overrun with Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon plus the John Cena and Ryback angle gained 521,000 viewers for a 3.33 overrun rating.
The following contains a *Spoiler* for tonight’s RAW:
According to a source who is currently backstage at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia, WWE executive Stephanie McMahon is at the arena and is scheduled to appear on tonight’s RAW.
Stephanie is expected to confront her husband, Triple H, who is disobeying her and Vince McMahon’s demands by competing against Curtis Axel.
Tonight’s WWE RAW takes place from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Virginia.
Confirmed for tonight’s show is Triple H vs. Curtis Axel and the return of World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler to confront Alberto Del Rio. WWE will also reveal who Kaitlyn’s secret admirer is on tonight’s show. Advertised locally is Ryback vs. John Cena.
WWE is focusing on the following points for tonight’s show:
* Triple H vows to defy Mr. McMahon and Stephanie
* The return of the World Heavyweight Champion
* Kaitlyn’s secret admirer to be revealed
* The CM Punk watch continues – will he appear?
* Will Cena finally get some payback?
Brian Soscia recently interviewed Randy Orton. Here are some highlights.
What he thinks are the differences with himself between when he first started wrestling and now: “I guess when I started I wasn’t as responsible as I am now. I’m a father now and I think with that came a lot of that responsibility. I have a family to take care of and a family to look out for. So, I have to put them first. Before I was married, before I became a father, I really thought I was invincible, like I think most guys in their early twenties are. A couple humbling experiences and here I am. I think the biggest difference is that I’m a little bit more mature. Still a kid at heart, but I think twice before I make every decision now. I know that every decision I make could impact my daughter.”
Does he ever travel with his family to wrestling shows in an RV: “Well yeah. It’s actually not an RV. They call them Star Coaches. It’s like a fifty foot bus. It’s got a kitchen and a bunk and a king size bed in the back with wifi and a satellite. After being on the road a decade driving 800, 1000 miles a week, I thought now that I can afford it, I’m going to treat myself. A couple of us do it: Cena, Big Show, Triple H, Undertaker had a bus, Punk has a bus, Mysterio had a bus. When guys get to a point in their career where they feel they deserve it, if they can do it, they do it. I think, longevity wise, it’s going to put another five, six, seven, eight, maybe even more, years on my career. ”
How much longer will he wrestle: “I think the tank’s still pretty much full. What I try to do is every couple months take a weekend off. Sometimes with us time flies by and before you know it you haven’t had a day off, a good night’s sleep, in a long time. Your body needs that. Your mind needs that. When you have a family you got to find a week here and there throughout the year where you can just hang up the boots and be a dad, be a husband and not be traveling the world being a WWE superstar. Everybody needs that.”
What his time was like in the ring with Hulk Hogan: “It was great. It’s magical with him, guys that are over like that. If you get the chance to be in there with someone that well known, even though I think he had a hard time moving around, it didn’t matter. That’s how powerful that brand is. He showed it, back in 2005 I think it was.
Maxim published an interviewed Randy Orton. Here are some highlights.
A potential match with DDP: “DDP is without question a legend, but let’s not forget I was called “The Legend Killer” earlier in my career…”
His favorite opponent: “I have had so many great opponents in WWE, from Triple H, to Mick Foley, to John Cena, to The Undertaker, but I would say that my favorite opponent to compete against is Christian.”
Orton also discussed 12 Rounds 2, his favorite cuss word, DDP YOGA and more.
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The Triple H concussion storyline was reportedly pushed up from this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view. This could mean that the Triple H vs. Curtis Axel match was planned for SummerSlam but may be done at Payback now.
While it’s not definite, it’s possible that we could see Triple H and Curtis Axel have a few matches culminating with a SummerSlam match.
Vince McMahon reportedly showed up before Monday’s RAW in Hartford and told the writing team to re-write the entire show.
Speaking of Vince, we reported a week ago that the eventual plan for the Triple H concussion storyline was to bring Vince and Stephanie McMahon to TV to try and talk him out of wrestling again. The angle that happened last night wasn’t supposed to happen for several weeks. WWE may have went ahead with it because of how worried they were going up against the NBA Playoffs.
As noted earlier, a fight broke out last night at Raw during the main event between John Cena and Curtis Axel. Reader Steven passed along these details about the brawl:
“I was at the RAW show last night, on the edge of the upper bowl directly overtop of the incident during the Cena – Axel match. It pretty much came out of no where in the back of the floor level seating when a fan (not sure if he was drunk, but he appeared so afterwards) threw a punch, and very quickly a larger tussle broke out that appeared to be quite violent. The entire crowd’s attention turned to it and people started a ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ chant. Security rushed over very quickly, and one of the event staff actually knocked down one of the guys throwing punches pretty hard. A couple of the guys and the girl involved were so worked up and crazy that it took 4+ men to hold them back, and even then barely could do so.
“At this point nobody was watching the match in the ring anymore and the whole crowd was buzzing and standing to see what was going on. Police rushed over to cuff those involved, and in the end 3 guys and one large woman were cuffed and escorted out by security, with the crowd cheering and yelling loudly at them. There were some people on the edge of the aisles that guided them out with DX glowsticks, like a plane.”
Mick Foley joined Busted Open with Dave Lagreca and Doug Mortman. You can hear Busted Open on Sirius 92, XM 208 and on the app on Sports Zone. Here are some highlights.
On if Triple H squashed Curtis Axel’s debut: “This is not a knock on Triple H, but Triple H talked about retiring me after I already came back three times. At that point it was a big deal in 2000 for Triple H to talk about retiring me. If Triple H has had his last match, which is a good possibility, then I see Paul Heyman bragging for the next three years that Curtis Axel retired Triple H. Which is much bigger than beating him and much more meaningful or whether or not he was slapped or made to look weak momentarily.
“For people who ask me if I think this guy has a chance. Not only is he talented and waited his turn and lived through the Michael McGillicutty indignity. I asked him about that and obviously he didn’t want to say anything bad about the company, but he said ,’It hurt a little, it stung when you get your name and it’s Michael McGillicutty. Short term you can say, ‘well why didn’t he beat Triple H?’ But like I said, me being on the outside looking in, depending how this thing plays out, never underestimate the verbal skills of Paul Heyman or the skills of Michael McGillicutty. As a fan it has me hooked. Even if you’re not saying Curtis Axel right now, I believe that Paul is the master. I call him the master gardener. He knows how much water and sunshine to give his project and then they have to grow on their own.”
On his Hall of Fame speech: “I think they intentionally had a smaller class this year and the only guideline Vince McMahon gave us was to have fun and enjoy it. That was the only critique of me when I came back to the WWE because I had left with the words ‘You’ll never speak to me this way again.’ Then I came back with the words ‘can I come back now?’ So I was a little tentative. Vince even said to me, ‘Mick, you look like you’re not enjoying yourself’ and I wasn’t.
“I did throw a minor little fit over the rumor that Donald Trump’s speech was going to air and not mine on television. I specifically remembered that I had told Stephanie McMahon a week or two earlier. I said, ‘Stephanie, the moment you guys mentioned my book on the air Countdown to Lockdown, I said at that moment I promised myself that if I was ever asked to be in the Hall of Fame that I would say yes unconditionally. I wouldn’t ask to be on at a certain point, it would be unconditionally. Then all of a sudden I hear about Donald Trump and I’m placing conditions on it. I said that’s not the way I feel. This is going to be a great night. I really apologized in front of the entire McMahon family. Because I did feel it wasn’t my place to say that and most importantly, now I was lying to what I had said to Stephanie. This came from the heart. It was supposed to be unconditional. Now I’m actually thinking about going out there and throwing my ring in the audience. These were the thoughts going through my head. By the time I got to the Garden, I’m just going to enjoy this. I went out on stage and realized I would probably never have the opportunity to address 17,000 people in THAT arena. The most important one in the country to me. I consider it maybe the best highlight of my career because I was able to recognize it.”
How he felt he did with his speech: “I dissect my speech like this. I knew it as I was giving the speech, the moment I dropped that elbow on Jericho, and I heard that pop, I should have said time to go home, because this as high as it was going to get. But I had a couple of things I wanted to say. I wish I had written out a conclusion and talk about how I wanted to be remembered, and as a guy who gave back. I was going to use Randy Orton as an example. I was the right guy at the right time and hope that other superstars could be that guy in that place for someone else down the line. I rambled on for ten minutes too long.”
On TNA: “I really enjoyed the people there. But once you had five non-wrestling talkers in the company…my role now is what it should be. The guy who occasionally comes back. I love doing the Saturday Morning Slam. If a different GM opportunity comes up, I would appreciate being considered. But I don’t need to be a big part of any show ever again. I probably outstayed my welcome by a little while.
“One nice little story about Dixie Carter. I never should have said that tweet about the empty arena match with the Rock, a.k.a. a TNA house show. That was the one that rubbed people the wrong way, because it was a slap in the face to everyone who works there, even though it was kind of funny. I was doing a show in Nashville, so I reached out to Dixie. I texted her, ‘hey I’ve got this show in Nashville, it would be really nice to see you and Serge and maybe you could come along.’ I get back in my car about an hour later and I see a text from Dixie and it says, ‘that’s ok.’ I thought to myself, ‘well, that bridge has burned. That relationship is unsolvable.’ It wasn’t until an hour after, that I saw the ‘that’s ok’ was just on the tail end of a much longer message that said, ‘ I really appreciate you thinking of us. We would love to go, but I may have to be somewhere. Can I get back to you if,’ and then the last line, ‘that’s ok.’ She did come to the show and honestly she was the first person to message me after they put me in the Hall of Fame. I wish I could have done more for them. I really do.”
Did he know Dean Ambrose would be a major star: “I knew they were really high on him. Dean was probably happier with the break with the Shield and I was the second happiest to see him get that break. I cannot physically wrestle anymore. That break that I thought I was going to be a part of, was just not going to happen. Dean would be at every TV taping, so I would see him and say, ‘hey how are things going? Anything on the horizon?’ and he would be like, ‘no man, not yet.
“I felt personally responsible. So when he said ‘yeah they had something’, I asked, ‘is it pretty good?’ He said, ‘Yeah it’s pretty good’. Ironically his career would have really suffered had he done the run with me. It would have been a nice boost, but then he would have been on his own from that point. Getting over long term is really, really difficult. These guys not only did they come up slowly, by the time they had their first match at TLC they blew everybody away at the Barclay’s Center. All three guys have the potential to be major stars. I couldn’t be happier for Ambrose. He is kind of a weird dude, but it works to his advantage. I’ve described his style as disturbingly poetic. The way that he moves, he is so fluid. William Regal was the guy that was so high on him. He said ‘he is everyone’s perfect opponent for the next ten years.’”
On being there the night Dolph Ziggler cashed his Money in the Bank briefcase: “When I heard the audience eruption, I asked, ‘what just happened?’ They said, ‘Ziggler is cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.’ I ran because I really wanted to be a part of that experience in the arena. We all know it’s a pretty good percentage rate when it comes to cashing in.
“I’m not saying this to put myself over, but I had a talk with Dolph earlier and I said, ‘man I got to be honest Dolph I thought I was going to see you cash in last night.’ Dolph then said to me, ‘yeah you and me both brother.’ I said, ‘take it from someone who knows, when you get that chance and you will, and when you become world champion, and you will, don’t let the place or the time or the circumstances dictate to you how special that moment is going to feel. Take it from a guy who won his first WWE title on a taped show in Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s going to be every bit as special as it would have been at Mania.’
“So when I heard he was cashing in, I ran to be part of the arena. I could see my arms pumping, and then I looked down at my legs and they weren’t running. I wandered out into the crowd and saw Ziggler win the world title. When he came back he said, ‘that was my Wrestlemania moment.’ It was really cool to be there. Clearly this guy is going to be the cornerstone of the company. I feel really good about the direction this company is headed.”
WWE has published a storyline update to Triple H’s medical condition on their website.
According to their report Triple H will not be on tonight’s episode of Raw. Dr. Chris Amann has advised the Cerebral Assassin that he should not be traveling under his current condition. He should stay at home and continue to rest until he is medically cleared to wrestle, which should be sometime in the middle of this week.
Credit – Wrestling Observer
Former WWE developmental head Tom Prichard, who was released when Triple H brought in his own crew, wasn’t happy about the WWE releases last week. He tweeted:
“Guys trust me; Karma gets everybody. From the ‘Lil Napolean to the Volleyball expert. Time will tell… Those who KNOW ‘know’ who Napolean and Mr. Volleyball are. ‘Nuff said. And I have no dog in this fight. But facts are FACTS!”
“Volleyball expert” refers to Triple H hire Canyon Ceman. The Napoleon jab refers to Matt Martlaro. He was nicknamed Napoleon by talents in WWE developmental because he started with them in Florida and once he started working for Triple H, the feeling was he started treating everyone differently and became unbearable.
It’s said that morale is at an all-time low in WWE developmental, according to one person. Another described it as at a mixed level. Prichard was much more liked as head trainer than Bill DeMott is. A lot of people are also being cautiously optimistic regarding the move to Orlando for the new WWE Performance Center.