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WWE SmackDown Results and September 26 Recap

September 28, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Cesaro challenges for the WWE intercontinental championship and the Big Show goes one on one with Rusev on this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown.

MATCH 1: THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose ducks a clothesline, then swings for the fences, causing Miz to bail to the floor. Back in, they lock up, and Ambrose hits a hip throw, into a standing side headlock. He follows up with a shoulder off the ropes, then counters a kneelift with a schoolboy for 2. Miz bails to the apron, where he hits a hotshot. Miz clobbers Ambrose with a double axe handle from behind, then stomps him down. Ambrose blocks a hiptoss, misses a right, and Miz bails once more. Ambrose heads out and chases Miz back in, then tackles him down before peppering him with rights. Ambrose goes for his modified Regal Stretch, then grinds Miz’s face into the mat. Back up, Ambrose nails a chop, then grinds his forearm into Miz’s face in the corner before stomping him. Miz comes back with a punch, then hits a sloppy Reality Check for 2. Miz stomps Ambrose down once more, but Ambrose comes back with a seated dropkick that sends Miz outside. Ambrose floors him with a slingshot plancha, then tosses him back-first into the barricade. Ambrose drops Miz chest and face-first across the top of the barricade, then rolls him back in. Mizdow causes a distraction, which allows Miz to nail a big boot. Commercials.

Back from the break, Miz is stomping Ambrose down in the corner. Ambrose pulls himself to his feet and blasts an incoming Miz with a forearm to the face. Ambrose hits a series of jabs, ducks a clothesline and hits a pair of his own. Ambrose connects with a cross-body, then peppers Miz with more rights before clotheslining him to the floor. Ambrose hits a suicide dive and rolls Miz back in before chasing Mizdow to the other side of the ring. Miz catches Ambrose with a quick small package as he climbs back in, but it’s only good for 2. Ambrose drops him with a tornado DDT for 2. Up top, Ambrose nails Mizdow, who is on the apron, then goes for a seated missile dropkick on Miz. Miz blocks it and “locks” in the figure 4. Ambrose crawls on his back to the bottom rope to get the break, so Miz goes for it again. Ambrose boots him away, gets hit with a left, then hits a rebound clothesline. Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins appear on the stage, and Ambrose is distracted. Miz tries to go for the SKF, but Ambrose almost immediately breaks it and hits Dirty Deeds for 3.

WINNER: DEAN AMBROSE.

Kane and Rollins climb into the ring, and Ambrose goes right after Rollins. Kane pulls him off, so Ambrose attacks Kane as well. The same thing happens to Rollins. Kane goes for the chokeslam, but Ambrose escapes and low-bridges Kane. Rollins hits a running kneelift, but Ambrose shakes it off and hits a rebound clothesline. He grabs the MITB case, ducks a clothesline from Kane and bails, heading out through the crowd, case still in-hand.

We get another Dust Brothers promo. Goldust says they have the cosmic key (the tag belts), and the Usos want them back. Stardust says they can’t have the key back. Goldust says they won’t get it, and they’ll never forget the name Gold & Stardust.

MATCH 2-14-MAN BATTLE ROYAL, WITH THE WINNER FACING DOLPH ZIGGLER FOR THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP LATER TONIGHT; PARTICIPANTS: CESARO, JACK SWAGGER, HEATH SLATER, TITUS O’NEIL, DIEGO, FERNANDO, BO DALLAS, ZACK RYDER, SIN CARA, XAVIER WOODS, BIG E, JUSTIN GABRIEL, DAMIEN MIZDOW AND KOFI KINGSTON
Dallas quickly eliminatees ones of the Matadores. He then throws Cara. Gabriel tries to eliminate Dallas shortly thereafter, but fails. Mizdow tosses the other half of the Matadores.

Los Matadores and Sin Cara have been eliminated.

Kofi tosses Gabriel. Cesaro then tosses Woods.

Justin Gabriel and Xavier Woods have been eliminated.

Cesaro and E go at it, and Cesaro presses E over his head before Titus stops him from the toss. Titus beats Cesaro down in the corner as everyone else seems focused on getting rid of Dallas. Ryder tries to toss Slater, so Swagger tries to toss them both. Titus saves his partner as E goes for a press on Cesaro. Cesaro escapes and press-slams E to the floor.

Big E has been eliminated. Commercials.

Back from the break, Kofi is trying to eliminate Mizdow. Doesn’t look like anyone else was eliminated during the break. Cesaro tries to toss Mizdow, but Mizdow escapes. Titus gets Ryder on the top, then knocks him to the floor.

Zack Ryder has been eliminated.

Swagger follows up by tossing Titus. Shortly thereafter, he tosses Slater as well.

Slater and Gator have been eliminated.

We’re down to Swagger, Kofi, Mizdow, Dallas and Cesaro. Everyone surrounds Mizdow, then quadruple-team before chucking him to the floor.

Damien Mizdow has been eliminated.

Swagger goes after Kofi while Cesaro tries to dump Dallas to the floor. Kofi avoids elimination and dives onto Swagger’s shoulders. Swagger chucks him outside, but Kofi lands on the apron. Dallas tries to break Kofi’s grip, so Kofi pulls him to the apron with his legs. Dallas rams him into the buckles, and Kofi responds with a Pendulum that sends Dallas to the floor.

Bo Dallas has been eliminated.

Cesaro goes after Kofi, but Kofi knocks him back into the ring with a kick. Swagger nails Cesaro with a Swagger Bomb. Kofi dives onto Swagger, Swagger catches him in a powerbomb position, then tumbles backwards across the ring, sending Kofi face-first into the buckles. That didn’t look like it was supposed to happen that way. Swagger goes for another Swagger Bomb, but Cesaro blocks it and tosses Swagger to the apron. He then tries to knock Swagger to the floor with rights, but fails. Kofi hits Swagger with a chop from the second rope, but Swagger just falls down on the apron. Kofi then tries to power Cesaro over the top rope, so Cesaro rakes his eyes. Back in, Cesaro shoves Kofi into Swagger, then press-slams him onto Swagger, eliminating them both at the same time.

WINNER AND NEW #1 CONTENDER TO THE INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CESARO.

Cesaro moves onto Dolph Ziggler later tonight, which should be a damn good match. Awesome spot at the end with the press-slam. I’m wondering if WWE is going to want him to do that more often, considering how many times he did it in this match.

Renee Young stops the Usos in the back to ask about their title match tonight. The Usos ramble on before basically saying they want the tag belts back.

MATCH 3-WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP: THE USOS (JEY AND JIMMY) VS. GOLD AND STARDUST (CHAMPIONS)
Stardust starts against one of the Usos. Uso elbows Stardust off a hammerlock, but then gets hit with a hiptoss. Uso responds with a schoolboy for 2, then nails a pair of chops. We find out this is Jey (hard to tell anymore since they both have dual sleeves now). Stardust avoids a corner whip and celebrates before turning around into a bodyslam by Jey. Jey then clotheslines Stardust to the floor. Goldust comes in, and they take him out with a pair of uppercuts, sending him to the floor. The Usos then hit stereo suicide dives onto the champions. Commercials.

Back from the break, Jimmy avoids a corner splash by Goldust and tags in Jey. Jey hits a series of chops, sends Goldust across the ring and hits a back-body drop for 2. Goldust backdrops Jey in the corner, but Jey lands on the apron. He knocks Stardust down, then gets hit with a hotshot by Goldust. Goldust whips Jey into the buckles from the apron, then dumps him to the floor. Stardust begins slamming Jey into the announce desk while screaming at Michael Cole. Jey blocks a slam into the steps, hits a kick and rolls back in the ring. Stardust tags out, and Goldust nails an elbow to the back on Jey. Goldust applies a rear chinlock, but Jey fights out. He goes for a powerslam, but Goldust escapes and hits an armbreaker. Stardust tags in and gets 2, then begins laying punches into Jey’s shoulder before dropping a knee. Goldust back in and he hits a straight right for 2. Goldust rips Jey’s shirt off and throws it at him before hitting a hard right. Jey comes back with a right of his own, so Goldust tackles him and tags in Stardust, who stomps Jey in the chest. Stardust tees off on Jey with rights, then mocks Jimmy. He charges at Jey, and the two hit simultaneous clotheslines on each other. Goldust makes the tag, and he prevents Jey from tagging. Jey hits a back elbow out of the corner, then kicks Stardust off the apron before backdropping Goldust to the floor. Goldust comes back in, and Jey stops him with a Samoan drop. Jimmy and Stardust both tag in, and Jimmy hits a pair of clotheslines, a mule kick, an uppercut and an exploder suplex. Goldust gets knocked outside with with a spin kick. In the ring, Stardust receives the running hip attack in the corner. Jimmy misses the superkick, gets crotched and sent to the floor. Outside, Goldust goes for a somersault plancha from the apron on both Usos. They catch him and toss him into the barricade. Stardust then hits a springboard backwards plancha, taking the Usos out. He rolls Jimmy back in the ring and covers him, only getting 2. Stardust heads up top for a moonsault, but Jimmy picks him up in an electric chair. Jey tags in, and they hit a Doomsday Device. Jimmy tags back in and hits the Samoan Splash for 2 as Goldust breaks it up with a tag belt shot, leading to the DQ.

WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: THE USOS (STILL CHAMPIONS: GOLD AND STARDUST)

Seth Rollins is with Corporate Kane in an office, complaining that Dean Ambrose stole his briefcase. Kane tells him to calm down, because he still has the contract regardless. Rollins knows that, and he knows he’s the next World Champion when he decides the time is right. That isn’t the point. The point is Ambrose has crossed the line. He despises everything Ambrose represents, and if Ambrose doesn’t return the case in the same condition he took it, he’s going to make the incident with the cinder blocks look like child’s play.

MATCH 4: LAYLA AND SUMMER RAE VS. ROSA MENDES AND NATALYA
Nattie goes after Rae, and Rae immediately tags out to Layla. Nattie rolls Layla up in a schoolgirl for 2. Layla comes back with a kick and an arm wringer. Nattie counters into one of her own. Layla reverses a hiptoss into a roll-up. Nattie breaks free and goes for the Sharpshooter. Layla kicks her away and tags in Rae. Nattie slingshots Rae into the ring, then hits her with a discus clothesline. In the corner, Nattie hits a series of kneelifts. Rae screams that she wants to be friends, then trips her into the middle buckle before stomping her in the back of the head. Rae goes for a pin, getting 2. Layla tags in and hits a kick to the gut. Rae back in, and she stomps Nattie down in the corner. Layla in again, and she foot-chokes Nattie on the bottom rope. Rae in once more, and she chokes Nattie before tagging in Layla. Layla applies a hanging headscissors over the top rope, breaks the count, then drops to the floor and trips Nattie. Rae back in as Layla hits a low seated dropkick. Rae hits a running kick, then applies a bodyscissors. Nattie flips to her stomach and nails Rae as Rae tries to apply a guillotine. Nattie throws her over her head, so Rae whips her down by the hair. Rae misses a legdrop, and Mendes tags in. Layla tags in as well, and Mendes hits two of the worst clotheslines in history before the worst dropkick this side of Erik Watts for 2. Layla hits the Bombshell for 2, but Nattie breaks it up. Rae charges in, and Nattie immediately dumps her to the floor. Nattie turns around, and Layla kicks her to the floor as well. She rolls Mendes up with a handful of tights and gets 3.

WINNERS: LAYLA AND SUMMER RAE.

Wow. That is one of the worst Divas matches I’ve ever seen. And that screams volumes.

Renee Young is wasting oxygen with the Big Show. She asks about the footage with Mark Henry from Main Event, as well as tonight against Rusev. He says he’s known Henry for a long time. Henry has a big heart. He took his losses to Rusev hard, and they got to him. He has a strong bond with Henry. They’re brothers from different mothers. Rusev and Lana want to degrade Henry and the US. You have the freedom to do that in this country, but freedom comes with a price. Jack Swagger told Rusev, “We the people”. Henry told them the same thing. Now, Rusev has to deal with the Big Show, and Show is going to knock his ass out.

MATCH 5-INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CESARO VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER (CHAMPION)
The two quickly reverse several hold attempts by each other before going into a lock-up. Cesaro backs Ziggler into the ropes, forcing a break. Cesaro takes Ziggler down, and Ziggler counters. They go through several more counters until Cesaro backs Ziggler into the corner. He gives a clean break, then boots Ziggler before nailing a straight right. Ziggler gets whipped across the ring, and Cesaro hits a monkey flip. Ziggler lands on his feet and hits a hiptoss before dropping the Show-Off Elbow for 1. Ziggler attacks Cesaro in the corner, but quickly gets dumped to the floor. Cesaro heads out and throws him back-first into the barricade before deadlifting him up and rolling him into the ring. Cesaro hits a slingshot double stomp for 1, then applies a top wristlock. Ziggler breaks it with a knee to the gut, then goes for a neckbreaker. Cesaro spins through into a back suplex, then taunts the crowd. Ziggler gets back to his feet, and Cesaro applies an abdominal stretch. He grabs the top rope for leverage without the ref seeing, then breaks it when the ref checks on the hold. He repeats this spot once more. Ziggler manages to get his footing and counters the hold with a falling hiptoss. Cesaro is back to his feet first, and he stomps Ziggler in the face before mounting the middle of the middle rope, hitting a flying elbow for 2. Cesaro applies a modified cobra clutch, and Ziggler manages to counter with a sit-out jawbreaker. Ziggler hits a back elbow in the corner, then avoids a splash. He goes for one of his own, but Cesaro catches him mid-air with a shot to the face. Ziggler recovers enough to pop up with a dropkick. He goes for the rocker dropper, but Cesaro catches him in position for a powerbomb. Ziggler tries to reverse it into a hurricanrana, but Cesaro powers him back up. Ziggler rolls over Cesaro’s back into a stacked-up pin and manages to get 3 while Cesaro has his hand on the bottom rope, out of the ref’s line of sight.

WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Cesaro argues with the referee as we see a replay two more times.

God. More Renee Young. And she’s joined by Rusev and Lana. Oh, for joy and happy day. Lana speaks in Russian, mocks Young for not understanding, then says Big Show will suffer the same fate as Mark Henry. Rusev will crush him. Rusev then speaks in Russian.

MATCH 6: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. THE BIG SHOW
Show goes on the attack, sending Rusev to the corner with body blows. He whips Rusev across the ring, hits a corner splash, and takes Rusev down with a headbutt. He sets Rusev up in the corner for a chop, whips him across the ring and hits a corner clothesline. Show nails another series of body blows, then throws Rusev to the adjacent corner for another chop. Rusev stops it with a chop to the throat, then goes on the attack with rights. Show comes off the ropes with a sunset flip for 2, then knocks Show to the floor with a running shoulderblock. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev hotshots Show on the outside. Back in, Show hits him with another shoulderblock. He knocks Rusev down with another headbutt, then lands a big chop in the corner. Show hits another shot to the gut and another chop. Show hits a hip attack and bounces off the ropes, where Rusev takes him down with a front chopblock. Rusev begins working over Show’s left leg before applying a legbar. Rusev punches Show in the knee while in the hold, then drops a series of elbows before reapplying it. Show gets his other leg over Rusev’s head and breaks the hold by slamming his leg across Rusev’s nose. Rusev charges in, and Show counters with a sidewalk slam for 2. Show calls for the Knockout Punch, but Rusev ducks and hits a jumping side kick for 2. Rusev applies a rear head-and-arm, but Show powers himself up and breaks the hold with a series of elbows. Show nails a pair of clotheslines, sends Rusev into the corner for another one, then does it again on the other side of the ring. Rusev ducks another clothesline, but Show then puts him down with a chokeslam. He calls for the KO Punch again, but Lana grabs his foot. He turns his attention to her, and Rusev clobbers him with the Russian flag, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: THE BIG SHOW.

Rusev continues the attack with the flag, then signals for his kick. Show blocks it and levels Rusev with the Knockout Punch.

End of show.

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WWE SmackDown Results and September 19 Recap

September 21, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns and Rusev collide in a huge WWE Friday Night SmackDown main-event on the Night of Champions go-home show.

MATCH 1: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION JIMMY USO (W/JEY USO) VS. STARDUST (W/GOLDUST)
We get an inset promo from the Dust Brothers, and it’s one of their weird-ass promos about a cosmic key and whatnot. The match starts, and the two jockey for position with a lock-up. They trade a few blows, then Jimmy nails a clothesline out of the corner. Stardust gets a rope break off a waistlock, then misses a clothesline. Jimmy hits a couple of strikes and goes for a Samoan drop, but Stardust counters it into a neckbreaker. Stardust stomps Jimmy down, then stomps him in the gut. He nails a forearm to the head, then stands on Jimmy in the corner. Jimmy comes back with an uppercut, but Stardust recovers and drops down to hit a kick to the head. Jimmy nails a boot out of the corner, then misses a superkick. He blocks a kick, hits a mule kick, then nails a superkick off the ropes for 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

Goldust tries a sneak attack after the match, but the Usos send him to the floor with a double superkick.

MATCH 2: CESARO AND THE MIZ (W/DAMIEN MIZDOW) VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER AND WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION SHEAMUS (W/R-ZIGGLER)
Cesaro and Ziggler start, with Ziggler going for Cesaro’s leg. Back to a vertical base, Ziggler gets in a waistlock. Cesaro counters into a side headlock, then hits a hip throw. Ziggler counters into a headscissors, and Cesaro counters that back to the headlock. He hits a shoulder off the ropes, then mocks Ziggler with a hip swivel. Cesaro hits another hip throw as Miz hasn’t taken his stupid sunglasses off yet. Back to the action, the two crisscross until Cesaro blocks a hiptoss. Ziggler ducks a clothesline and goes for a sunset flip. Cesaro blocks it and goes for a press slam. Ziggler escapes and hits a dropkick. Miz distracts him, which allows Cesaro to hit a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker out of the corner for 2. Miz tags in, hits a boot and finally loses the glasses. He hits another low boot for 2, then nails a few lefts. He stomps Ziggler down, then goes for a suplex. Ziggler counters into a small package for 2, then hits a quick neckbreaker. He misses the rocker dropper, and Miz nails the Reality Check for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Miz hits a hanging clothesline in the corner, then goes up top, hitting a double axe handle for 2. Miz rakes at Ziggler’s face, then applies a rear chinlock. Ziggler counters with a jawbreaker, and now both are down. Cesaro makes the first tag and goes after Sheamus. Sheamus nails a right, and Ziggler hits Cesaro with a back-body drop. Cesaro grabs Ziggler’s leg to prevent a tag, then throws him to the adjacent corner. Ziggler nails an elbow and dives for the tag, but Cesaro catches him. He looks for a toss, and Ziggler impales him with a DDT. Miz and Sheamus tag in, and Sheamus hits all the hot tag offense, eventually tosses Miz to the apron for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran (actually hitting 15), then hits him with a rolling fireman’s carry slam for 2. Miz comes back with a kick off the ropes, but then runs into the Irish Curse for 2 as Cesaro breaks it up with a double stomp. Ziggler launches him to the floor, and Miz launches Ziggler. Miz turns around, and Sheamus hits him with a tilt-a-whirl powerslam. Mizdow jumps on the apron, and Sheamus looks for the 10 Beats again. Mizdow escapes, but then gets nailed by R-Ziggler. Miz tries to roll Sheamus up for a quick pin, but only gets 2. He hits a snap DDT for another 2, then signals for the SKF. R-Ziggler jumps on the apron for a distraction, which allows Ziggler to sneak in and blast Miz with a superkick. Miz gets up, and Sheamus drops him with a Brogue Kick for 3.

WINNERS: SHEAMUS AND DOLPH ZIGGLER.

After the match, Cesaro tries a sneak attack on Sheamus, but Sheamus sees it coming, forcing Cesaro to retreat.

MATCH 3: HEATH SLATER (W/TITUS O’NEIL) VS. ADAM ROSE (W/THE EXOTIC EXPRESS)
Slater nails a punch to the side of the head, then clubs Rose down in the corner. He whips Rose across the ring, but then eats a pair of boots in the opposite corner. Rose goes up top and hits a cross-body for 2. Rose hits a hip throw into a side headlock. Slater eventually counters with a back suplex, then nails a kick to the ribs. Slater hits a low running boot for 1, then begins to pelt Rose with rights in the corner. He foot-chokes Rose, hits a bodyslam, then mounts the middle rope. Rose blocks Slater’s dive with a foot, then rolls him up with a small package for 2. Slater misses a splash in the corner, and Rose hits a pair of forearms before dropping Slater with a spinebuster. He nails a corner clothesline, then lays in a few shots to Slater’s gut before ripping off his shirt. Titus trips Rose behind the ref’s back, allowing Slater to nail him with a Harlem Side Kick for 2. Rose’s bunny gets in the ring and starts bunny-hopping around before hitting Titus with a slingshot plancha. Slater is distracted, and when he turns around, Rose hits him with the Party Foul for 3.

WINNER: ADAM ROSE.

Renee Young is standing by with Rusev and Lana. She mentions the match with Mark Henry at NoC, then turns to tonight against Roman Reigns. Lana speaks in Russian, then Rusev does the same. Back to Lana, who speaks in more Russian. Very productive interview here.

MATCH 4: LOS MATADORES (DIEGO & FERNANDO) AND THE BIG SHOW (W/EL TORITO) VS. THE WYATT FAMILY (LUKE HARPER, ERICK ROWAN AND BRAY WYATT)
Fernando and Rowan are the legal men after a commercial break (that took place before the match started). Fernando mocks Rowan and hits a tilt-a-whirl into a sunset flip. Rowan blocks and throws Diego to the corner. Fernando dives off the buckles, but Rowan catches him and hits a fall-away slam. Wyatt tags in and stomps Fernando down before hitting a snap suplex and a running senton. Harper tags in and drops an elbow, followed by a fist drop for 2. Harper hits a European uppercut, and Fernando comes back with a forearm. Fernando hits a sunset flip for 2, and Harper blasts him with a forearm. He walks across Fernando before tagging in Rowan, who hits a jumping kneedrop. Rowan drives his fists into Fernando’s temples. Fernando tries to fight out, so Rowan goes for a back suplex. Fernando lands on his feet and tags in Show. Show hits a pair of clotheslines, sends Rowan to the corner, hits a hip attack and goes for a shoulder. Rowan ducks and nails a front chopblock, then tags in Wyatt. Wyatt assaults Show, then hits a low DDT for 2. Harper in, and Harper puts the boots to Show before applying the Gator Roll into a side headlock. Show gets back to his feet and shoves Harper away, but Harper comes back with a dropkick. Rowan tags in and kicks Show to the floor. Wyatt tags in and begins nailing Show on the outside. Show crawls back into the ring for a tag, but Wyatt cuts him off. Harper in, and he applies a rear chinlock. Show gets to his feet and breaks the hold with a back suplex. Show goes to the middle rope, missing the Vader Bomb. Harper nails one of the Matadores on the apron, then quickly tags out to Wyatt. Wyatt applies his own rear chinlock now, and Show once again breaks the hold with a back suplex. He tags Diego, who hits a big chop off the top rope. He follows up with a spinning headbutt off the ropes, followed by another and a series of rights. He avoids a back-body drop, then trips Wyatt into the middle rope. Wyatt shakes it off and drops Diego with a flying back elbow. Outside, Fernando ducks a clothesline from Rowan, but gets dropped with one by Harper. Show shoves Rowan into the barricade, so Harper nails him with a superkick before shoving him face-first into the ring post. Back in the ring, Diego ducks a clothesline and hits Harper with a suicide dive on the outside. He hits a hotshot on Wyatt on the apron, then misses a dive off the top rope before Wyatt hits him with a Sister Abigail off the ropes, in one fluid motion, for 3.

WINNERS: THE WYATT FAMILY.

Resident waste-of-space Renee Young is once again with us, this time joined by Roman Reigns. She mentions tonight’s match with Rusev. Reigns says he doesn’t discriminate. It’s one vs. all. Tonight, it’s Rusev, and Sunday, it’s Rollins again. Believe that.

MATCH 5: WWE DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE VS. NIKKI BELLA (NON-TITLE; GUEST COMMENTATOR: AJ LEE)
Paige shoves Nikki, so Nikki shoves back. Paige tackles her, then pulls her up by the hair and throws her to the corner. Nikki hits a back elbow out of the corner and some ridiculous middle rope kick for 2. Paige rolls to the apron, so Nikki knocks her to the floor with a hip attack. Nikki rolls Paige back in, so Paige now knocks her to the floor with a kick. Paige rolls Nikki back in, then applies a scissored rear chinlock. Nikki breaks the hold, so Paige clubs her down. Nikki comes back with forearms, but Paige stops that with a side kick. Nikki hits a clothesline, a dropsh*t and a back-body drop. A modified facebreaker gets 2. Paige comes back with another side kick, then hits the Paige Turner for 3.

WINNER: PAIGE.

Lee grabs the Divas title, then climbs into the ring, holding the belt like a baby. Paige screams to have it back. Lee starts to hand it to her, but won’t completely let go. Nikki rips it out of both of their hands and clobbers each of them with it.

MATCH 6: JACK SWAGGER (W/ZEB COLTER) VS. BO DALLAS
Swagger immediately backs Dallas into the corner, and Dallas forces a break. They lock up, and once again Dallas gets himself into the ropes. After the break, Dallas slaps Swagger and bails to the floor. Swagger chases him back into the ring, and Dallas once again hits the floor. Swagger heads out from the other side and surprises Dallas with a clothesline. He sends Dallas face-first into the announce desk, then rolls him into the ring. Dallas kicks him on the way back in, then hits a neckbreaker. Dallas nails a short-arm clothesline out of the corner for 1, then applies a side headlock. Swagger fights out, but Dallas nails a forearms. Swagger reverses a corner whip and hits a big boot. The Swagger Bomb connects, but Dallas escapes the belly-to-belly. He heads out to the floor yet again, then heads back into the ring and crawls to the other side. Swagger tries to pull him back in by the ankle, but Dallas drops to the floor. He hotshots Swagger’s arm, then climbs back into the ring, hits the Running Bo-Dog and gets 3.

WINNER: BO DALLAS.

Dallas tells Swagger he appears to have lost his swagger. Does Swagger want to end up like Zeb, a haggard, old senior citizen? A waitress at a local diner told Dallas Zeb stole 3 packets of sugar and is a terrible tipper. It’s obvious Swagger is a slow learner. If he wants to be successful in WWE and in life, all he has to do is Boli…Swagger interrupts the speech by kicking Dallas in the face and sending him running up the ramp.

More Renee Young. I really don’t know how they justify paying her salary. Mark Henry is the subject of one of her “interviews” now, and she asks how he’s feeling after RAW. He says he feels good. 1992 at the Olympics, he was defeated by a Russian. In 1996, a Russian won after he left due to injury. This Sunday, he has the chance to not only win for himself, but for the fans and this country. Mark Henry crush Rusev.

MATCH 7: ROMAN REIGNS VS. RUSEV (W/LANA)
Reigns charges at Rusev, and Rusev shoves him back. They lock up once more, jockeying for position, until both fall through the ropes to the floor. Rusev is up first, and he nails a kick. He goes for an iron claw, but Reigns breaks it and nails an uppercut, sending Rusev back into the ring in the process. Back in, Reigns nails a back elbow and a kneelift. Rusev shoves him off and nails a kick to the midsection. He clubs Reigns across the back, stomps him down, then hits a series of strikes in the corner. Reigns tries to shake it off, but Rusev applies a bearhug. Reigns elbows his way out, blocks a throw to the corner, then lands one of his own. Reigns comes off the middle with a flying clothesline, then hits another from the mat before Rusev nails a spinning heel kick. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rusev has Reigns locked in another bearhug. Reigns gets back to his feet after a minute or so and hits a pair of headbutts. Rusev sends him to the corner and hits a running shoulder thrust. Reigns blocks a second attempt, avoids a corner splash, misses a corner clothesline, bounces off the buckles and hits a clothesline on the second try. He hits another clothesline, but then gets hit with a vertical splash against the ropes. Reigns shakes it off and hits a Samoan drop, followed by some mounted punches. He lands a corner clothesline, ducks one from Rusev and lands a jumping one for 2. Another corner clothesline connects, as does an uppercut and a boot into the ropes. Reigns drops to the floor and hits the jumping apron kick. Back in, Reigns loads up the Superman Punch, but Seth Rollins runs down and causes a distraction from the apron. Rusev blasts Reigns with a jumping side kick, then goes for the Accolade. Reigns escapes and hits a back suplex. Rollins climbs to the top, briefcase in-hand, and looks to nail Reigns. Reigns ducks, and Rusev takes the case to the head, leading to the bell.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: RUSEV.

Reigns clotheslines Rollins to the floor, then nails Rusev with the Superman Punch. Rollins is back to his feet, and he drags Reigns to the floor. Reigns tackles him over the announce desk, then rams him into the barricade before tossing him into the crowd. Reigns chases after him.

Rusev and Lana celebrate Rusev’s “victory” back in the ring, when Mark Henry comes out. He points up, and a giant American flag drops from the ceiling. Henry hits the ring, and Rusev cuts him off with stomps to the back. He hits a few forearms as well, but that’s when Henry starts to get back to his feet. He shoves Rusev to the corner, then hits him with the World’s Strongest Slam.

End of show.

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John Cena and Brock Lesnar WWE RAW Brawl

September 16, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

WWE is heading into Night of Champions 2014 with one of the worst go-home RAW shows I can remember, yet there was one bright spot. The brawl between John Cena and Brock Lesnar highlighted one of the better RAW segments of the year.

I don’t want to get too much into my Night of Champions predictions because I may do an entire blog on that later in the week. However, you can generally get a feel of who is going over in the top PPV matches by the way the angle plays out on RAW the week before. If that still holds true, it would look to me that Brock Lesnar is retaining the belt on Sunday…as well he should.

One of the things that Cena has said is that he doesn’t necessarily want the belt, he just wants to beat up Brock. I think that was a dead giveaway for the fact that Cena will likely lose the match via DQ but come out of it looking like the victor. The way this angle played out on Monday seems to support that. Cena got the better of Lesnar, which is to be expected. That tells me that Lesnar is retaining the title on Sunday because why would Cena get the better of him and beat him Sunday? Maybe he wins out against someone else in that scenario but not Brock Lesnar!

Anyway here is the brawl from Monday thanks to WWE’s YouTube channel. Check it out and whether you like Cena or not, it is hard not to get pumped about this rematch on Sunday at WWE Night of Champions…which you can watch for only $9.99 in case you haven’t heard.

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WWE SmackDown Results and September 12 Recap

September 14, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns team up to  take on Seth Rollins and Randy Orton in this week’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown main-event.

MATCH 1: THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM (THE BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY), AND WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS THE USOS (JEY & JIMMY) VS. GOLDUST, STARDUST, LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN (W/BRAY WYATT)
Goldust goes after Jimmy, but Jimmy throws him to the corner and nails a series of strikes. Goldust reverses a corner whip, Jimmy puts on the breaks and knocks Goldust down for 1. Goldust recovers and throws him to the heel corner. Stardust tags in and nails a right. Jimmy comes back with a mule kick and a chop. He hits another one in the corner as Jey tags in. Jey hits a chop that sends Stardust into the middle rope. Jey drives his knee into Stardust’s back, then applies an arm wringer. Jimmy back in, and he comes off the top with a double axe handle. Stardust pushes him back to the heel corner and Harper tags himself in. He misses a couple of clotheslines and gets hit with a seated dropkick. Henry tags in and hits a big headbutt. He drops down for a JYD headbutt, then hits a corner whip, followed by an avalanche. Harper gets whipped one more time, but comes back with a big boot for 2. Wyatt, who was on the stage, starts to come down to the ring, only to have Show step between him and the ring. Commercials.

Back from the break, Jimmy hits Harper with a big cross-body from the top. He nails a mule kick and an uppercut, ducks a clothesline and goes for a Samoan drop. Harper escapes, blocks a kick, but then gets hit with a spin kick to the head. Jimmy charges at Harper in the corner, but gets backdropped to the outside. Jimmy lands on the apron, but then awkwardly falls to the floor, acting like his knee is hurt. Not sure if the spot was planned that way or not. On the replay, we see Jimmy slipped. The match is continuing, so I’m guessing that was planned. Stardust has tagged in, and he assaults Jimmy on the floor before rolling him in for 2. Goldust tags in and hits a Northern Lariat for 2. He drags Jimmy by his bad knee and tags in Harper, who immediately kicks said knee. Harper hits a European uppercut, but Jimmy comes back with strikes. He hits a sunset flip off the ropes for 2, but then gets nailed with a dropkick by Harper for 2. Rowan tags in for the first time and drops a knee before driving his fists into Jimmy’s head. Jimmy gets to his feet, but gets put back down with a knee. He recovers and manages a desperation Samoan drop off the ropes. Rowan tags in Goldust who goes for a back suplex. Jimmy lands on his feet and nails a superkick. Show and Stardust tag in, with Show hitting a clothesline and a pair of corner clotheslines. He hits a shoulderblock off the ropes and calls for the chokeslam. Goldust comes in, and Show goozles him as well. They fight him off and hit a double suplex. Henry knocks Goldust to the floor with a vertical splash. Harper & Rowan enter the ring and send Henry to the outside as well. They continue the brawl at ringside, with Goldust joining in. Jimmy takes them all out with a suicide dive. In the ring, Stardust hits the Disaster Kick on Show, followed by a dropkick. Jey makes a blind tag as Show hits the Knockout Punch. Jey comes off the top with the Samoan Splash, and this one’s over.

WINNERS: THE USOS AND THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM.

We see Kane with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton, saying RAW was a huge success. Chris Jericho and Roman Reigns won’t soon forget what these two did. Rollins says he knows what makes Reigns tick. It’s too bad Reigns can’t harness that fear. Tonight, they finish him for good. Orton likes the sound of that. Jericho says Orton has had everything handed to him. The beating Jericho suffered on Monday will be nothing compared to the beating they hand out to him tonight. Kane calls that what is best for business.

MATCH 2: BO DALLAS VS. JUSTIN GABRIEL
Wow. First time I’ve seen Gabriel outside of the bunny suit in a long time. Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter are at ringside for this match. The bell rings, but before the action starts, Dallas gets a mic and says that life’s funny sometimes. Most of the crowd are destined to be failures their entire lives. But if they work hard and listen to what he says, they can be just like him; you can all be “America’s Sweetheart”. Now, would you please rise and put your hand over your heart…Zeb cuts him off and says if Dallas is “America’s Sweetheart”, he’s Arianna freaking Grande. I have no clue who that is, so this reference means nothing to me. Zeb emphasizes that even he doesn’t know who that is. Good job there. Dallas needs to admit he’s running a scam. He shouldn’t be in the ring; he should be on an infomercial, selling snake oil. Real Americans don’t need to Bolieve; they need to cover their heart and say, “We the People”.

The action finally starts, with Dallas hitting forearms. Gabriel slides under his legs, hits a few kicks and rolls him up for 2. He hits an Oklahoma roll for another 2, but then gets sent hard into the corner. Dallas hits some mounted punches and a short-arm clothesline. Dallas applies a rear chinlock, and Gabriel counters with a jawbreaker. He hits some more kicks, then nails a forearm to the face. He hits another one off the ropes and follows up with a roundhouse to the chest. He hits a cross-body in the corner, then comes off the top with a springboard version for 2. Gabriel blocks a clothesline and hits an STO before missing an Asai moonsault. Dallas hits a running knee to the face, then hits the Running Bo-Dog for 3.

WINNER: BO DALLAS.

Dallas challenges Swagger to get in the ring, and Swagger responds. Dallas tries to stop him at the apron, but Swagger shoves him away. Dallas immediately turns tail and heads up the ramp.

AJ Lee is on commentary for the next match, which is fine by me.

MATCH 3: SUMMER RAE (W/LAYLA) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE (NON-TITLE)
Apparently, WWE is still doing the bit with Rae and Layla, despite the fact that absolutely no one is interested. Paige backs Rae to the corner with a lock-up. Rae reverses and attempts to stomp Paige down in the corner. She applies a version of the full-nelson with her legs, then turns it into a bodyscissors while hitting Paige in the back. Paige turns onto her stomach and breaks the hold with a headbutt. She ducks a clothesline and hits a short-arm clothesline of her own. She throws Rae to the middle rope for a series of kneestrikes from the apron, then gets back in the ring to attempt to apply the Black Widow. She mostly gets it right, and Rae taps out.

WINNER: PAIGE.

Layla enters the ring to confont Paige, but Lee stops her with a mule kick to the gut. She then drops Layla with a Paige Turner. Paige gets pissed and tries to lecture Lee, but Lee blows her off and skips her way out of the ring.

Michael Cole is in the ring, and he announces we are getting a USA vs. Russia arm-wrestling contest right now. He then plugs the WWE Network before introducing Mark Henry as the first contestant. Rusev and Lana are out next.

MATCH 4-ARM-WRESTLING CONTEST: MARK HENRY VS. RUSEV (W/LANA)
Before the contest starts, we must endure Lana’s usual crap (“Shut tup!”). Her and Henry verbally fellate their “respective” countries (since Lana is from Florida, and Rusev is Bulgarian).

After Rusev chalks up, the two get into position. Rusev pulls away after the start, claiming he slipped. Referee Dan Engler (aka Rudy Charles. Didn’t realize he still worked here) calls for a restart. Rusev re-chalks, and the contest starts. Henry immediately powers Rusev down, winning in easy fashion.

WINNER: MARK HENRY.

Lana immediately complains to the referee, and that’s when Michael Cole says she and Rusev want a rematch, using the left hands this time.

They lock up again, and Henry once more dominates. That’s when Lana throws chalk in Henry’s face. Rusev nails Henry in the gut with a kick, then another to the back. The Russian flag drops as Rusev celebrates his loss. Rusev starts to leave, but Henry pulls himself to his feet. Rusev knocks him back down with a jumping thrust kick to the face.

Renee Young is standing by with Chris Jericho. She asks about the Cage Match with Bray Wyatt, as well as the attack by Randy Orton. Jericho says that, last Monday night, he fought in one of the greatest Cage Matches in RAW history. He took chances, even scaling to the top of the cage and jumping off onto Wyatt. It was awesome. He took some chances. Some worked, some didn’t. He lost that match, but he did it on his terms, and he can accept that. What he can’t accept is being attacked from behind by Orton to make a statement. By taking Jericho out, Orton makes a statement, but he didn’t finish Jericho off. “The Viper” made a mistake because, as of right now, Jericho is the “Viper Vanquisher”. And, as of right now, after this is over, Orton will never, ever be the same again. Hiss.

We see the Miz and Damien Mizdow. They’re in action next.

Miz and Mizdow come out for their tag team match, and Dolph Ziggler is out next. He grabs a mic and says Miz’s idea for a stunt-double is pretty rad, so, please welcome, for the night, Ziggler’s stunt-double, R-Ziggler.

MATCH 5: THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER AND R-ZIGGLER (R-TRUTH)
Dolph and Mizdow start, and Mizdow hits a kneelift. Dolph blocks a punch, hits one of his own, hits a snapmare and lands the Show-Off Elbow. R-Ziggler tags in and applies an arm wringer before hitting a snapmare. He hits a Show-Off Elbow of his own for 2. Dolph tags in and continues the focus on the arm before hitting a dropkick for 2. Dolph applies a front chancery while taunting Miz. He switches places with R-Ziggler as the referee is dealing with Miz. The ref sees what is going on, and apparently decides to let it go for a moment before telling them to swap. Miz tries the same thing, only to get hit with a double hiptoss. Mizdow receives the same fate before both men are clotheslined to the floor. R-Ziggler and Dolph taunt the crowd as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Miz is in control of Dolph with a rear chinlock. Dolph reverses and kicks Miz away. R-Ziggler makes the hot tag, hitting a couple clotheslines and a corner splash. Mizdow distracts R-Ziggler, then gets knocked to the floor for his troubles. Off the distraction, Miz hits a big boot. Miz stomps R-Ziggler down, then gives himself a money shot before booting R-Ziggler in the face. Mizdow tags in and goes for a cover, getting 2. Mizdow nails a running boot off the ropes for 2, then tags in Miz, who stomps R-Ziggler down. R-Ziggler fights him off, but then gets hit with the Reality Check for 2. Mizdow tags in and goes for the Reality Check, but R-Ziggler counters into a backslide for 2. Miz tags in and hits a legdrop off the ropes as Michael Cole actually makes a “This match may go broad-way” joke. Mizdow backs in, and he goes for the figure-4. R-Ziggler kicks him away, and Miz tags in, knocking Dolph off the apron in the process. Miz turns around into a leaping DDT by R-Ziggler. Dolph pulls himself back up and makes the tag. Mizdow tags in for his team as well, only to get hit by a full-assault by Dolph, ending with a neckbreaker out of the corner. Dolph misses the rocker dropper, and Mizdow goes for the SKF. Dolph escapes and hits the rocker dropper for 2. Miz breaks up the pin, and the referee is trying to get him out of the ring. R-Ziggler comes in, misses an axe kick on Mizdow, and Dolph nails a right. R-Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag, and Dolph gets the pin.

WINNERS: DOLPH ZIGGLER AND R-ZIGGLER.

Byron Saxton is with Nikki Bella. He asks about the Jerry Springer intervention. She says it has been a rough week, and the world got a taste of her rough life. She’s the victim here, not Brie, and now everyone knows it. Brie put Springer on a stretcher, and she has to live with that. Now, she’s going to focus on the Divas title, which helps make her forget she has a sister. AJ Lee interrupts and says Nikki weaseled her way into the title match, then calls Nikki Stephanie’s lapdog. The camera pans out to show Paige, saying they shouldn’t be fighting. Lee is right; it’s about her and Lee, not, “whatever-your-name is”. She loves Lee and wants to settle this. She says bye to “Brie”, and as she & Lee leave, Nikki says this will be easy.

MATCH 6: CHRIS JERICHO AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. SETH ROLLINS AND RANDY ORTON
Reigns and Orton start, and Orton immediately lays in some right hands. Reigns comes back with a snapmare and a pair of shoulderblocks before clotheslining Orton to the floor. He knocks Rollins off the apron, then heads outside to continue the assault on Orton. He nails Rollins, then tosses Orton back into the ring. Orton recovers and knocks him off the apron, into the announce desk. Commercials.

Back from the break, Orton is choking Reigns on the middle rope. Reigns recovers enough to knock Rollins down on the apron, but Orton continues the assault before getting a 2. Reigns gets to his feet while in a side headlock, then breaks the hold with a version of the blue thunder bomb. Jericho and Rollins tag in, and Jericho hits an overhand blow from the top ropes. He knocks Orton off the apron before hitting Rollins with a Flashback. He catapults Rollins into the buckles, then rolls him up into the Walls of Jericho. He breaks the hold to knock an incoming Orton to the floor, then turns back around to Rollins, hitting him with a running facebuster. He goes for the lionsault, but Orton punches him in the face. Rollins covers him for 2, then tags in Orton. Orton stomps Jericho down, then drops a knee for 2. Orton pulls Jericho up by his hair, and Jericho nails a few chops before getting hit with a powerslam for 2. Orton stomps Jericho in the chest and tags in Rollins. Rollins hits the 3 Amigos, then taunts Reigns on the apron. He charges at Jericho, but gets backdropped to the floor. Rollins rolls into the announce desk as Jericho crawls for a tag. Rollins gets back into the ring and prevents the tag, then tags out to Orton. Orton pulls Jericho to the corner for some forearm shots to the chest, then whips him across the ring. Jericho blocks the charge, then hits a missile dropkick from the middle rope. Jericho starts holding his bad knee, but still manages to crawl to make the tag to Reigns. Reigns knocks Rollins to the floor, then goes for a Samoan drop on Orton. He lets Orton go when Rollins re-enters the ring, hitting Rollins with it instead. He nails a leaping clothesline on Orton, sending him to the corner. He throws Rollins to the corner as well and hits them both with a splash. He knocks Rollins to the floor, then knocks Orton into the bottom rope before hitting the apron kick. Rollins springboards into the ring, but Reigns catches him by the throat and clotheslines him to the floor. Jericho tags in and hits a top-rope cross-body for 2 as Reigns clotheslines Rollins into the crowd outside. Back in the ring, Orton hits the 3.0 as Rollins and Reigns are shown brawling in the crowd. Orton goes for the suspended DDT, but Jericho escapes and rolls Orton up in a quick schoolboy for 3.

WINNERS: CHRIS JERICHO AND ROMAN REIGNS.

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Hulk Hogan Talks John Cena, State of the WWE, and More

September 12, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

[366l]Hulk Hogan has never met an interview opportunity he didn’t like. That is evident lately as new Hulk interviews are popping up online weekly. The latest comes from Inside Pulse and while short on time, an interesting conversation nonetheless.

Murtz Jaffer, an admitted Hulkamaniac caught up with Hulk at a recent Fan Expo in Canada. Hogan and Jaffer cover a variety of topics which predictably included Hogan’s memories on wrestling in Toronto. Hulk also talks about the current WWE landscape including where he lies in the “John Cena Sucks debate. Hogan also teases a possible feud with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, the Authority. Hogan also talks working as a heel or face and what he likes better.

Check out the interview. It’s a quick and dirty conversation with the Hulkster brother!

WWE SmackDown Results & September 5 Recap

September 07, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

John Cena opens this weeks show (at the University of Nebraska) and panders to the crowd, since his new merchandise shares its colors with the Cornhuskers. In 3 weeks, at NoC, he will face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World title. No more talk of whether or not he’s changed or if it’s best for business; at NoC, he will face Lesnar for the title. The match is made, so enough.

Stop talking about whether it’s right or wrong, whether Cena is ready, etc. He’s been here for 12 years and had thousands of matches. After Summerslam, though, everyone is looking at him like he’s at the end of his road, like he’s a fragile old man. He is John Cena. He’s a WWE superstar, and he fights. He does that because he wants to be champion, because that is the symbol of excellence. The day he doesn’t want to be champion is the day he leaves and never comes back. He lost one match to the destructive force in WWE history. Since Lesnar returned in 2012, he has destroyed everyone in his path. NoC will be difficult, but on that night, Cena gets his redemption. He doesn’t care what everyone thinks; line them up, he’ll knock them down, and you can still get the WWE Network for $9.99. What’s the point of all this? He’s going to NoC not to beat Lesnar; he’s going to beat Lesnar’s ass.

Corporate Kane comes out, accompanied by Seth Rollins. Anyone else find it odd that Kane works two separate gimmicks that are actually exactly the same aside from wardrobe? Kane is surprised. Rollins tells Cena he’s having a mid-career crisis. Kane says Cena is overcompensating. Cena calls Kane the poster child for Men’s Wearhouse, and calls Rollins a child. Kane says he is a competitor, but also has authority in this company, and he could set up a match that would test Cena’s limits right now. If he were Cena, he’d watch his tone.

Roman Reigns heads to ringside by way of the crowd. Reigns says that, on Monday night, he’s finishing his business with Randy Orton. He’d start right now, but Orton isn’t here tonight. So, that allows him to focus his attention on Kane and Rollins. He’d loving nothing more than to make their lives a living hell, and he’d like to do that right now. Cena likes that idea and says we can believe that. Kane says that won’t happen. Rollins says this is why they’re them and he & Kane are who they are. The Authority is 10 steps ahead in this game. The lights go out, and when they come back on, the Wyatt Family are standing at ringside.

Chris Jericho’s music hits, and he joins the party. Right behind him is the World’s Strongest Tag Team. They start marching towards Kane and Co., but Triple H interrupts. He says that, no matter how much you love your job, there are still things that are a burden. So, he’s out here to do his busy work. He wouldn’t want the almighty Cena to think he can’t make decisions. Trips then does an impression of Teddy Long before announcing a 10-man tag team match for later tonight. How about that, playa? Holla.

MATCH 1: CESARO VS. INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER (NON-TITLE)
Sheamus is on commentary for this match. Cesaro hits a waistlock takedown, spins around and smacks Ziggler across the back of the head before applying a rear chinlock. Ziggler tries to counter, but no luck. Cesaro hits a shoulderblock off the ropes, then blocks a hiptoss. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, hits a neckbreaker and drops the Show-Off Elbow for 2. Cesaro sends Ziggler to the corner, Ziggler blocks the charge, then comes off the middle. Cesaro catches him and hits a backbreaker. Cesaro stomps Ziggler down, then taunts Sheamus. Cesaro nails a straight right, then chokes Ziggler on the middle rope from the floor before nailing a European uppercut. He points at Sheamus, then slides back into the ring for 2. Cesaro applies a cravat, but Ziggler fights out and hits a sunset flip for 2. Cesaro escapes and nails a series of forearms before hitting a jumping elbow for 2. He rakes Ziggler’s face, then goes back to the cravat. Ziggle fights out and goes for another sunset. Ziggler powers him up, then hits a gorilla press into a gutbuster for 2. Haven’t seen that move in a few years. Commercials.

Back from the break, Cesaro has the cravat once more. Ziggle eventually counters with a jawbreaker, then pops up with a dropkick. He goes for a splash in the corner, but Cesaro catches him in mid-air with another European uppercut for 2. Cesaro powers him up with a double-underhook, looking for a tiger bomb. Ziggler counters into a sit-out facebuster for 2. Ziggler avoids a tilt-a-whirl by continuing to spin into a scissored sleeper. Cesaro breaks it by backing into the corner. He then blocks a superkick, misses a clothesline and gets hit with a nice leaping DDT out of an attempt at the Very European Uppercut for 2. Dammit if this isn’t a fun match. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper and gets blasted with a clothesline. Ziggle comes back with a quick schoolboy out of nowhere for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Cesaro nails Ziggler from behind post-match, then peppers him with rights. Sheamus enters the ring to stop the attack, throws the US title at Cesaro, who catches it before having it Brogue Kicked into his face.

Excellent opening match. Would love to see more Ziggler/Cesaro in the future.

We see Star Dust in his darkened area, talking to himself about what’s been going on between his team and the Usos. Apparently, this is all driving him mad. Goldust pops up and says we all go mad sometimes. The Usos will get what they deserve, and at NoC, the Dusts will get what they deserve. Stardust says they’ll align the stars themselves.

MATCH 2: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION JIMMY USO (W/JEY USO) VS. HEATH SLATER (W/TITUS O’NEIL)
Jey Uso is on a crutch at ringside. Slater backs Jimmy to the corner with a lock-up, then misses a right. Jimmy nails him with a chop, then another on the opposite side of the ring. Slater reverses a whip, Jimmy puts on the breaks, ducks a clothesline, then misses a splash. Slater then hits a neckbreaker off the ropes for 2. Slater stomps Jimmy down, then kicks him in the chest. Jimmy goes down off a right hand, and now Slater has him in a rear chinlock. Jimmy fights out and hits a slap to the face. Slater trips Jimmy, sending him face-first into the middle buckle. Slater celebrates, but then gets hit with a mule kick and a corkscrew moonsault for 2. Titus gets up on the apron, but Jey distracts him by banging his crutch on the apron. Jimmy knocks Titus to the floor with a superkick, but then turns around into a Harlem Side Kick by Slater for 2. Slater goes for the Smash Hit, but Jimmy escapes. Slater comes off the middle rope and gets hit with a superkick on the way down. Jimmy hits the Samoan Splash and gets 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

We get a promo from Stephanie McMahon-Levesque from earlier today. She announces that, at NoC (followed by a WWE Network plug), Paige will defend the WWE Divas Championship against both AJ Lee and Nikki Bella in a Triple Threat Match.

Byron Saxton is standing by with the aforementioned Nikki, who is wearing a ridiculous headband. Saxton asks about the announcement Nipple H just made. Nikki thanks her for the opportunity, and now she understands what it’s like to have a real sister. The turmoil in her life is coming to an end, and she no longer has Brie as a shadow. Saxton points out that Brie apologized. Nikki says she won’t return the favor. She’s been put through so much hardship in her life. As far as Brie’s match with Paige tonight, all Nikki has to say is good luck.

Rusev and Lana make their way out, and are planning to respond to Mark Henry’s challenge for NoC. Long story short (after Lana tells the crowd to “Shut tup!”), she calls Mark Henry past his “prime time”. The Russian flag drops, and Lana continues on for a moment until Henry walks out onto the stage. Henry tells Lana she talks too much. She and Rusev have shown their true colors. He made a challenge to Rusev, but that’s not the question. The question is, will Rusev accept, or will he hide behind the loudmouth woman that looks like an escort? Lana says they will prove the US’ inferiority when they beat its former Olympian at NoC. Henry says that night, he’ll give Rusev a good, old-fashioned, red, white and blue ass-whipping.

Nikki Bella is on commentary for this match. Thankfully, AJ Lee is also on commentary to pick up the slack.

MATCH 3: BRIE BELLA VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION PAIGE (NON-TITLE)
Paige mocks Brie for being a crybaby. Brie hits a few forearms, then chokes Paige across the top rope. Paige comes back with a kick, but then gets put in a waistlock before Brie hits a takedown. I should point out Brie is now wearing actual gear for the first time ever. The two lock up, and Brie backs Paige into the ropes. She gives a clean break, then goes back to the lock-up, tossing Paige across the ring. Paige screams at Brie and slides under the bottom rope, trying to sucker Brie to the outside. It eventually works when Paige armdrags Brie to the floor. Paige continues to scream (Daffney, she is not in that department) as Brie crawls back into the ring. Paige meets her with forearms to the back, then hits the three worst headbutts I’ve ever seen. I would’ve expected better from her. She pulls Brie through the ropes, goes to the apron and hits a series of kneelifts. Back in the ring, Brie ducks a clothesline and hits one of her own. She hits a dropsh*t, then connects with a knee against the ropes. Brie hits another knee to the face, and another. Brie heads to the middle rope as AJ takes off her headset and goes around the desk to Nikki. In the ring, Brie hits a missile dropkick as Nikki shoves AJ at ringside. AJ knocks Nikki on her ass and begins pounding on her. Brie pulls her off, looks conflicted, and then heads back to the ring. Paige immediately hits her with the Ram-Paige and gets 3.

WINNER: PAIGE.

We see the Wyatt Family appear on the screen. Luke Harper says he is the serpent, and unfortunately for you, little rat, you cannot outrun your fate. Bray Wyatt appears and says it’s all but too late for you, Chris. The reapers are calling you out by name. Tonight, all the wicked will be punished. On Monday, it’s all for you. You gotta pay for your sins, Chris. Wyatt then laughs before Erick Rowan says, “Run.”

MATCH 4: ZACK RYDER VS. BO DALLAS
Ryder nails a quick dropkick, but Dallas comes back with knees and a back suplex. He hits a knee to the face, but then gets hit with a facebuster off the ropes. Ryder tries to block an attack in the corner, but Dallas whips him down onto his back. Dallas hits the Running Bo-Dog and gets 3.

WINNER: BO DALLAS.

Guess they didn’t like him using the Future Shock as a finisher. After the match, Dallas addresses his fellow Americans, saying that, since they all live in Nebraska, something terrible has obviously happened in their lives. But if Jack Swagger can turn things around in America, they too can all turns their lives around. All they have to do is one thing. Please rise and place your right hands over your hearts and, in a loud, clear voice, please repeat after him…

Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter interrupt, and Swagger charges to the ring. Dallas cuts him off early, but Swagger isn’t having any of it. He starts unloading on Dallas before hitting him with an elevated belly-to-belly. Swagger sends Dallas to the corner, hits a few rights and goes for the Patriot Lock. Dallas escapes, but then gets sent to the floor, courtesy of a big boot. Zeb tells Dallas if he’s going to say something, he could at least do it right, then goes into his catchphrase.

MATCH 5: SETH ROLLINS, CORPORATE KANE AND THE WYATT FAMILY (LUKE HARPER, ERICK ROWAN & BRAY WYATT) VS. THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM (THE BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY), ROMAN REIGNS, CHRIS JERICHO AND JOHN CENA
Show and Rollins start for their teams. Rollins goes after Show’s legs, but Show just tosses him to the corner for a big chop. Rollins tries to fight back, but to no avail. Rollins receives another chop, and now Henry tags in. Show sends him in for an avalanche, and Henry then takes Rollins down with a headbutt. Henry hits the JYD headbutt, then tags in Show after throwing Rollins to the corner. Show hits a running hip attack, then presses Rollins over his head. Rollins escapes, ducks a clothesline and tags in Wyatt. Show hits a standing armdrag, and Wyatt is laughing. Wyatt tries some weak punches, then gets thrown to the corner. Rowan tags himself in and hits a series of forearms. Show comes out with a sunset flip off the ropes for 2, then nails a flying shoulderblock. Rowan gets sent to the corner, and Show rips the top of his coveralls for a chop. Henry tags in, and he gets sent in for another avalanche. Henry chokes Rowan in the corner, then hits a series of shoulder thrusts. Jericho tags in and comes off the top with an elbow to the back of the head. He hits a seated dropkick as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Show and Kane are now legal. Kane hits a series of strikes, but then gets hit with a hip attack in the corner. He comes back with a dropkick to the knee, and now Wyatt has tagged in. Wyatt stomps Show down, hits an elbow and tags in Harper. Harper hits a kick before driving his elbow into the back of Show’s head before applying a rear chinlock. Show gets back to a vertical base and fights his way out, but then gets hit with a Harper dropkick for 2. Harper tags in Rollins, and they stomp Show down. Rollins begins working on Show’s left knee, then turns around to taunt Cena. Kane in, and he hits a running boot to Show. Kane stomps Show down as Wyatt tags in. Wyatt continues the stomping, and now the two trade punches. Wyatt shakes the punches off and hits a quick DDT for 2. Harper tags in and applies the Gator Roll, into a side headlock. Show gets back to his feet and breaks the hold with a back suplex. Reigns tags in for the first time and nails a pair of clotheslines before knocking Kane off the apron. He blasts Harper with a jumping clothesline, followed by an avalanche, an uppercut and a Samoan drop. He then knocks Rollins off the apron, heads outside and sends him into the barricade. Harper attacks Reigns and sends him into the barricade as well. Harper rams Reigns back-first into it as we go to commercials.

Back from the break again, Rowan is legal for his team and is in control of Reigns, driving his fists into Reigns’ temples. Reigns gets to his feet and goes for a spear, but Rowan sidesteps him and sends him to the floor. Rollins tags in, drops to the floor and stomps Reigns down. He sends Reigns head-first into the ring post, then chucks him into the barricade once more. Back in the ring, Rollins paintbrushes Reigns’ head before applying a side headlock. Reigns fights out, misses a clothesline and gets nailed with a spin kick to the head for 2. Harper tags in and goes for a suplex. Reigns blocks attempts not once, not twice, but thrice, then hits one of his own. Harper is up first, and he nails a big boot for 2. Kane in, and he tries in vain to hoist Reigns up for a superplex. He gets him up on the second time, but Reigns knocks him off the ropes. Reigns then comes off the top with a flying clothesline. Jericho tags in and hits a series of chops, ducks a clothesline and hits a flying forearm. Kane sends him to the outside, but he lands on his feet on the apron. Off the top, Jericho hits a double axe handle and follows up with a running facebuster. The lionsault connects for the first time in seemingly years, but Kane is back up. He goes for the chokeslam, but Jericho escapes and hits a step-up enziguri. He goes for the Walls, but Wyatt interrupts. Jericho sends him to the floor, then turns around into a big boot by Kane. Harper tags back in and hits a quick series of elbow drops. Commercials.

We’re back for the final time, and Rollins is once again legal, hitting Jericho with a Sling Blade for 2. Rollins punches Jericho down in front of Show, then ties Jericho up for a chop. Jericho puts on the breaks off an Irish whip attempt, then backdrops Rollins to the floor near the announce desk. Rollins recovers and gets back in, tagging in Wyatt before Jericho can tag out. Wyatt attacks Jericho with headbutts and a rear chinlock. Jericho tries to get to his feet, but Wyatt grinds him back down. He tries a second time, hits Wyatt in the gut, breaks free, then gets cut down with Wyatt’s flying back elbow. Wyatt crab-walks towards Jericho, spins back over and looks for Sister Abigail. Jericho fights him off and hits a dropkick. Rollins and Cena both make the tag, and Cena loads the spaceship with the rocket fuel, hits the Proto-Plex and the Five Knuckle Shuffle. He goes for the AA, but Kane stops it with an uppercut. Reigns drops him with a Superman Punch. Harper drops Reigns with a superkick. Henry drops Haprer with a clothesline. Rowan does the same to Henry. Show nails Rowan with a sidekick. Wyatt nails Show with a flying back elbow. Jericho sends Wyatt to the floor with a right. Rollins nails Jericho with a flying knee striker. Cena traps Rollins in the STF, but the Wyatt Family quickly breaks that up with a triple team attack. After trying to restore order for a moment, the referee rings the bell, throwing this match out.

WINNERS: NO CONTEST.

Post-match sees all 10 men having an all-out brawl. Jericho takes Wyatt out with a Codebreaker. Henry hits Rowan with a World’s Strongest Slam, while Show hits Harper with a chokeslam at the same time. Reigns ducks a clothesline from Kane and nails him with a spear. Cena caps things off with an Attitude Adjustment on Rollins.

End of show.

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Rob Van Dam Talks Latest WWE Run, Paul Heyman, and More

September 05, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Former WWE and ECW world champion Rob Van Dam is fresh off of his latest WWE tour of duty and is already doing media. The legendary pro wrestling journalist (and my one-time broadcast partner) Bill Apter was the first to catch RVD who talked about his recent run and much more in the Apter Chat.

“Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam talks about his new schedule, offers some perspective on his latest run, why he left, will he come back, his home decor, TweetSecret, traveling, Paul Heyman’s latest WWE run, his new project, and more. Having interviewed Rob myself several times over the last several years I could tell you that he is always a fun interview and is one of the most revealing superstars you’ll get from the WWE (or just fresh off of). Even better, this interview was done over Skype so you can see Rob in all of his glory. Enjoy!

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WWE Top 10 Video: World Championship Victories

September 01, 2014 By: Category: lists, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE has posted one of the more interesting top 10 lists on its YouTube channel. The WWE ranks the top 10 WWE championship wins in a list that is bound to stir debate among wrestling fans.

Before I get into anything I just want to preface this by saying you have to take these lists for what they are. It is someone’s opinion the same as I have my opinion and you have yours. Thus there really is no right or wrong list when it comes to something this subjective. That said, this list is ridiculous!

10 – The Rock defeats Triple H (Backlash 2000)
9 – Eddie Guerrero defeats Brock Lesnar (No Way Out 2004)
8 – Mankind defeats The Rock (Monday Night Raw, 1999)
7 – Randy Savage defeats Ted DiBiase (WrestleMania 4)
6 – Ultimate Warrior defeats Hulk Hogan (WrestleMania 6)
5 – Daniel Bryan defeats Batista, Randy Orton (WrestleMania 30)
4 – John Cena defeats JBL (WrestleMania 21)
3 – Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart (WrestleMania 12)
2 – Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik (New York, NY, 1984)
1 – Stone Cold Steve Austin defeats Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 14)

This is not as bad of a list as some of their others. I am a little surprised at the lack of political influence on this list. Not one Triple H or Randy Orton title win makes the list. One thing that is never stipulated however is the criteria. If the criteria is impact on the business, I have no problem with the first two title changes. Yet if that was the criteria, the remainder of the top 10 would look much different.

I am surprised that Daniel Bryan not only made the list but made the top five. It appeared that the WWE were phasing out the historic implications of Bryan’s win when they kept him off of  the NBC version of WrestleMania 30. Maybe that won’t be the case at all? Putting him at five was not where I expected to see him on this kind of list.

I will probably do my own list at some point so I don’t want to tip my hat. But right off the top there are several obvious omissions.

Brock Lesnar defeats The Rock (SummerSlam 2001)
CM Punk defeats John Cena (Money in the Bank 2011)
Bruno Sammartino defeating Buddy Rogers (New York, NY 1963)

In the meantime have at it and enjoy the trip down memory lane.

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Happy 35th Birthday WWE Intercontinental Championship

September 01, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

The WWE Intercontinental championship celebrates its 35th birthday today. The Inertcontinental title has wrapped around the waists of some of the greatest workers in WWE history. Its present value may be diminished but its place in history remains strong.

It is almost impossible for someone watching pro wrestling today to understand what the I-C title meant for several decades to WWE fans and wrestlers. At one time some would argue the best workers in the company were rewarded with this prestigious title. Today the title is more a curse than a blessing, but that doesn’t change 35 years of rich history.

The WWE recently ranked the top 25 champions in I-C history on WWE.com. I did my own ranking a few years ago here on the CCB. Our top ten was very similar, yet we couldn’t be further apart on our overall first choice. My number one champion, Magnificent Muraco didn’t even make their .com top ten. How does a man who held the title for a combined 541 days over two title reigns not even break the top ten? However, we weren’t far apart on number two as I ranked Randy Savage two while they had him at one.

When I started watching wrestling in 1982 the intercontinental title was just as much a focal point of WWE or WWF television at the time as was the world title. Quite frankly the intercontinental title had more visibility as the I-C champ appeared on weekly television more often than the world champ. It was the feud for that title which grabbed my attention more than any other, specifically the challenger. It didn’t get much better than the Magnificent Muraco as far as I was concerned.

Even as a kid I liked an entertaining heel more than a white bread babyface. Muraco was the man as far as I was concerned. Today I still can sit back and enjoy a Muraco promo or match from that period as he (as well as the combination of him and Lou Albano) was just that good in and out of the ring. There really weren’t many others better.

Muraco’s feuds with Pedro Morales, Rocky Johnson, and especially Jimmy Snuka were the show stealers for me. I didn’t care about Bob Backlund’s title matches or Andre the Giant’s freak show feud against another big man. I just wanted to see the Magnificent one in action whether it was on Saturday morning television eating a hot dog destroying a jobber or coming within inches of losing his title at the Spectrum. The Intercontinental title was put on a bannister for me from day one thanks to Muraco.

As I got older and wiser to pro wrestling the I-C title remained my favorite title series. The title quickly evolved into the “worker’s title” as wrestlers from that era will tell you. Hulk Hogan gave you the show, but the intercontinental title gave you the wrestling. Tito Santana, Greg Valentine, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Curt Hennig, Ricky Steamboat, and Davey Boy Smith epitomized this ethic and only got better with the pressures of the championship.

Ironically if you poll longtime WWE fans you will likely find more intercontinental title matches in their top ten greatest WWE matches of all-time than WWE world title bouts. Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage, Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith, Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect all find their way into those lists and showcase how great that 1980s-early 1990s era of the intercontinental championship truly was.

The belt got derailed in the mid-1990s and took a serious step back to the WWE championship. Yet through the efforts of some the greatest workers in WWE history, the prestige of the championship was reborn in the Attitude Era. Steve Austin, Owen, Hart, Edge, Chris Jericho, The Rock, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Jeff Hardy, and William Regal put the worker back into the worker’s championship.

Unfortunately the championship has probably seen its lowest value over the last several years. I can’t understand how the same guy who booked this championship with such prestige 25 years ago has reduced it to a meaningless championship for bottom feeders. The era of Valentine, Muraco, Savage, and Steamboat has given way to the era of Big E. Langston, The Miz, Curtis Axel, Kofi Kingston, Ezeikiel Jackson, and Bad News Barrett.

There is a glimmer of hope as Dolph Ziggler has recently regained the I-C title. Ziggler rehabilitated the belt more than anyone four years ago, specifically with a highly underrated series against Kofi Kingston. Ziggler is a throwback to that 80s ear of I-C champions and is arguably the only one in the company today who could turn the fortunes of that title around. Maybe the Chairman of the Board has had a change of heart?

And that would be the best birthday present this little title born out of a phantom tournament in Rio de Janeiro could ask for.

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WWE SmackDown Results and August 29 Recap

August 31, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Roman Reigns teams with the World’s Strongest Team to take on the Wyatts this week on WWE Friday Night SmackDown.

MATCH 1: ROMAN REIGNS VS. BRAY WYATT (W/LUKE HARPER AND ERICK ROWAN)
The two lock up, and Wyatt breaks free to nail some rights. Reigns throws him to the corner and mounts the middle buckle for some rights of his own. Wyatt escapes and pulls Reigns’ foot from underneath him. Reigns gets whipped across the ring, but rebounds with a clothesline. He hits a few more rights until Wyatt tosses him to the floor. He lands on his feet and gets back on the apron. Wyatt kicks him on the way back in, then hits a vertical splash, knocking Reigns to the floor near the Family. Outside, Wyatt blasts Reigns with a clothesline, then rolls him back in for 1. Wyatt nails Reigns in the back of the head before applying a rear chinlock. Reigns gets to his feet and fights out, but Wyatt kicks him in the shin and clubs him back down. Reigns gets up once more and yanks Wyatt down by the hair. He ducks a clothesline and hits a jumping clothesline of his own. Out of the corner, Reigns nails a back elbow, then looks for a back elbow. Wyatt escapes and hits his flying back elbow and a running senton for 2. Wyatt goes to the middle rope, but Reigns cuts him off before hitting him with a running Samoan drop for 2. Reigns hits a corner clothesline, followed by an uppercut. Outside, Reigns ducks a clothesline from Harper and nails Wyatt with his apron kick. He turns to Harper, and now the Family are beating him up on the outside, leading to the DQ.

WINNER VIA DISQUALIFICATION: ROMAN REIGNS.

The Wyatt Family attack Reigns some more before rolling him into the ring, before Bray Wyatt can continue the attack, the World’s Strongest Tag Team come down to even things up. Reigns recovers and tosses Wyatt to the floor as the two tag teams brawl on the outside. Rowan is tossed into the ring, where Reigns nails the Superman Punch.

MATCH 2: ROB VAN DAM VS. SETH ROLLINS
Rollins backs RVD into the corner and quickly stomps him down. He whips RVD across the ring, then runs into a back elbow. RVD hits a springboard thrust kick, avoids a back-body drop, then eats a mule kick. Rollins dropkicks RVD into the ropes, then picks him up for a bodyslam for 2. Commercials.

Back from the break, Rollins hits a flying forearm in the corner before mocking RVD. Rollins applies a rear chinlock, but RVD fights to his feet. Rollins stops him with an elbow to the head, avoids a high kick in the corner, but then gets hit with a second on the rebound. RVD nails a superkick, then misses the Rolling Thunder when Rollins moves out of the way. RVD avoids the curb stomp and hits a spinning dropkick. RVD goes up top and goes for the Five-Star, which also misses. Rollins ducks a clothesline and hits a spin kick to the head for 2. Rollins heads up top, but RVD crotches him by kicking him in the face. RVD up on top now as well, and he goes for a superplex. Rollins blocks it by raking RVD’s eyes, then goes for a sunset flip powerbomb. Instead, he holds on, runs across the ring and powerbombs RVD into the buckles. Rollins then hits the move again, nails the curb stomp and gets 3.

WINNER: SETH ROLLINS.

The Miz comes out as Dolph Ziggler is in the ring. He talks about not having to wait in line at Disney Land. Because he’s a movie star. It’s a perk, like having your own stunt double. Tonight, a stunt double will be playing Miz tonight against Ziggler, and that is Damien Mizdow.

MATCH 3: INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION DOLPH ZIGGLER VS. DAMIEN MIZDOW (DAMIEN SANDOW; W/THE MIZ) (NON-TITLE)
Miz is on commentary, so the TV goes on mute. In the ring, Ziggler hits a dropkick at the opening bell, and it’s good for 2. Mizdow recovers and rams Ziggler into the corner, then stomps him down. He hist a snap suplex for 2, then continues stomping before hitting a few rights. Mizdow nails a headbutt, but Ziggler comes back with a jawbreaker. Mizdow recovers and hits a back elbow off the ropes before missing a kneedrop. Ziggler ducks a clothesline, hits a pair of his own and a corner splash. Mizdow pushes off a neckbreaker and dropkicks Ziggler in the knee. He applies a figure-4, but Ziggler manages to turn it over. Mizdow gets a rope break, misses a clothesline and gets nailed with the Zig-Zag for 3.

WINNER: DOLPH ZIGGLER.

Rusev and Lana are in the ring. You know the drill.

MATCH 4-SUBMISSION MATCH: RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. JACK SWAGGER
God, this feud needs to end. We all know Swagger is going to lose here. Again. What’s the point? Swagger goes for a quick single-leg, but Rusev breaks free. Swagger applies a waistlock, but can’t pick Rusev up due to his injured ribs. He blocks a kick from Rusev, which happens to be Rusev’s bad foot, causing him to limp to the corner. Swagger ducks a clothesline and hits an elevated belly-to-belly, hurting his ribs in the process. He goes for the Swagger Bomb, but Rusev rolls to the apron. Swagger grabs him in the Patriot Lock before letting go at 4. Rusev slides to the floor, and Swagger comes after him. Rusev launches him into the barricades twice as we go to commercials.

Back from the break, Swagger receives a flapjack off the ropes. Rusev hits a splash to Swagger’s back as he’s hanging in the ropes. The impact knocks him to the floor, and Rusev follows. He nails a couple body blows on Swagger, who is leaning against the ring post. Rusev goes for a kick, and Swagger blocks it, applying the Patriot Lock. Rusev crawls back into the ring to break the hold. Swagger climbs in and nails a clothesline. He tries to whip Rusev across the ring, but Rusev collapses. Swagger begins working on the bad foot, then drops Rusev with a big boot. He hits the Swagger Bomb, hurting himself again in the process. He recovers, but Rusev takes him down and applies Swagger’s own Patriot Lock. Swagger reverses and pulls Rusev to the middle of the ring. Rusev crawls on his forearms and manages to just barely grab the bottom rope. Swagger breaks the hold and pulls Rusev back. Rusev kicks him off. Swagger misses a front chopblock, and Rusev levels him with a jumping side kick. He stomps Swagger in the spine and locks in the Accolade. Swagger gets an arm free and begins crawling to the bottom rope, eventually getting there, breaking the hold. Rusev drags Swagger by the foot to the other side of the ring, stomps Swagger in the back twice more and reapplies the Accolade. Swagger gets to his knees, gets his feet in front, and all of a sudden a white towel gets thrown into the ring, apparently thrown in by Bo Dallas off-camera. The ref is confused, and as he goes to get rid of it, Dallas runs to the other side of the ring and trips Swagger. Rusev applies the Accolade once more and Swagger finally taps out.

WINNER: RUSEV.

After the match, Dallas says he saved Swagger from further embarrassment. He wouldn’t have had to throw the towel in if Swagger had just Bolieved. Swagger tries to go after him, but Dallas kicks him away before hitting the Running Bo-Dog.

We see the Miz on his phone, talking to his agent. Apparently, he’s got another gig, and he’ll be there in an hour. Someone is tapping on his shoulder, and Miz is trying to blow him off. He continues his bullsh*t until the mystery man slaps him on the back. Turns out it’s Kane. Kane tells the agent on the phone Miz can’t make it because he’s got a match with Sheamus tonight.

So…is Kane supposed to be a tweener at this point, or is this whole angle just supposed to further emphasize that no one, including his fellow heels, give a smoking dumpster fire of a sh*t about Miz?

MATCH 5: WWE TAG TEAM CO-CHAMPION JIMMY USO (W/JEY USO) VS. STARDUST (W/GOLDUST)
Before the match, Goldust apologizes for what happened Monday night. They really want the Tag titles, and they lost their heads. Please accept their apology. The Usos seem receptive, and now the match starts. Jimmy backs Stardust into the corner, then does it again on the other side. Jimmy nails an uppercut and a chop. He hits another chop, then slaps Stardust in the face. Stardust comes back with a kick and a drop-down uppercut. Stardust rams Jimmy in the corner, and Jimmy comes back with a quick running schoolboy for 3.

WINNER: JIMMY USO.

After the match, Goldust nails Jimmy from behind, and now the Dusts are assaulting both Usos. Goldust kicks Jimmy to the floor, and they double-team Jey before throwing him to the floor as well.

Miz is in the ring with his “stunt-double”, Damien Mizdow, mic in-hand. Please, no. Sheamus comes out to face Miz, but before that happens, Miz talks about his face. Once again, playing his part is Mizdow.

MATCH 6: DAMIEN MIZDOW (W/THE MIZ) VS. WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION SHEAMUS (NON-TITLE)
Miz jumps on the apron, allowing Mizdow to nail Sheamus from behind. He assaults Sheamus in the corner as Miz heads to the announce desk. You know what that means. Back to the action, Mizdow continues the assault in the corner before hitting a series of kneelifts and a headbutt. He connects with a back elbow off the ropes, then stomps Sheamus down in the corner. Sheamus comes back with a pair of Irish Hammers out of the corner, then hits a tilt-a-whirl powerslam before throwing Mizdow over the top. Mizdow lands on his feet on the apron, so Sheamus ties him up for the 10 Beats of the Bodhran. He hoists Mizdow up on his shoulders, nails White Noise and gets 3.

WINNER: SHEAMUS.

Miz hits a cheap shot on Sheamus after the match, then bails to the floor and heads up the ramp. Dolph Ziggler comes out and tosses Miz back into the ring. Sheamus loads up the Brogue Kick, misses Miz but nails Mizdow as Miz flees through the crowd.

MATCH 7: THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM (THE BIG SHOW & MARK HENRY) AND ROMAN REIGNS VS. THE WYATT FAMILY (LUKE HARPER, ERICK ROWAN AND BRAY WYATT)
The two teams start brawling before the bell even rings. Reigns knocks Wyatt to the floor and into the announce desk. Henry and Harper spill to the floor as well. The bell rings, and Show hits a sunset flip on Rowan for 2. He drops an elbow to Rowan’s shoulder a couple times, then tags in Reigns. Reigns nails Rowan, then applies an arm wringer. He drops an elbow to the shoulder, then tags in Henry. Henry hits a boot and clubs Rowan down before continuing to work over the left arm. Show back in, and he hits a headbutt. Show throws Rowan to the corner and goes for his big chop, but Rowan nails Show and tags in Harper. Harper runs right into a hiptoss. Show puts Harper in the corner and connects with the big chop this time. Harper trudges to the opposite side of the ring, where Show hits another big chop. Show hits a series of body blows, then knocks Harper down with a headbutt. He hits a snapmare, and a low seated dropkick for 2. In the corner, Henry tags in and hits a headbutt. He drops down and nails a Thump, then whips Harper across the ring, hitting an avalanche. Rowan causes a distraction, which allows Harper to nail a dropkick. Wyatt tags in and stomps Henry down before dropping a headbutt. Commercials.

[Back from the break, Rowan and Henry are legal. Rowan goes for a suplex, but Henry reverses into one of his own. Show tags in and nails Rowan with a pair of clotheslines, a running hip attack in the corner and a running shoulderblock. He signals for the chokeslam, then boots an incoming Wyatt. Rowan manages to elbow Show away, then takes him off his feet with a clothesline. Harper tags in and drops some elbows onto Show’s midsection. He nails several kicks to the face for 2, then applies a front chancery, turning it into the Gator Roll, and turning that into a side headlock. Show gets to his feet, fights out, but runs into a jumping heel kick. Wyatt tags in and hits a snap DDT for 2. Rowan in, and he hits a jumping splash for 2. Rowan drops a knee, then applies a neck vice. Rowan backs Show into the corner and knocks him down with a series of rights. Show gets whipped across the ring, but blocks the charge with a big boot. Rowan shakes it off and takes show down with a big back elbow. Harper in, and he grinds his forearm into Show’s face as Wyatt gets in Show’s face on the outside. Harper applies a rear chinlock, but Show is back up on his feet, with Harper on his back. He breaks free by simply falling backwards. Wyatt tags in, stomps Show down and hits a headbutt. He knocks Show into the corner with a right, then follows up with a corner clothesline. Show explodes out of the corner with a clothesline of his own and then tags in Reigns as Harper tags in for his team. Reigns cleans house, sends Harper to the outside and back suplexes him onto the apron. Back in, Reigns explodes with a clothesline off the ropes, then nails an uppercut in the corner. He heads outside, fights off Wyatt and hits the apron kick on Harper. Back in again, he loads up the Superman Punch as Wyatt tries to distract him. Reigns knocks him off the apron and hits the Superman Punch on Harper for 2 as Rowan breaks it up. Show takes Rowan out with a chokeslam, but then turns around into a flying back elbow from Wyatt. Henry comes in and takes Wyatt out with a World’s Strongest Slam. Harper drops him with a big boot, and he nails Reigns with a superkick for 2. Harper sends him into the ropes for the discus clothesline, but Reigns nails a spear mid-spin for the 3.

WINNERS: ROMAN REIGNS AND THE WORLD’S STRONGEST TAG TEAM.

End of show.

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Hulk Hogan Talks WWE RAW Birthday Bash, Vince McMahon, and Roman Reigns

August 30, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Hulk Hogan continues making the rounds to promote the WWE Network and WWE 2K15. A recent interview heard the Hulkster talk about his RAW birthday bash, Vince McMahon, and the next Hulk Hogan or John Cena.

Hogan, along with John Cena recently spoke to Scott Fishman of the Miami Herald. I wanted to focus more on Hogan’s comments as Cena didn’t really say anything ground breaking other than naming Sting, Hogan, and Steve Austin as dream opponents. Hogan on the other hand opened up a little bit more.

One of the most memorable RAW moments of the year just took place a couple of weeks ago. The Hulk Hogan Birthday Bash saw Hogan reunite with friends and enemies from different eras of his career. Roddy Piper, Paul Orndorff, the n.W.o., and others paid respect to the Hulkster. According to Hogan, things did not go as planned.

I got rattled when they played the package because I didn’t know what they were going to do,” Hogan said. “Vince [McMahon] likes to do the sneaky stuff without telling me. I was rattled when I saw the package and really fell apart reflecting on that time. Everybody from Flair to Piper to Orndorff was supposed to come out and say stuff. Nobody got to say anything. When Hall and Nash got to the ring WWE was saying no promos. No promos?

“I thought you had to have Hall’s ‘Hey Yo.’ Then there had to be the transition to sing the birthday song to lead to [Brock] Lesnar coming out. The whole thing wasn’t going down the way we thought it was, but we had some old pros in there to pull it off. It was very emotional.”

That’s interesting although I am not sure I believe it. According to Hulk, he and the boys called the spot with Hall’s survey and the transition into Brock’s appearance. Not sure I believe that one, although with old school guys it certainly is possible. Nonetheless, it all worked and it turned out to be one of the most memorable segments in ages.

What some fans don’t know is that after RAW went off of the air, Vince McMahon came to the ring to personally wish Hulk a happy birthday. Hulk and Vince’s turbulent relationship has been well documented over the years and according to Hulk, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

I didn’t expect that,” Hogan said. “Nobody told me that was going to happen. I thought Vince was for sure going to throw the cake at me, and I was going to dive into the cake, but he was cool. He gave me a big hug. It was just a great night. It really was.

That would have been something. Vince throwing a cake in Hogan’s face. Vince has been known to be quite a ribber so Hulk may have been right to have his guard up. I am sure after 30 years of doing business together, there is some genuine affection shared between the two.

Hogan also talked about the next big star. Many critics of WWE booking will cite an “unbreakable glass ceiling” and criticize the company for holding guys back. While there may be something to it, Hulk believes it is up to someone in the crew to step up and he thinks that the WWE may have found that guy.

I’m just praying for someone to reach out and grab that brass ring,” Hogan said. “That’s what Vince McMahon and Triple H are looking for. They want someone to step up. I would love to see the larger-than-life characters develop again like the old days. I don’t get to talk much to the guys. Cena is my man, but this Roman Reigns kid has really stepped up. There is potential in him. He has what it takes.

I don’t know if Hogan really believes that or he is trying to help out the company, either way it is quite an endorsement. It’s funny because a lot of the legends will criticize the talent for not stepping up, yet the flip side of that is that this is a different business today and it isn’t as easy as they think to step up. Steve Austin says this regularly on his podcast.

Check out the entire interview at http://www.miamiherald.com/.

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Hulk Hogan Talks NWO, Heel Turn, and Old Matches

August 29, 2014 By: Category: Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

Hulk Hogan was right in the middle of the Monday Night Wars sixteen years ago. The legend of those wars have resurfaced due to a new WWE Network series and Hogan offered a fascinating retrospective in a recent interview.

Hogan gave a recent interview to USA Today focusing on those infamous Monday Night Wars. Hogan arguably offered more introspective on the period in this interview than he has on the recent Monday Night War episodes, although to be fair he has been very good. Here are just some of the highlights..

Hogan was asked how he enjoyed his heel turn with the n.W.o. compared to being the top hero in the business at its peak in the 1980s.

I was kind of at the crossroads. Vince [McMahon] and I had parted ways a couple of years before, he had an opinion about Hulk Hogan and his longevity and I had a totally different opinion. I left to go to a TV show called Thunder in Paradise for a year or so, a year and a half. Then when Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair approached me about coming back to wrestling, I was ready. After the 14, 15, 16-hour days on the set of this action show I was producing with the Baywatch guys, I’d had enough. When I went back to work, everything clicked. It just worked. I started out with the red and yellow, beat Flair for the belt, and then we get to a point where things flattened off after a couple months. The decision to turn heel was, we were either going to crash and burn or this is totally going to reignite the wrestling business, and it did.

He seems very confident that his turn was going to have a major impact on the industry. Honestly, I never would have expected his turn to have that kind of impact when it happened. Hogan was somewhat of a fading character and I thought people were tired of him good or bad. I was wrong. He really did reignite the business. Although to be fair it wasn’t just him. He was the icing on the cake.

One very cool question I thought was raised when USA Today asked Hogan if he ever goes back on the WWE Network to watch his old matches. I have heard some of the most famous wrestlers in the world say they rarely watch their matches. Not Hogan.

“Oh my gosh, my wife Jennifer, she goes ‘you’re living in the past! you’re living in the past!’ I say ‘no I’m not, I’m just getting good ideas!’ Some of that stuff we did back in the day was brilliant, some of the storylines and the delivery and the cadence of the storylines, how they were built…. They’d create drama and excitement. I just learned so much from that old stuff we did. I kinda like to watch the Network and go back to my roots just to keep in check with myself.

I know he is going to get some criticism for that answer from the Hogan haters but I like it. There are fans that live and die with this stuff, Hogan’s especially, and it is nice to see that the wrestler him or herself cherish those memories just as much as their fans.

Hogan was asked whether he expected the legendary reaction he received when he turned at Bash at the Beach?

Yes, I knew it was going to be intense. When you tell people for 20 years that you love them, tell them to ‘train, say your prayers and eat your vitamins,’ believe in yourself and then all of a sudden you stab everybody in the back. I knew there was going to be a huge reaction.

Say what you want about Hogan but that reaction was one of the best you’ll ever see. It was completely organic and to see an entire arena so upset that they all started throwing garbage at Hogan and crew was quite a sight, For Hogan, Nash, and Hall it had to be a great feeling.

Finally Hogan was asked about the idea that the War would have put Vince McMahon and the WWE out of business.

I was praying to God that wouldn’t happen. I prayed to God that we would become the No. 1 wrestling show, and that WWE would thrive and stay the monster that they were. WCW might become a little bit [of a] bigger monster. I never wanted anybody to go away. I wanted two different companies so talent could have a choice where they could work and make big, big money.

Another interesting answer from the Hulkster. He is exactly right. The business is in a dangerous spot today without competition and you can see it every Monday night. Hogan made big money jumping from one to the other. It would have only benefitted him and everyone else if the business remained that way.

All in all it is a pretty interesting read. I’d recommend checking out the entire interview.

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