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should WWE Champion CM Punk choose to face at Hell in a Cell: John Cena or Ryback?
- 9th October 2012 (Credit: WWE)
one cage door is John Cena a 10-time WWE Champion, a veteran of this unforgiving
match who will do whatever it takes to reclaim the coveted title he hasnt
held in more than a year.
the other cage door is Ryback a snarling, ferocious beast who has devoured
every Superstar in his path and just keeps demanding to be fed more and more.
Hell in a Cell would you choose to step inside?
is the unenviable decision that CM Punk now faces after Mr. McMahon issued an
ultimatum to the WWE Champion at the close of Monday night's Raw. For Punk, it
comes down to picking between the devil he knows or the devil he doesn't have
the slightest clue about. On the surface alone, it seems like the choice should
be Cena, especially considering his recovery from elbow surgery. But if you look
closer, you'll realize that it's not all that simple for The Straight Edge Superstar.
is here to examine the pros and cons of both options Punk has to choose from as
Hell in a Cell looms just weeks away. Which opponent he selects might make all
the difference between extending his impressive WWE Title reign and losing the
grip on his championship gold completely ...
if you believe that Cena will be fully recovered from elbow surgery in time for
Hell in a Cell and there's a good chance he won't be history indicates
that this match could work in the WWE Champion's favor. Punk and Cena have gone
head-to-head more than 10 times dating back to 2009, but it's Punk who has come
out on the winning end of two of their most important clashes for the WWE Title.
2011, The Straight Edge Superstar defeated Cena at Money in the Bank and took
him down again one month later at SummerSlam. Punk even knows how Cena typically
operates inside the confines of Hell in a Cell, having battled him and Alberto
Del Rio in a Triple Threat Match at Hell in a Cell 2011. With a devious mastermind
like Paul Heyman giving Punk advice from outside the Cell, conquering Cena might
even be easier than those past showdowns.
also apparent what Cena wants: the WWE Championship. Ryback, on the other hand,
might not care about the title more than he cares about the destruction of his
opponents. Is Punk ready to be trapped inside a steel structure with an unpredictable
wrecking machine? Yeah, facing Cena definitely feels like the much safer alternative.
several weeks, Punk has been clamoring for respect ad nauseam. He's tried to demand
it with his words and even beat it out of WWE Legends like Bret "Hit Man"
Hart and Mick Foley. But if Punk really wants to prove himself worthy of everyone's
respect, how about accomplishing something no other Superstar has been remotely
able to do? Yes, we're talking about being the first to defeat Ryback.
inside Hell in a Cell with the 6-foot-3, nearly 300-pound juggernaut is a ridiculously
scary proposition, but if Punk could break Ryback's food chain, he'd have a victory
that would silence the doubters and possibly make his WWE Championship reign be
viewed as one of the very best of all time. There may not ever be a greater proving
ground match for The Straight Edge Superstar than the one that stands in front
of him right now.
put, Ryback could be the Andre the Giant to Punk's Hulk Hogan. (Credit: WWE)
Enterprises Limited Dainty
rolls with Stones' 'Shot' show - 15th October 2012
to produce, distribute the pay-per-view concert
is going on tour with the Rolling Stones.
part of the band's 50th anniversary, WWE will produce and distribute the live
pay-per-view show "One More Shot" for the Stones' final show, performed
at the Prudential Center, in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 15.
is ecstatic to bring the Rolling Stones into your living room," said WWE
chairman-CEO Vince McMahon.
tour, to take place at four arena shows in London and New York, is a partnership
between Endemol, which co-manages the international digital rights to the Rolling
Stones "50 and Counting" shows, and Dainty Group. The performances will
see the band working once again with two longtime collaborators, set designer
Mark Fisher and lighting director Patrick Woodroffe, who are designing an all-new,
custom-built set, with a stage based on the band's ubiquitous and celebrated tongue
and lips logo that reaches out into the crowd.
was asked to participate after proving it can turn live events throughout the
year, including its biggest show, "WrestleMania," into major moneymakers
through PPV. "WrestleMania 28," held April 1 at Miami's Sun Life Stadium,
generated a record 1.3 million buys, earning $67 million.
WWE also has been looking to monetize its production biz further through concerts
and other deals, with the Rolling Stones show one of the first high-profile pacts
it's announced so far.
Rolling Stones live shows will also mark the launch of new touring venture Virgin
Live from the Dainty Group and Richard Branson's Virgin.
the future Virgin Live plans to make a real difference to how fans experience,
interact and enjoy live events," Branson said.
also will be feted with the release of the Rolling Stones' "GRRR!" album
on Nov. 13, a greatest hits collection that includes new songs "Doom and
Gloom" and "One More Shot," recorded recently in Paris, marking
the first new recordings from the band since their 2005 album "A Bigger Bang."
new film, "Crossfire Hurricane," directed by Brett Morgen and chronicling
the Stones' career, will receive its worldwide premiere Oct. 18 at the London
Film Festival and bow on HBO on Nov. 15. It will air on BBC Two in the U.K. the
addition, from Nov. 15-Dec. 2, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City will
host "The Rolling Stones: 50 Years on Film," a comprehensive film retrospective
that chronicles the band from the mid-1960s until today.
Man does not represent The Rolling Stones
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John Cena and Shawn
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ONeal Close to WWE WrestleMania Deal?; Latest on Brock Lesnars Return...
to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Shaquille "Shaq" ONeal has
reportedly been closing in on his WWE WrestleMania deal, and he may have already
agreed to business terms.
creative has been told to start thinking about weaving ONeal into storylines
- likely for a match with The Big Show (Paul Wight).
to its John Cena vs. The Rock main-event, WrestleMania 28 is a strong contender
to set the all-time buyrate record, and WWE is striving to do everything it can
to push the interest and buy rates to the moon. Adding Shaquille ONeal into
the equation, especially with Shaq should help further the events must see
statue as WWEs biggest WrestleMania of all-time.
a Brock Lesnar return, no one has been provided any reason to expect it will happen
at this years WrestleMania, but it might just happen. WWE top brass Vince
McMahon reportedly told at least one creative staff member that it is not a foregone
conclusion a Lesnar return would include the return of Paul Heyman as his manager.
returned WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho, for what its worth, has been having little
verbal jabs at Lesnar, so we will have to see if that develops into something
In any event,
this years WrestleMania should be awesome.
recent updates on pro wrestling keep checking the Wrestling News Media www.wrestlingnewsmedia.com
web blog along with the website of our friends over at Wrestling.net.au
104: Machida vs. Rua Card Finalized
UFC’s return to Southern California is complete as the UFC has officially
confirmed the 9 remaining bouts on the card.
104 will feature a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto
Machida and former Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun”
Cain Valasquez will also be taking on former IFL standout Ben Rothwell in the
remaining bouts that have been made official by the UFC are:
Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Berry
Yushin Okami vs. Chael
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Ryan Bader vs. Eric “Red”
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley
104 will take place in the home of the 2008-2009 world champion Los Angeles Lakers,
STAPLES Center, on October 24th.
is the system in which television viewers can purchase events to be seen on TV
and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. The event
is shown at the same time to everyone ordering it, as opposed to video on demand
systems, which allow viewers to see the event at any time. Events can be purchased
using an on-screen guide, an automated telephone system, or through a live customer
service representative. Events include feature films, sporting events, and adult
has been around since the 1970s, when the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers began using
the system after winning the championship in the 1977 season. During that time,
it was operated on a few pay-TV services such as Z Channel, SelecTV, and ON TV
in select markets throughout the 1980s.
1985, the first U.S. cable channels devoted to Pay-Per-View Viewer's Choice Canada,
Cable Video Store, and Request TV began operation within days of each other. Viewers
Choice was available to both home satellite dish and cable customers, while Request
was available to cable viewers but would not be available to dish owners until
the term "pay-per-view" wasn't widely used until the 1990s, when companies
like iN DEMAND, HBO, and Showtime started using the system to show movies and
some of their productions. In Demand would show movies, concerts, and other events,
with prices ranging from $3.99 to $49.99, while HBO and Showtime, with their legs
TVKO and SET Pay Per View, would offer championship boxing, with prices ranging
from $14.99 to $54.99.
has shown college football and basketball games on pay-per-view. The boxing undercard
Latin Fury, shown on June 28 of 2003, became ESPN's first boxing pay-per-view
card and also the first pay-per-view boxing card held in Puerto Rico. Pay-per-view
is also a very important revenue stream for professional wrestling companies like
WWE, which shows fifteen pay-per-view events a year, and TNA, which initially
offered weekly pay-per-view in lieu of a national cable television show but now
offers monthly pay-per-views like WWE.
Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) currently holds the rank for most PPV's sold per
the U.S., two direct-to-home (DTH) digital broadcast satellite (DBS) providers
DirecTV and Dish Network allow customers to order with the remote control. The
unit later calls out using an 800 number and connects via modem, adding the cost
of the movie to the account. Digital cable subscribers also have this capability,
using the bidirectional capabilities of digital cable technology instead of a
telephone line. Similar systems are in use by Sky Digital in the United Kingdom
and Foxtel and Optus in Australia.
Canada, Viewer's Choice offers pay-per-view services through various Canadian
satellite TV and digital cable television providers, including Rogers Digital
Cable and StarChoice. Prices range from $4.99 CAD for movies, up to $20 CAD or
more for special events. Bell ExpressVu delivers its own pay-per-view service,
Vu!, to its satellite subscribers. Prices range from $4.99 CAD up to $20 or more
for special events. It also runs Venus, an adult pay-per-view service, to its
satellite subscribers for $9.99 per movie.
has also been introduced in Europe and many other areas of the world. In the UK,
Sky's PremPlus and Sky Box Office services have proved popular with viewers. (Credit: