bad is gold: How cruelty became a recipe for championship
success - 9th September 2013 (WWE.com)
Rollins tweets about WWE WrestleMania - 17th March
Rollins tweeted the following about The Shield making
their WrestleMania debut this year:
hounds of justice are #Wrestlemania bound. There's
not a day gone by in the last 10 years I haven't dreamt
of this. #BelieveInTheShield"
Good (born December 7, 1985) is an American professional
wrestler known by his former ring name Jon Moxley.
He is signed to WWE, where he is working in their
developmental territory NXT Wrestling under the name
Dean Ambrose. Moxley is best known for his work in
Heartland Wrestling Association, CHIKARA, International
Wrestling Association, Combat Zone Wrestling, EVOLVE,
Dragon Gate USA, and Insanity Pro Wrestling. Moxley
is also a five time World Champion as he has held
the CZW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the
IPW World Heavyweight Championship twice, and has
held the FIP World Heavyweight Championship once.
EXCLUSIVE! Sapolsky on Ambrose - 23rd November 2012
was it like to work with Dean Ambrose before he exploded
on the WWE at Survivor Series? The man who gave Ambrose
his very first big break discusses the early years
of WWE's newest superstar!
never forget the very first moment I worked with the
man now known as Dean Ambrose. There was only one
other time I experienced anything like it in my 10
year booking career and that was with Paul Heyman's
current top hustler, CM Punk.
were fortunate to have Ambrose, then known as Jon
Moxley, as a building block of my Dragon Gate USA
and EVOLVE promotions for almost two years. I have
to admit, I was in love with him as a talent and fascinated
by him as a person. We had an instant creative chemistry.
It paid off with Ambrose leading Kamikaze USA of Dragon
Gate standouts YAMATO, Akira Tozawa and Shingo as
well as being in a violent feud against Jimmy Jacobs.
The bloodbath I Quit Match against Jacobs at DGUSA
Bushido: Code Of The Warrior 2010 is an ageless classic.
all began in a back room of a small building in the
out-of-the-way town of Brooksville, Florida.
business partner Sal Hamaoui and I were set to launch
EVOLVE wrestling in January of 2010. Hamaoui runs
the Jeff Peterson Memorial Cup Tournament every year
in Florida. We decided to use the 2008 edition as
an unofficial "tryout" for EVOLVE. I watch
a lot of footage, but I truly believe you can't get
to know a talent until you work with them, see what
drives them and are able to figure out what type of
person they are. The Peterson Cup gave us the forum
to get to know the new talents we were moving forward
with in EVOLVE and DGUSA. We had high hopes for Ambrose,
but I had yet to even have a real conversation with
eagerly awaited for Ambrose to arrive at the armory
for the Peterson Cup. I wanted to see what he was
all about face-to-face. Shortly after he arrived,
I immediately seized the opportunity to work with
him for the first time. I wasn't sure what we had
on our hands, but I was about to find out.
on," I said to Ambrose before he had time to
prepare for anything, "time to cut a promo."
scurried into a back room, I think a janitor's closet
actually. He asked if there were any bullet points.
I purposely told him to just run with whatever he
thought the people should know about him. He then
cut an amazing, unique and distinctive promo that
he was done my gut instincts were screaming, "PUT
THIS GUY IN SOMETHING NOW!"
didn't even care if he could wrestle. His charisma,
poise and presence was one-in-a-million. The only
other time I was sold on a talent before seeing how
well he could wrestle was CM Punk, who dazzled me
by showing a command of the audience during a simple
ring entrance. Fortunately, both Punk and Ambrose
are equally great talents in the ring.
soon as the camera stopped rolling, I eagerly asked
Ambrose if he could be in Philadelphia the next week
for the Dragon Gate USA. Keep in mind we had the card
completely booked up, all the storylines were written
and we had exhausted out budget. However, Ambrose
was special and we had to start him as soon as possible.
jumped at the opportunity and said "yes,"
even though it was just seven days notice. He said
he'd make the 12 hour drive by himself and be there
for whatever we had planned. No hassles, no drama.
He was going to be there. He had the self-confidence
to know he just had to be given the smallest opportunity
and he would "grab it by the balls" and
make it work. He wasn't going to let a long car ride
or low pay stop him. He was going to make his future.
ended up having a tremendous run with Ambrose in both
DGUSA and EVOLVE. He created some special promos and
moments. I am very fortunate to have seen him put
on several tremendous matches. I'll never forget the
night he and Daniel Bryan (then known as Bryan Danielson)
put on a vicious fight in an intimate theater in Milwaukee
at DGUSA Way Of The Ronin 2010 or his farewell independent
wrestling match at EVOLVE 7 against Austin Aries in
New York City.
WWE is giving him a big opportunity. He started by
attacking WWE's hottest new babyface, Ryback, in the
main event of the Survivor Series pay per view. I'm
sure he's about to take the whole WWE universe and
"grab it by the balls."
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Rollins and Reigns strike at Grand Rapids TV Taping
- 20th November 2012
has obtained exclusive footage showing another attack
perpetrated by NXT upstarts Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins
and Roman Reigns, this time at a Grand Rapids TV taping
match pitting Santino Marella against Tyson Kidd was
suddenly interrupted by the mysterious trio, marking
the third consecutive night Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns
wreaked havoc on unsuspecting WWE Superstars following
back-to-back assaults on Ryback.
into the ring donning their now-familiar black garb,
the three-man crew attacked Marella and Kidd from
behind, tossed Santino out of the ring and executed
a vicious three-man powerbomb on Kidd. Making their
exit, the NXT competitors added final insult to the
fallen Marella, literally kicking The Milan Miracle
when he was down.
shocking assault comes in the wake of previous attacks
on Ryback Sunday night at Survivor Series and again
last night on Raw. Motives remain unknown, and speculation
is running rampant throughout the WWE Universe and
the locker room as to what these attacks might mean,
and to what extent the trio may go next time.
now, though, Superstars will just have to wonder when
they may strike again. (WWE)
SERIES NEWS: NXT stars debut in PPV main event angle,
plus other news from annual PPV - 18th November 2012
NXT champion Seth Rollins (formerly Tyler Black),
Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns debuted on WWE TV by
attacking Ryback and preventing him from capturing
the WWE Title in the Survivor Series PPV main event.
Ambrose, and Reigns were identified by announcer Michael
Cole as being from the NXT Developmental system. After
they took out Ryback via powerbomb through the Spanish
announce table, Punk pinned John Cena, who had received
Shell Shock from Ryback before Ryback was taken out
by the NXT trio.
No titles changed hands during the PPV. In the other
top title match, Sheamus beat Big Show via DQ after
Show pulled referee Scott Armstrong in the way of
a Brogue Kick. Sheamus then delivered a massive beat
down to Show using a chair, which likely sets up a
World Title re-match at the TLC PPV next month.
In the other title matches, Antonio Cesaro retained
the U.S. Title over Kofi Kingston and Eve retained
the Divas Title over Kaitlyn.
In the top Survivor Series elimination match, Dolph
Ziggler pinned Randy Orton to be the sole survivor
for Team Ziggler over Team Foley. Earlier in the show,
WWE teased tension between Orton and Mick Foley, playing
up their historical feud from Orton's early days.
Also earlier in the show, David Otunga was named as
Cody Rhodes's replacement on Team Ziggler following
Rhodes's injury at last week's Smackdown TV taping.
Tamina, who recently trained with The Rock, returned
to WWE TV as Vickie Guerrero's hired bodyguard. The
set-up was that A.J. Lee noted that if Vickie places
her hands on her, then Vickie will be removed as interim
Raw authority figure. Tamina then blindsided A.J.
and Superfly Splashed her to establish her new role
as Vickie's enforcer (Pro
Rhodes and Damien Sandow (Rhodes Scholars), Kane and
Daniel Bryan (Team Hell No) and Rey Mysterio and Sin
Cara (Credit: WWE)
wrestler Ryback cut down Bill Goldberg personally
and professionally in the newest edition of WWE Magazine
cover-dated November 2012
just think people are misinformed," said Ryback
in an interview addressing comparisons between their
wrestling personas. "People see a big guy with
a shaved head who's intense, and they draw those comparisons.
I will say this: Goldberg did this for the money.
He was never a fan of wrestling. I do this because
I have a passion for it, and that's the biggest difference
between Goldberg and me. I'm not here to make five
million dollars and then walk away. I'm here for life.
And, I firmly believe that I'm much better than he
was in the ring. He was great, and I was a fan of
his when I was younger. But, I feel I'm a better athlete
and wrestler than Goldberg ever was, and people are
going to see that over time."
Raw GM A.J. Lee says she misses wrestling on a regular
basis, but she anticipates eventually returning to
in-ring action over the course of what she hopes will
be a long career.
actually do miss the ring," A.J. said in the
newest edition of WWE Magazine. "I think the
funny part is that I've always thought I would be
wrestling the ring and didn't believe I'd be useful
in any other capacity. I just never saw myself in
any different way. It's hilarious to me what I'm most
known for these days! There are so many layers to
this business than just getting in the ring. I spent
a year performing at live events, but I didn't get
much time on television. I think I'll use it to my
advantage. Hopefully, I'll have a very long career,
and time for that - and I'll be able to surprise people."
should WWE Champion CM Punk choose to face at Hell
in a Cell: John Cena or Ryback? - 9th October 2012
Punk and Ryback
Behind 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
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
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
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
put, Ryback could be the Andre the Giant to Punk's
Hulk Hogan. (Credit: WWE)
Live RAW Tour: Event Results From Sydney, Australia
- 31st August 2012, by Greg Tingle
Punk VS Daniel
Bryan - Allphones Arena, Sydney, Australia
wrestling WWE style - Sports Entertainment returns
to Sydney, Australia...
WrestleMania (Australian style) returned to Sydney
on Friday night and the show did not disappoint.
wrestling fans young and old got their fix of WWE
WWE marketing and media machine can be attributed
to what looked to be a 90 percent full Allphones Arena
- making it a crowd of approximately 15,000. It's
unclear how much of the crowd was papered (unpaid),
but the smart money says it was fans who parted with
their hard earned money.
mixed crowd of both hardcore fans, casual fans and
families, who were pretty vocal and hyped up for the
show commenced with Brodus Clay VS Jack Swagger. Naomi
was with Brodus, no Cameron. Swagger got some good
heat, but Brodus got his hand raised quick. Entertaining
and fun, but not a classic wrestling match - nor was
it supposed to be. Kids just love Clay.
was the divas (ladies) match. WWE Divas Champion Layla
defeated Rosa Mendes. We appreciated the effort of
the ladies but its safe to say the WWE should raise
the bar in the Diva's division. Maybe bring in a few
Japanese lady pro wrestlers as well as snatch some
of TNA Wrestling's best also. WWE have so much TV
time to fill up, so ramp up the Diva's for the female
and male fans in the WWE Universe.
Tag Team Champions R-Truth and Kingston beat Primo
and Epico in a solid match. R-Truth was on fire, both
with in-ring skills and the mic, and 'Little Jimmy'
was over big time with young and old.
Miz defeated Alex Riley to retain the Intercontinental
Championship. The Miz got strong heat. Nice mic work
telling everyone he wasn't "awful", but
"awesome". AR was surprisingly over. Maybe
because he's a pretty strong worker and Australian
fans are not overexposed to the WWE product (with
live shows), like rather spoilt American fans. Lot's
of Wooooo's! (for the chops), respecting Ric Flair,
who most fans want to see return to his rightful home
Ryder defeated Tensai. Zack Ryder got a huge pop and
Tensai got pretty decent heat and reactions. At least
Tensai looks like a pro wrestling "monster"
- he has the look and size, and moves well for a big
man. Younger fans seem to be scared of Tensai and
went nuts when Ryder got the win.
defeated David Otunga. Decent heat for Otunga. Santino
is over in Australia, but not as much as he is in
the U.S. Keep WWE belts off both these guys... they
don't need them. They worked the crowd fairly well
and Santino is funny, but this was not a classic wrestling
match - and it was never expected to be. Passable
Punk defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship
in an awesome match which went for almost 30 minutes.
Stalling by both at first, but the crowd was pretty
into it. Established characters can stall for ages
with little fan backlash - the way the late Randy
"Macho Man" Randy Savage and living legends
Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair used to do. CM Punk worked
as a face and was over big time. "Yes" chant
all throughout the match as well. Tons of fan signs
for both and lots of fans bought their t-shirts.
Cena defeated The Big Show and John Laurinaitis in
the main event. Decent match for these guys. After
the match Laurinaitis attacked Cena with a chair,
but Cena turned around and hit him with an attitude
adjustment to finish the show.
strong show - especially for an Australian WWE show,
which were mixed in the past. We're giving it 8 out
of 10 and it was value for money.
The Big Show
Of The Show:
Punk VS Daniel Brian
for improvement: More strong WWE Divas, bring back
Ric Flair urgently (1000s of fans did the Woooooo!),
bring Ziggler and Randy Orton to the next Australian
show, have 2 top line NXT talents on the next down
under show. It would be nice to see Ric Flair and
Hulk Hogan back with the WWE. Strong rumours Flair
will be back within a month or two, so hopefully he
makes the next Australian tour. Wooooo!
news, WWE current and future legends, NWO, Hollywood,
Australia, Sin City, Las Vegas, Olympics, gaming and
more... - 30th July 2012
Nash teases NWO - New World Order return...
Nash, who was likely joking, teased an nWo reunion
on his Twitter account recently, writing, "A
lot of you wanted an NWO reunion,there will be one.As
you know we only come in take over mode.Stay tuned!!!"
The message was then re-tweeted by TNA Executive Eric
Nash later wrote, "Rock will never walk out of
the Rumble with the belt we got Phils back... Sorry
@CMPunk we got your back!!!!"
also stated that Punk would be the leader and that
the nWo army would be there "to protect the gold."
Wrestling legend Rey wants Pacquiao-Floyd in WWE ring...
Rey Mysterio's tour stop in Manila, Philippines, Mysterio
teased a mixed tag match with top boxing stars Manny
Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who "competed"
at WrestleMania 24 four years ago. I love Manny.
In fact, Manny, if youre watching right now,
Im inviting you to join forces with Rey Mysterio
in the WWE to take on Money (Floyd) Mayweather,"
Rey said on Manila TV, playing off Mayweather and
Pacquiao unable to come together on a dream boxing
fight. "I know you dont need me to take
him on but this is just a teaser: me and you versus
him and Alberto Del Rio."
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin and 'Iron' Mike Tyson at
WWE Summerslam weekend function...
Hall of Famers "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
and Mike Tyson are scheduled to attend a Summerslam
Weekend function in Los Angeles, according to WWE
announcer Jim Ross. Ross wrote in his latest blog
on jrsbarbq.com: "If you see me wandering around
L.A. Summerslam weekend, I'm there for a major, THQ
function at the Grammy Museum the night before the
PPV. Among those scheduled to attend the private affair
are @steveaustinBSR and @miketyson, among many others."
WWE Announcer Legend Jim Ross Blog Update...
Hall of Famer Jim Ross is back with his latest blog
about Monday's 1,000th episode of RAW, here are just
a few highlights:
1000: "Memorable week especially kicking it off
with RAW1000 in St Louis. No guarantees that any of
us will be around for RAW2000 so I particularly enjoyed
my experiences Monday night.
reality of the matter is this...it is highly unlikely,
thanks Gorilla, that exact collection of performers
will EVER be under the same roof again. I look back
upon my attendance at RAW1000 as a privilege and am
grateful to have had the opportunity to see so many
old friends that have meant a great deal to me over
my long career."
Mick Foley in the WWE Hall of Fame: "@RealMickFoley
when asked who would induct him if/when Mick goes
into the WWE HOF mentioned Terry Funk and yours truly.
While I would love to honor Mick on that special occasion,
there is no way that I would ever put myself in the
same category with Terry Funk. Terry mentored Mick
and treated Mick like a son. While I'd love to induct
Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy into the WWE HOF, I think that
Terry Funk is the best choice. However, I stand ready
if called upon."
CM Punk would reform the nWo: "A follower on
@JRsBBQ on Twitter asked if I thought @CMPunk would
reform the nWo. I have no idea if this topic is any
thing more than speculation based on my friend Kevin
Nash having some fun with the subject on Twitter.
Bottom line is that I don't know but I would be surprised
if Punk headed up a faction at this time because he
seems to be such a solitary man. The only way that
I see that ever happening at this stage of Punk's
career is if he had complete control on who comprised
Pro Wrestling giant Great Khali has tumor removed...
wrestler Great Khali (Dalip Singh) had a tumor removed
on Wednesday, which will put him out of action for
2-3 months. The tumor was on Khali's pituitary gland,
which caused him to increase in height to over seven-feet-tall.
However, if left untreated, the tumor could have been
fatal, according to WWE's chief medical director,
Dr. Joseph Maroon. It's the same issue that affected
Andre the Giant. Surgery was performed at UPMC Presbyterian
in Pittsburgh, Pa.
TNA Video: Funny or Die Olympic training featuring
Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam...
stars Kurt Angle and Rob Van Dam are featured in Funny
or Die video. The theme is Angle returning to the
Olympics with RVD as his trainer. You can check out
the video at Funnyordie.com/videos/636c3d08e1/olympic-trials-with-kurt-angle?playlist=featured_videos
Second unveils André the Giant comic...
Second has confirmed its André the Giant biography.
Box Brown is working on the book charting the life
of the professional wrestler and actor, reports ICv2.
Roussimoff was a star and one-time champion of the
World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).
is also known for his role in cult classic movie The
has the condition acromegaly, which saw him grow to
7'4" in height. He died of heart failure in 1993
at the age of 46.
is the author of Xeric grant-funded graphic novel
Love Is a Peculiar Type of Thing.
untitled André the Giant biography is scheduled
for release in 2014. (Digital Spy)
Raw Supershow Results
July 23, 2012 - Episode #999
Live in St. Louis, Mo.
Aired on USA Network
Report by James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
Pro Wrestling Torch)
three-hour WWE Raw era started with a new signature
WWE open capturing WWE through the years. "Then.
Now. Forever." is the tagline. WWE then aired
a video on the origins of Raw in January 1993 followed
by rapid-fire clips of memorable moments throughout
Raw's history. The video slowed down for Vince's "Bret
screwed Bret" speech, Shawn Michaels losing his
smile, Edge retiring, Ric Flair retiring, and Triple
H tributing Eddie Guerrero. The video picked up again
to focus on Stone Cold, the Boom Drop in the Garden,
Shawn and Bret burying the hatchet, Batista quitting,
and more historical Raw clips.
in the arena, Michael Cole introduced the show as
WWE went with a slow overhead camera shot to capture
the entire arena make this feel like a WrestleMania-like
event. The cameras also focused on the new Raw set,
which has the same entrance area, but a wider set
to the left and right to look larger than the past
set. In the ring, Justin Roberts introduced Vince
McMahon to star the show. Cue up Cole and Jerry Lawler
hyping McMahon. WWE cut to a shot of both men ringside
dressed in their WrestleMania suits to sell the importance
of the event.
the ring, McMahon flashed a big smile before announcing
1,000 episodes. McMahon said he would like to thank
the audience. McMahon offered his classic "Welcome
to Monday Night Raw!" line before introducing
DX. After the DX theme song played, Shawn Michaels
and Triple H bounced out on-stage sporting their DX
camo gear. Cole offered about 15 adjectives to describe
DX through WWE history as HBK and Hunter entered the
ring throwing green glowsticks into the crowd. Cole
and Lawler shared memorable DX moments, with Lawler
settling on DX invading WCW during the Monday Night
the ring, Michaels asked for the music to stop and
sold that he was blown up from the ring intro. He
told Hunter he needs to catch his breath. Michaels
paced around the ring and said he's feeling this,
but he's missing something. He knows he's wearing
pants and underwear, but he feels like something's
missing. Hunter nodded along. He said something's
missing. "What could it be?" he asked. Michaels
asked Hunter if he's sporting underwear, which Hunter
confirmed. Hunter then noted there used to be more
of them. Big reaction for a tease of more DX members
coming out. Hunter and Michaels paused, then asked
the crowd if there used to be more of them. They pointed
to the entrance ramp and the DX music played again.
on the DX Army tank came Sean Waltman, Road Dogg Jesse
James, and Billy Gunn. The trio fired up the crowd,
then hit the ring to hug it out with Hunter and Michaels.
Gunn couldn't wipe the smile off his face, then all
five did the DX crotch chop pose in the ring. Lawler
said they could start another Attitude Era tomorrow.
In the ring, Hunter and Gunn posed, which was a sight
to see. Dogg took the mic and said they're going on
a Missouri boat ride straight down memory lane. Dogg
did his standard ring intro for the Road Dogg Jesse
James, the Bad (beep) Billy Gunn - the New Age Outlaws.
took the mic next and reset things. He said he needs
to know one more thing. "Are you ready?"
he grumbled. Hunter made sure everyone was in their
proper place to do the standard Triple H DX intro,
then inserted a pause on being the only one left with
a full head of hair and this being Raw 1,000, then
let's get ready to suck it.
Michaels and Gunn then took mics and teased a dispute
over who should talk next since Hunter didn't give
them much to work with. Hunter calmed down Gunn and
told him that if Michaels doesn't get to talk now,
he might lose his smile...or pose for Playgirl. Michaels
said he was young and stupid...and needed the money.
Michaels and Gunn figured out a simultaneous routine,
but were suddenly interrupted by Damien Sandow.
emerged on-stage and ran down DX for their sophomoric
and disgusting behavior, which has plagued humanity
and brainwashed the masses into buying into this behavior.
Michaels said that's true about him, so he's going
straight home to church to ask for forgiveness. Sandow
ignored HBK and said he understands the five of them
could dispose of him like common trash, but if they
do so, he will only be a martyr - a martyr for anyone
who appreciates a sophisticated mind. Hunter told
Sandow they need time to huddle and discuss their
strategy. Sandow was shunned from the Planning Process,
which he said was very rude.
DX huddled up, Hunter re-addressed Sandow. Suddenly,
HBK popped Sandow with Sweet Chin Music into a Pedigree
from Hunter. Gunn, standing over Sandow, then stood
over Sandow and told the crowd if they're down with
DX, then they have two words for you. The crowd filled
in, "Suck it," as Cole called it vintage.
Cole welcomed back the NAO, X-Pac, Michaels, and Triple
H. DX wasn't done, though, as Hunter removed Sandow's
fancy jacket before tossing Sandow out of the ring
to the outside.
to come tonight: The Rock returns to Raw to address
the WWE Title. Plus, will Brock Lesnar accept Triple
H's Summerslam Challenge? And, Daniel Bryan and A.J.
get married. And, WWE champion C.M. Punk vs. John
Cena for the WWE Title tonight. Back live, DX posed
one more time on-stage and did their crotch chops
for the crowd. Cole said they continue with more after
Raw went to commercial after a 21-minute opening segment,
WWE aired the C.M. Punk-led trailer for "WWE
'13" due out this fall.
live, Jim Ross's music played to bring out Ross sporting
his goatee. Cole hyped Ross as a big contributor to
Raw and noted he will join them on commentary for
the following match.
out was Rey Mysterio making his Raw in-ring return.
Lilian Garcia announced this as a six-man tag match.
Sin Cara came out next to join Rey as Ross talked
about returning to WWE TV tonight. Cole noted Ross
and Lawler have been part of some of the greatest
moments in Raw history, then World Hvt. champion Sheamus
came out to join Rey and Cara. Ross said he thinks
Sheamus can be World champion for years to come.
the lights went out. Cue up Chris Jericho's theme
music to bring out Jericho as the first heel opponent.
Interesting considering he was in a more babyface
sympathetic role last week during a confrontation
with Dolph Ziggler. Cole fed to a recap of the Ziggler-Jericho
exchange, which ended with Ziggler taking a Codebreaker
from Jericho. Ziggler then came out as Jericho's tag
partner, which Lawler noted makes for strange bedfellows.
Alberto Del Rio came out third for the heels. Del
Rio mocked the babyfaces before entering the ring
as Raw went to commercial.
-- World Hvt. champion SHEAMUS & REY MYSTERIO
& SIN CARA vs. CHRIS JERICHO & DOLPH ZIGGLER
(w/Vickie Guerrero) & ALBERTO DEL RIO
match was in-progress back from break with the heels
dominating Sin Cara. Ziggler and Jericho traded tags
and frowns as Cole plugged Tout to begin the social
media hype. Cole inserted a stat that Jericho has
wrestled the second-most matches in Raw history, second
to Triple H, which Arda Ocal of TheScore.com recently
documented. Sin Cara eventually made a comeback with
a swinging DDT out of the corner. He finally reached
his corner and tagged in Sheamus, who teed off on
landed the Irish Curse once awkwardly, then twice
for emphasis. The action broke down with men flying
everywhere before it came down to Jericho and Sheamus
again. They teased finishers before Sheamus missed
with the Brogue Kick. Jericho then tried to follow
up as Sheamus was hung up on the top rope, but Ziggler
smashed his own partner with an enziguiri kick. Sheamus
cleared Ziggler from the ring apron, then measured
Jericho and delivered a Brogue Kick for the pin and
the win. As the faces celebrated in the ring, Cole
thanked Ross for joining them, which suggested this
is his only match tonight.
Team Sheamus at 4:18. A lot of moving parts and, with
only four minutes shown, it was tough for the stories
to sink in. Jericho-Ziggler Week 2 was fine but not
spectacular continuing to build their feud. Also,
WWE continues to ease Mysterio back into action, as
Rey only had a few moves during the match.
to come: The Rock returns on Raw 1,000.
Cole and Lawler briefly talked about things that have
changed since 1993 when Raw debuted. Cole then introduced
some touts from WWE fans on the Bryan/A.J. wedding.
The video package included four 18-34 male fans reacting
to Bryan and A.J.'s craziness. Back live, Cole introduced
Charlie Sheen appearing live via Skype (since he cancelled
Twitter). Sheen said he thinks he would fit in rather
smoothly with DX. He also shouted out to Sheamus.
Cole said they will check in with Sheen later tonight.
Next, Cole introduced a clip of Bryan proposing to
A.J. last week on Raw.
Backstage: A.J. was talking to someone (or perhaps
no one) off-camera. A.J. said the whole thing is going
to be amazing. She then noted she was talking to Layla.
Layla paused to ask A.J. if she really wants to go
through with this. A.J. said she's tired of people
asking her that and claiming she's mentally unstable.
After all, just look around here. A.J. opened the
door and Hacksaw Jim Duggan was shown talking to someone
down the hall. Then, Roddy Piper and R-Truth played
jump-rope with Little Jimmy. Layla tried to defend
Jimmy, but A.J. said he's an invisible child. Suddenly,
a random man in a giant hand appeared with Mae Young
and said he's Mae Young's child all grown up. Mae
wished A.J. best wishes on her wedding, then walked
off with The Hand. Layla couldn't defend that one
and simply told A.J. good luck tonight. A.J. then
went back to brushing her hair and staring at a portrait
of Bryan next to her mirror.
Cole and Lawler offered a stat on how long it would
take to watch all of the Raw episodes back-to-back.
Suddenly, a Sonic car hop appeared ringside to provide
Cole and Lawler with slushes. Darn you, WWE. Lawler
stood up and accepted his drink, but did not appear
to provide a tip to the lady. Suddenly, they cut to
a shot of Jack Swagger ringside ready for his weekly
beating. The disco ball dropped, which meant funky
time with Brodus Clay and his dancers. As they danced
out to the ring, Cole said this feels like WrestleMania
tonight. Cole then plugged entrance themes available
on Shazam right now.
the match started, Clay - sporting a red, white, and
blue singlet - introduced his brother from another
mother, Dude Love. Out came Mick Foley trying to dance
on the way to the ring. Cole noted Foley is a comedian
and is headlining a show in Montreal soon.
-- JACK SWAGGER vs. BRODUS CLAY (w/Mick Foley)
kick, big splash from Clay, and it was over for Swagger.
Afterward, Cole said Swagger has really hit rock bottom
now. Foley then danced with Brodus Clay as Swagger
recovered in the background. Swagger tried to get
at Foley, but he took Socko to end his night.
Clay at 0:16.
Triple H was shown talking to Trish Stratus, who the
crowd did not instantly recognize with her brunette
hair. Stratus tried to convince Hunter to do her yoga
program, which led to some awkward poses in a flashback
to the Attitude Era when Stratus and Hunter found
themselves in the wrong position during a backstage
segment. Suddenly, Dogg, Gunn, Michaels, and Waltman
entered the shot to check on Hunter. Everyone except
Waltman took Hunter away, then Waltman tried to talk
Daniel Bryan was shown in a white tuxedo for his wedding.
He was talking to four random men either dressed as
wedding servers or to carry out A.J. to the looney
- second hour / previous first hour] Back live right
at the top of the hour, Cole plugged Cena vs. Punk
for the WWE Title later tonight. And, in the ring,
the wedding ceremony was set up for the top-of-the-hour
segment. In the ring, Jerry Lawler introduced the
reverend for tonight, Slick. Cole called him a trailblazer
as the first African-American male manager in WWE
history. Cole read poll results that the audience
voted 74 percent for A.J. to say no to Bryan.
the ring, Slick noted his method of payment for overseeing
the wedding, then said they should get this show on
the road. Out came D-Bryan dressed in a white tuxedo
"Yes!ing" down the aisle. Lawler offered
some unfortunate marriage jokes before a traditional
wedding song played to bring out A.J. dressed in white.
They cut to a shot of Bryan smiling as he watched
A.J. walk down the aisle. Lawler offered another marriage
joke before Cole ran through the history of weddings
everyone assembled in the ring, Slick began his speech
as the crowd "What?'ed" him in-between lines.
Slick was building to a crescendo before A.J. tugged
his arm to note it's time to move on. Slick asked
the crowd if anyone objects to the marriage, which
led to catcalls from the crowd. Slick said he's never
heard that before. The crowd followed with "No!"
chants as Bryan accepted a wedding ring from Slick.
Bryan said he loves her and he will always love her.
And, he promises her that once he slips this ring
on her finger and they are announced man and wife,
a new chapter is going to begin for both of them.
And, he will finally have everything he's ever wanted.
Bryan placed the ring on A.J.'s finger before they
said, "Yes!" to the wedding vows. Slick
said that says it all.
said that by the power vested in him ... suddenly,
A.J. told Slick to wait. A.J. looked down at the mat,
then said she wasn't saying yes to Daniel. She was
saying yes to someone else. Bryan sold shock at this
revelation. A.J. looked down, then smiled at Bryan.
She said it's another man. He said this man made a
proposal to her earlier tonight. Bryan sold pain in
his heart. Suddenly, Vince McMahon's music played
to bring out Vince on-stage. Lawler said he has no
idea what's going on here. McMahon told Bryan to hang
on. He said it's not that kind of proposal, but a
business proposal. McMahon said that in the interest
of making Raw 1,001 and every week thereafter the
biggest deal every week, the new Raw GM is ... A.J.
smiled, then A.J. smiled. A.J. walked over to Bryan
and threw her flowers in his chest before skipping
around in the ring in her wedding dress. On the way
out, she lifted up her dress slightly to reveal she
was wearing tennis shoes underneath her dress. Very
fitting for her character. On-stage, A.J. shouted,
"Yes!" over and over as Bryan shouted, "No!"
over and over in the ring. Bryan then tore up the
wedding set in the ring, helping out the production
team. Bryan snapped as they cut to break.
Back live, Bryan was still in the ring yelling at
referees, "No!" over and over. Suddenly,
Cult of Personality played to bring out WWE champion
C.M. Punk, who was dressed to wrestle. Cole noted
Punk defends the title against John Cena later tonight.
Lawler also noted Bryan refused to leave the ring
during the commercial before Cole recapped the Bryan/A.J./Kane/Punk
issues over the past few months.
the ring, Punk smiled at a very angry Daniel Bryan.
Punk got serious, then said he didn't come out here
to rub it in his face. But, he did just stood up at
the altar. Punk sarcastically said it couldn't have
happened to a nicer guy after Bryan treated A.J. so,
so well. Punk said he gets why Bryan is upset since
his future is in jeopardy with A.J. as new GM. Punk
told Bryan he can stay here and continue throwing
a temper tantrum, but he'll continue being the Best
in the World. Bryan muttered those words, then said
Punk isn't even the best in the ring right now. Bryan
said not only is he better than Punk, but he is the
greatest WWE Superstar of all-time. "You hear
me, Punk?!" Bryan shouted in Punk's ear.
The Rock's music played to bring out a returning Rock
to a huge reaction. Rock bounced up and down on-stage
as Punk and Bryan looked toward the stage. A clean-shaven
Rock paced the stage, then turned to walk down the
aisle to the ring. Cole and Lawler hyped Rock's contributions
to Raw's history before Rock reached the ring and
posed in the corner. Rock then locked eyes with Punk,
walked past both men, and posed in the other corner.
Rock's music stopped, Punk stood off in the corner
with arms folded while Bryan continued to act angry.
Rock stared at Bryan, flashed a smile trying to find
the right words to address him with, and then told
Bryan he doesn't get to say who the greatest of all-time
is. He said the fans get to say that. Pause for "Rocky,
Rocky" chant. Rock then did his trademark intro
noting The Rock has finally come back to St. Louis.
Rock turned his head, stared at Bryan, and tried to
talk again, but Bryan shouted, "Hey!" Bryan
said he doesn't know who Rock thinks he is, but Rock
cut him off. Rock told Bryan you don't cut off The
Rock like that. Rock lowered his mic to stare at Bryan,
who was now inches away from him. "Boots to asses"
chant from the crowd, which Rock paused to acknowledge.
decided now was the time to start loosening his tuxedo
as Punk stood in the background seeing how this was
going to unfold. Rock noted he won his first WWE Title
right here in St. Louis, but Rock isn't here right
now to talk to Frodo. No, he is here to talk to Punk
about the WWE Title. Rock then said at the Royal Rumble,
whomever the WWE champion is will face him. And, on
that night, the title will be on the line against
The Rock. Punk said that's good news and he'll fill
in that blank. He said that "whomever" is
him. Punk then vowed to beat John Cena tonight, which
drew a mixed reaction. Punk said he wishes the Rumble
was tomorrow because he wants to jump in head-first.
Punk said he's going to end Cena tonight and beat
Rock at the Rumble.
locked eyes with Punk and said he's going to make
something perfectly clear. Rock noted he won his first
WWE Title here in St. Louis, so it's only fitting
that he tells him right here, right now that at the
Rumble, The Rock will be the next WWE champion. Punk
and Rock locked eyes, then Bryan re-entered the shot
and said, "No! No! No!" He said this was
supposed to be about him and the greatest night of
his life. Bryan got within inches of Rock and told
him that somehow, someway, Rock is going to fight
him at the Rumble. Bryan turned toward Punk and said
not only will be the champion, but he will be the
face of WWE. Rock turned to face Bryan and said Bryan
is not the face of WWE, but the product of a homeless
lumberjack and a troll from Lord of the Rings.
then re-addressed Punk and told him to kick ass tonight.
He re-addressed Bryan that he's sorry he didn't get
married tonight, but he went ahead and got Bryan a
wedding gift anyways. Rock then scooped up Bryan and
dropped him with the Rock Bottom center ring. Rock
signed off, "If you smell what The Rock is cooking."
Rock then locked eyes with Punk and slipped out of
the ring before heading to the entrance. WWE went
to back and forth shots of Punk and Rock one more
time as Punk stood smugly and too-cool-for-school
in the ring. That was a near-15-minute segment.
Reax: Bryan had a stand-out, break-through performance
interacting with Rock and Punk in a big spotlight
segment. Also, Rock setting up a Rumble title challenge
gives the January PPV a nice bump in addition to the
Rumble match itself, as well as future PPVs with Punk
in jeopardy of losing the title before the big showdown
to come: Brock Lesnar answers Triple H's Summerslam
challenge and Cena vs. Punk for the title.
live, Cole plugged a new Twitter poll on who Rock
should face at the Rumble for the WWE Title - Punk,
Cena, or ... Big Show. Odd third selection despite
Show's recent push.
Justin Roberts announced Bret Hart as special guest
ring announcer for the next match. Cole and Lawler
recapped Hart's history on Raw as he made his way
to the ring to receive the mic from Roberts. In the
ring, Hart said one of the best moments of his career
was when he won his first Intercontinental Title against
Mr. Perfect. (Foreshadowing Michael McGillicutty challenging
for the title tonight? Highly unlikely.) Hart said
it's an honor for him to be here and introduce the
two participants in tonight's IC Title match. First,
the current IC champion, Christian. After Christian
came out to the ring and shook hands with Hart, Bret
paused before muttering The Miz as Christian's opponent.
Miz came out on-stage in a giant jacket and locked
eyes with Christian on the way to the ring.
-- IC champion CHRISTIAN vs. THE MIZ -- Intercontinental
did not acknowledge who booked the first two matches
before A.J.'s appointment as Raw GM, nor did the announcers
note who selected Miz as Christian's opponent, but
could there be something here with Miz receiving the
title shot after Miz and A.J. locked eyes on last
week's Raw? WWE went to break one minute in after
Christian took out Miz on the outside. However, Christian
sold a leg injury.
Break. A local ad for Smackdown TV in Houston in two
weeks included a John Cena local promo noting he's
going after Big Show and John Laurinaitis. Plus, Sheamus,
Sin Cara, and Alberto Del Rio advertised.]
live after a three-minute break, Cole claimed this
is the match the audience wanted. Half-right, as the
audience wanted an IC Title match, but did not have
a say in his opponent. Miz continued to work on Christian's
leg injury before Christian slapped Miz across the
face and went up top for a cross-body splash. Cole
plugged another word with Charlie Sheen after this
match as Miz and Christian exchanged control.
Christian, now in control, decided it was time to
bust out The Spear to tribute Edge, but Miz blocked
with a kick to the face. Miz then missed with a corner
splash, allowing Christian to set up for, but not
connect with the Killswitch. Christian tried again,
but Miz countered and Christian sold a leg injury.
Suddenly, Miz nailed the Reality Check center-ring.
Miz with the cover for the win and he is the new IC
champion. Miz sold the moment capturing the title
as Cole noted Miz is a triple crown champion.
Miz took the mic and noted he is the new IC champion...and
awesome. Miz posed with the title belt to conclude
his good night at the office.
Miz at 7:38 to capture the IC Title. An abrupt end
to Christian's IC Title run without much juice to
squeeze out of the unhyped match-up.
Cole and Lawler brought in Charlie Sheen via Skype
to discuss The Rock's return and Daniel Bryan having
"anger management" issues. He told Bryan
to man up. Cole said they will check in with Sheen
again later tonight.
to come tonight: Cena vs. Punk for the WWE Title.
Cole tried to plug a "tout" item, but the
show abruptly faded to commercial.
1,000 tribute video: Regis Philbin talked in a soundbyte
about having pro wrestlers on his show in San Diego
when he got his start in the TV industry. He referenced
The Destroyer, then Classie Freddie Blasse and The
Triple H's music played to bring out Hunter still
dressed in his DX gear. Cole went to a video replay
from Raw three months ago when Brock Lesnar attacked
Hunter and injured his arm. Back live, Hunter watched
the footage and asked the crowd if they're having
a good time tonight. Great. See, he's had his fun
tonight, so it's time to pick up the intensity a bit.
Hunter said he knows Brock Lesnar is here tonight,
so he's calling him out. Hunter reminded everyone
he wants to fight him at Summerslam, so he wants an
Comes The Pain played after a pause, which brought
out Paul Heyman instead of Lesnar. Cole said Lesnar
is here tonight, though. Hunter was not pleased to
see Heyman, who smugly entered the ring. Hunter said
he wants to talk to the horse's head, not the horse's
ass. Heyman smiled along and said Hunter is right
about one thing. His client, Brock, is here tonight.
And, his client has authorized him through power of
attorney to answer his question right now. Heyman
said Brock's answer to Hunter is...no. Heyman smiled
and shrugged his shoulders. Heyman said he's tired
of this crap, so he'll go find Brock right now. Heyman
told Hunter to re-consider since he's already facing
two lawsuits and adding a third probably isn't good
said he doesn't give a crap at this point. He asked
Heyman if Brock is really that big of a coward that
he won't come out here and tell him to his face. Hunter
said Big, Bad, Brock Lesnar is really just a coward.
Heyman asked Hunter if he's really going to resort
to name-calling. "My God, man, what's happened
to you? Are you a child?" Heyman said before
asking Hutner if that's what he teaches his children.
Hunter slapped the mic out of Heyman's hand and told
him not to talk about his family and kids. Heyman
backed down and apologized. He said he shouldn't talk
about Hunter's children because he feels bad for them
being the product of Triple H.
Stephanie McMahon's music played to bring out Stephanie
with a mad-face and mad-walk. Stephanie marched to
the ring as Heyman put his hands in his pockets and
Hunter leaned against the ropes. Steph walked up to
Heyman and got within inches of him. She said Heyman
better not speak about her children ever again. She
then told Heyman the lawsuits aren't about Brock,
but about Heyman masking his business failures at
WCW, ECW, and WWE. Steph told Heyman that he's just
looking in the rear view mirror when compared to Vince
McMahon. "We're going to talk about daddy now?!"
Heyman shot back. Steph told him to shut up, then
said Heyman's children are ashamed of Heyman. She
said their children know their father is nothing more
than a professional parasite.
-- third hour] Steph reached back and slapped Heyman,
who decided it was time to exit at this point. Heyman
paused on the ring steps, though, as Hunter pulled
Stephanie back. Heyman then noted this is what they
really want - Brock to destroy Stephanie's husband.
Heyman said if that's what they want, then it's on.
Heyman said Brock vs. Hunter at Summerslam is on.
Heyman paused and said he fell for it because daddy's
little girl always gets what she wants. Heyman said
it's clearly what she learned from daddy and what
they're teaching their children. Stephanie then tackled
Heyman and slapped him around as Hunter watched closely
in the background.
Brock Lesnar's music played to bring out Brock on-stage.
Brock then hit the ring as Hunter tried to get Stephanie
out of the ring. Brock tackled Hunter and straight
lifted him in the air into the turnbuckle. Brock landed
some realistic-looking punches and kicks in the corner
before Hunter came back with blows. The two men traded
blows center-ring before Hunter rocked Lesnar to the
ropes and clotheslined him over the top rope. Lesnar
stood up and glared into the ring, selling intensity
that he wanted to destroy Hunter. In the ring, Hunter
ripped off his shirt and called out to Lesnar, who
then ripped off his shirt, cursed Hunter, and huffed
and puffed. Lesnar then backed up the ramp with Heyman
behind him as Hunter stood tall in the ring. To recap,
Cole noted Stephanie goaded Heyman into accepting
Brock vs. Hunter at Summerslam. Cole said if tonight
is any indication, it's going to be a flat-out fight.
to come: Punk vs. Cena for the WWE Title.
Cole and Lawler recapped events tonight before introducing
a video some touts. Kofi Kingston offered a tout,
then WWE showed Tout videos of fans reacting to events
on the show. ... Next, the announcers plugged a WWE
'13 video game poll on which dream match viewers would
like to see. The options were Punk vs. Savage, Sheamus
vs. Mankind, Cena vs. Stone Cold, or Andre vs. Big
Show. And, the winner is Cena vs. Austin. WWE then
rolled footage of a fantasy Austin vs. Cena match-up
in the video game setting.
replay: Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon feud. After a
clip of Austin stunning McMahon aired, they showed
John Cena talking up the feud. As clips from their
feud aired, WWE showed soundbytes from Cena, Maria
Menounos, Stephanie McMahon, and The Miz discussing
the Austin-McMahon moments and impact on the Monday
Announcers: Graphics flashed on the screen noting
mainstream media coverage of Raw 1,000 as Cole and
Lawler talked up Raw's place in pop culture.
Santino's music played to bring out U.S. champion
Santino and Hornswoggle holding Mattel's new buddy
toys. Ringside, Cole and Lawler pretended to fight
with John Cena and Rey Mysterio buddy toys. Meanwhile,
Swoggle tossed out toys to the crowd as Santino did
a victory lap. Longest ring introduction ever. Justin
Roberts then announced special guest ring announcer
Howard Finkel. In the ring, Fink said the next match
is scheduled for one fall. Out came Heath Slater,
who ripped the mic away from Fink and said everything
that has happened to him on Raw doesn't matter anymore.
Slater said the only thing that people will remember
is his victory tonight. He said it's going to be *epic.*
He challenged any of the so-called, wannabe Raw Legends
to a No DQ, No Count-out match. Suddenly, Lita's music
played. "What?" Lawler asked aloud before
Lita emerged on-stage. Cole called her the greatest
high-flying Diva of all-time. Cole recapped Lita's
drama on Raw history before Slater laughed at Lita's
presence in the ring. Slater asked Lita if she really
thinks she can beat her. Slater laughed and called
for the bell.
-- HEATH SLATER vs. LITA -- No DQ, No Count-out match
bell sounded, but Lita took the mic and said she hired
herself a little protection. Suddenly, the APA music
played to bring out JBL and Faaroq. Slater bailed
from the ring at this point and decided to head for
the entrance ramp. He stood on-stage, but suddenly
Road Warrior Animal's music played to bring out all
of the returning Legends that have faced Slater in
recent weeks. They dragged Slater down the ramp and
tossed him into the ring, where Lita was waiting.
Lita hit a kick to the gut, then Twist of Fate. JBL
then wound up and smashed Slater with the Clothesline
from Hell. Lita then finished off Slater with a top-rope
moonsault for the pin and the win. Post-match: Faaroq
took the mic and stood over Slater, then noted, "Damn!"
Cue up a celebration with all of the Legends along
Lita at 1:55.
Tonight: Cole fed to a video package on Vince McMahon
introducing the new GM of Raw... A.J. Then, Rock got
involved with D-Bryan and gave him a Rock Bottom.
Sean Mooney re-appeared on WWE TV to bring in Daniel
Bryan for reaction to events tonight. Bryan noted
the entire night has been tainted. Even Charlie Sheen
has jumped in. Bryan said that guy needs more than
anger management, but life management. Bryan said
if Sheen were standing right here, he would slap on
the Yes! Lock faster than you can say, "Winning,"
which he said with a high-pitched, mocking voice.
Bryan stomped off.
Ringside: Michael Cole brought in WWE's 100,000,000th
social media follower, Alex Guerrero, Jr., to discuss
tonight's Raw. Alex noted Daniel Bryan hasn't had
a good night, but he has. Cole then said Alex has
fulfilled his lifetime dream to be interviewed by
Michael Cole, which drew groans. ... On-camera, Lawler
introduced a video package on great WWE catchphrases.
package: Fozzie Bear from the Muppets introduced the
video on WWE catchphrases through the years. Included
was an "Excuse Me!" vs. Stone Cold "What?"
battle, plus Woo Woo Woo from Zack Ryder vs. Woo!
from Ric Flair. Randy Savage's "Dig It!"
line was included. Plenty of Rock and Stone Cold moments.
"And, that's the bottom line 'cause Stone Cold
said so," was the final line.
Zack Ryder talked to John Cena and Mean Gene Okerlund
that he figured out who was behind GTV - Mean Gene.
Okerlund noted he wasn't even working here. Suddenly,
The Rock entered the shot, so Ryder and Gene bailed.
Cena smiled and said it's been a long time. Rock said
he wants to wish Cena good luck, just like he did
to Punk earlier tonight. Cena said he's cashing in
his MITB briefcase tonight to become WWE champion
and get one more shot at the Great One at the Rumble.
Rock said he can't tell him ... how much he's looking
forward to that. Rock walked off and Cena smiled at
the thought of a re-match.
live, Kane's pyro shot off to randomly bring out Kane.
Justin Roberts announced a match-up as Cole recapped
Kane's role in the A.J/D-Bryan love angle. Suddenly,
Jinder Mahal's music played before Kane could blast
his pyro in the ring. Mahal brought out Curt Hawkins,
Tyler Reks, Hunico, Camacho, and Drew McIntyre following
at a distance to note they have been given zero opportunity
through 999 episodes. They circled the ring.
the bell tolled. And, a second time. Cole said it
can't be. Flames flashed on the stage as the bell
continued to toll and Undertaker's theme played on
the Titantron. The crowd erupted as Undertaker slowly
emerged on-stage dressed in his Super Shredder uniform.
Cole noted he's back for the first time since going
20-0 at WrestleMania three months ago. As Taker made
his entrance, Cole recapped Taker vs. Triple H at
WM28 and Lawler noted Taker was on the very first
Raw and now he's on Raw 1,000. Taker slowly approached
the ring steps, looked into the ring, and raised the
lights before entering the ring as Kane stood by.
the ring, Taker turned to look toward Kane, who was
breathing heavily. Taker then slowly removed his gear
as the jobbers stood by ringside. Taker removed his
jacket to reveal his shaved head with a Mohawk sitting
on top of his head. WWE cut to a shot of the jobbers,
then they hit the ring. Taker and Kane landed right
hand blows before they cleared the ring of everyone
except for Hawkins and Hunico. This seemingly random
segment was met by silence before Kane and Taker hit
stereo chokeslams. They followed with stereo Tombstones.
came nose-to-nose with Kane and they surveyed their
brotherly damage. Taker and Kane then cleared the
ring of Hawkins and Hunico before standing tall together
to cheers. Taker proceeded to do his pose before Kane
shot off pyro behind Taker. Cole said the Brothers
of Destruction are back on Raw 1,000. Taker, who strained
as he walked, paced around one more time before Kane
left the ring.
Reax: Taker interacting with Heath Slater would have
seemed beneath him, so this certainly felt beneath
Taker, especially compromising some of his mystique.
It was appropriate for Taker to appear on this milestone
Raw, though, and they didn't give away too much, so
Taker can disappear for a few months before returning
to TV and no one will remember this segment.
Video package: WWE's B.A. STAR event in St. Louis
earlier today. WWE showed clips of Stephanie McMahon,
Eve, Sheamus, The Miz, and James Durbin at the event.
plug: Sheamus has dominated Smackdown as World champion.
This Friday, the next #1 contender will be determined.
Cole and Lawler brought in Charlie Sheen for a response
to Daniel Bryan. Sheen said there's a reason why he's
drinking a shake - he held up an In-N-Out cup - because
he wants to shake the fake beard off Daniel Bryan
and knock around "goat face." Sheen said
the next time D-Bryan is in Los Angeles, he will beat
him up. Cole took that as a challenge for a match
against D-Bryan. And, of course, Summerslam is in
Los Angeles. They stopped short of officially announcing
Bryan vs. Sheen at Summerslam, but that was the implication.
John Cena's music played to bring out Cena for the
main event WWE Title match. Cena came out holding
his MITB briefcase and he noted it's time for him
to make some history tonight. Cena held up the case
as he marched to the ring as Cole went back to June
2005 when Cena was drafted to Raw in this very building.
Cole said that night changed the direction of this
show and WWE forever. Cena then officially handed
in the briefcase to referee Chad Patton to make the
cash-in official. Cult of Personality played to bring
out WWE champion C.M. Punk. Cole then read results
of WWE's poll on who should face The Rock for the
WWE Title at the Royal Rumble - 55 percent for Punk,
35 percent for Cena, and 10 percent for Big Show stealing
votes. Punk posed in the ring as Cena watched intently
before they cut to break.
event PWTorch poll results: No Contest/No Finish/DQ
result - 42 percent, Punk retains WWE Title - 33 percent,
Cena wins WWE Title - 20 percent, and match will not
occur - 5 percent.
-- WWE champion C.M. PUNK vs. JOHN CENA -- WWE Title
bell sounded right as they returned from commercial.
Cena and Punk danced around the ring before Punk extended
his hand, which Cena slapped before they danced around
the ring some more. Cena with a shoulder knock down
as the crowd picked up a dueling chant of "Let's
Go Cena / Cena sucks mixed with C-M Punk." Cole
said if Punk is still champ tomorrow, he will pass
Hulk Hogan's 1991 reign and Bret Hart's 1994 reign.
Punk and Cena continued to feel each other out before
hitting the top of the hour.
-- over-run] Punk took the advantage and shoved Cena
into the ropes, where Cena recovered and paused to
feel things out. Cena then circled around the ring
before locking up again. Cena gave a clean break in
the corner before they locked up again. Lawler said
this come down to just one wrong move. Punk ripped
off a round of chops to Woos! before Cena unloaded
with right hands to regain control. Punk came back
with a back drop before applying a submission. Cena
fought out, then the two men started trading right
hand bombs. Bombs turned into forearms and kicks,
then Cena landed a shoulder tackle and another. Cena
tried a sit-out slam, but Punk escaped and hit a leg
whip into a high knee in the corner. Punk mocked Cena
by doing the handwave before Cena blocked the running
bulldog with a sit-out slam. Cena then did his own
handwave over Punk, who kicked him in the head to
block. Punk followed with another kick, this time
to the back of the head.
7:30, Punk called for the GTS, but Cena blocked, then
shoved Punk into the corner, where the referee was.
After the ref was bumped to the outside, Cena nailed
Punk with the AA and pinned Punk for a visual three
count. Cena then left the ring to revive the ref,
and in the meantime, Big Show entered the ring. When
Cena re-entered, he walked right into a spear from
Show. Show then wanted the KO Punch on Cena as Punk
recovered in the corner. Show cocked his hand, then
blasted Cena in the head with the KO Punch. Cena fell
over as Punk sold confliction crouched in the ring.
recovered to his feet and surveyed the scene, trying
to figure out what to do. Punk walked out of the ring
and checked on the ref, telling him to wake up. Punk
acted unsure of how to handle this as the ref came
to on the floor. Punk then rolled the referee into
the ring and sold confliction as Cena remained KO'ed
in the ring. Punk then made a split-second decision
to go ahead and cover Cena, who kicked out just before
three. Punk sold frustration over this situation.
He then hoisted up Cena for the GTS, but wasn't 100
percent committed to it. Cena countered in mid-air
into the STF center-ring. Suddenly, Big Show entered
the ring again and blasted Cena, causing a DQ.
Cena via DQ at 11:14; Punk retains the WWE Title.
A set-up for a major angle to follow...
Show decimated Cena as Punk stood in the background.
Punk sold confliction over what to do. Lawler pleaded
with Punk to do something. Meanwhile, Show continued
to assault Cena. Suddenly, The Rock's music played
and Rock stormed the ring. Rock ran right past Punk,
who appeared to exit stage left. Rock blasted Show
with right hands, then dropped Show center-ring.
proceeded to set up for the People's Elbow, but Punk
stormed the ring to blast Rock with a clothesline
out of nowhere. The crowd gasped as Punk stood still
selling inner conflict with his eyes. Punk held his
hands out, then measured a recovering Rock and delivered
GTS center-ring. Some of the vocal males applauded
while other fans booed Punk, who simply stood center-ring
with sort of a faraway look in his eyes. Punk then
accepted his title belt as Rock writhed in pain and
Cena remained out cold in the corner. And, the seed
planted in Punk's ear by Eve a few weeks ago has produced
slowly left the ring to a mixture of boos and cheers.
Lawler said he thinks Punk has turned on the fans.
Back in the ring, Rock slowly recovered while Cena
blinked his eyes. They cut to a shot of Punk slowly
walking up the entrance ramp with a faraway look in
his eyes and the audience unsure what to make of this.
Cole signed off 14 minutes past the top of the hour.
THOUGHTS: WWE certainly planted the seeds for the
big matches the remainder of the year with an apparent
C.M. Punk heel turn after becoming tired of Cena,
Rock, and others over-shadowing him as WWE champion.
It looks like an immediate Punk-Cena re-match at Summerslam,
then perhaps Punk-Rock at the Rumble, and perhaps
Rock-Cena II at WrestleMania, this time actually for
the WWE Title. All of this remains to be seen, but
that appears to be the direction.
Legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper In Fancypants
Four Horsemen Including Ric Flair To Be Inducted Into
WWE Hall Of Fame 2012; Jim Ross Tweets - 27th Feb
"The Rock" Johnson Continues His Journey
Towards WrestleMania Match With John Cena
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Andre The Giant, Steve Austin, The Rock, John Cena
- 7th November 2011
Nash aka 'Diesel' returns to WWE Raw on Monday's episode
from the United Kingdon. Nash is scheduled to resume
his feud with an "injured" Triple H as part
of the build-up to an expected singles match in the
near future. Plus, more build-up for The Rock &
John Cena teaming up at Survivor Series. Nash continues
to run his official website, sporting gaming in the
mix, but his site could do with a major update, not
that ours is perfect either. Great to see Nash become
relevant again and Triple H should bring out the best
in him, but don't expect a Shawn Michaels 5 star classic.
TV Network News Update...
WWE's quarterly conference call with investors this
past Thursday, WWE CEO Vince McMahon had some harsh
words about talk show host Oprah's cable TV network
and contrasted the Oprah model with WWE Network plans,
which McMahon was very optimistic about during the
would say I suppose the one of the notorious ones
(branded TV Network models) would be the Oprah Network,
which is a miserable failure on all accounts because
you have a brand like Oprah and it does take a genius
to figure out that, 'Okay, why dont we have
Oprah do what she does best in our very own network,'
and that's the one thing that doesn't happen,"
McMahon said. "So, in terms of the introduction
of a network theory, you're saying, 'Okay, let's take
Oprah, but lets dont use, lets not
whatever we do, we dont use her and what she
does best. Lets just try and take an Oprah name
and try and brand that in a big round about way,'
which obviously from a common sense standpoint, it
doesn't make sense... We know what our WWE attributes
are. So, we have the opportunity to enhance all of
that and bring further viewers, lapse viewers, and
as well as current viewers and new viewers from a
younger age set of two to 11 into the network, which
will be extraordinary, because we are giving the audience
what they want, not what they don't want."
Foley WWE Return...
Foley returned to WWE at Wednesday's Raw house show
in Dublin, Ireland, which started WWE's bi-annual
European Tour. Foley, who has hinted at a WWE return
for several weeks, is in the U.K. for his own promotional
Piper campaigning for Piper's Pit with Rock &
Hall of Famer Roddy Piper has taken to Twitter to
campaign for a Piper's Pit segment with The Rock and
John Cena prior to their tag team match at Survivor
THE WWE DOESN'T PUT THE ROCK, CENA, PIPER IN PIPER'S
PIT THEY ARE CHEATING EVERY FAN IN THE WWE UNIVERSE.
THINK THERE AFRAID? i'M NOT," Piper tweeted Friday.
"SPAM THE WWE FOR PIPERS PIT WITH CENA AND ROCK.
I PROMISE, IT WILL BE EPIC."
28 press release; Rock vs. Cena...
Conn., November 2, 2011 WWE® announced today
that tickets for its annual pop culture extravaganza,
WrestleMania XXVIII, will go on sale this Saturday,
November 5 at 10 AM ET. WrestleMania XXVIII will take
place Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Sun Life Stadium
in Miami, FL. The event will be headlined by the highly
anticipated main event featuring the most electrifying
man in all of entertainment, The Rock® against
WWE Superstar John Cena®.
prices range from $25-$850. There will also be a limited
number of Gold Circle VIP Packages available
for $1,500. The Gold Circle packages include seating
in the first four rows ringside, an exclusive Gold
Circle VIP Stadium Entrance, a collectible WrestleMania
XXVIII ticket holder and the commemorative WrestleMania
XXVIII take-home folding chair. Tickets can be purchased
through all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com
or by calling 1-800-745-3000. All tickets are subject
to service charges and facility fees.
year, a capacity crowd of 71,617 fans from all 50
states and 30 countries attended WrestleMania XXVII
at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. WrestleMania is
more than just a one day event, its a week long
celebration, as WWE will be taking over the greater
Miami area during WrestleMania Week. In addition to
WrestleMania XXVIII, other activities will include:
WrestleMania Axxess WWEs four day interactive
fan festival; WrestleMania Reading Challenge Finals;
WrestleMania Pro-Am Golf Tournament and the 2012 WWE
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Additional information
on these events will be announced in the future at
Sylvester Stallone speaks to Entertainment Tonight
about his Steve Austin injury during 'The Expendables'...
Tonight's Nancy O'Dell (one-time WWE Raw guest host)
caught up with Sylvester Stallone on-set at his new
movie, "Bullet to the Head," to discuss
the film's progression before an April 2012 scheduled
release date. Stallone noted he's still feeling the
effects of neck surgery that was required after he
suffered an injury at the hands of "Stone Cold"
Steve Austin shooting "The Expendables"
last year. Austin was required to tackle Stallone,
who accidentally landed on a pile of bricks. Stallone
said, "It's never really the same. "You're
just able to function a little bit better."
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Ross, Cena, Rock, Kevin Nash... - 12th July 2011
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Movies and more - 19th June 2011
wrestling legend Randy 'Macho Man' Savage dies in
car accident, by Greg Tingle - 20th May 2011
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and Hollywood Collide - 1st April 2011
is the queen of MTV's Jersey Shore; the other is WWE's
resident Mexican aristocrat. One is famous for being
perhaps the worst of the tanned, bouffant-wearing,
gum-chomping Italian stereotype. The other invites
fans' wrath with a wink and a smile as he drives the
world's most expensive cars to the ring and insists
on being introduced by his own personal ring announcer
- in Spanish.
one entity - and one extravaganza - could bring these
two very different stars together: World Wrestling
Entertainment's 27th annual WrestleMania on Sunday.
Snooki will participate in a six-person, inter-gender
grudge match while Alberto Del Rio will vie for the
World Heavyweight Championship in his WrestleMania
debut. Both promise to thrill 70,000-plus screaming
fans in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
going to be the peak of my career," said Del
Rio, a native of Mexico. "My family, my entire
country, is going to be proud of me because I'm going
to go out there and become the new World Heavyweight
Champion. I'm going to die out there trying to become
the World Heavyweight Champion."
what's behind the infatuation with WrestleMania? Why
do fans come from around the world and dole out hard-earned
money to watch this spectacle on pay-per-view? What
is it about WrestleMania that makes fathers and sons
and daughters jump out of their seats and grown, muscle-bound
men in tights speak in hushed reverence?
put, it is pro wrestling's greatest annual event.
All wrestlers who grew up as fans dream of performing
in it and look forward to watching it. Even in the
choreographed world of professional wrestling, there
is nothing staged about the emotion and excitement
from anyone who performs at WrestleMania.
a kid, all I wanted to do was be a wrestler,"
said Del Rio. "Now that I'm here in WWE - WrestleMania
is our NBA, our Super Bowl, our World Series of professional
wrestling. As a wrestler, as a performer, I always
dreamed of being in something like that."
the fan, WrestleMania's appeal is as nuanced as wrestling's
longtime popularity. Wrestling's magnetism goes hand-in-hand
with the dawn of the television age in the 1950s,
but WrestleMania took it to another level. It is a
marriage of headlocks and Hollywood that began in
1985, when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon teamed up the
charisma of Hulk Hogan and the diabolical lunacy of
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper with the star power
of Mr. T and Cyndi Lauper. (Credit:
News Media: Shawn Michaels' Speech At WWE Hall Of
Fame Induction 2011: 'Thank You' - 2nd April 2011
you. ["HBK!" chant. "Thank you Shawn!"
chant. Whoa! Some other chant.] The damnedest thing
on my way to my Hall of Fame speech, a damn roast
broke out. Thanks. I knew there was no way you was
gonna say anything nice about me. For the 15 years
we've known each other he never has, and he never
will. He's like the Fonz trying to say he's sorry.
know how tough it was for you to say . That was a
huge deal for him to even recognize that I worked
in this line of work for 36 years. You're not aware
of this, but we shared a big moment there. There's
some psychiatrists going, "They're starting to
nervous, so don't give me cat calls. [Cat calls.]
I've been going over what I'm gonna say. ["One
more match!" chant.] You're killing me with the
one more match thing. Seriously, I know it's good
TV, he'll have a nervous breakdown. We sold out the
building! He had a heart attack!
love you Shawn!"] I'm serious. For the love of
God, help me out here. I don't even know where to
start. You know there are things that go between ...
I can't say, I'm not supposed to say. That's one of
the reasons I was OK to retire. Coincidentally, this
is the first year where we're not doing it live. They'll
chop it up in post to make sure it's ok to air.
I was 19 years old, I didn't want to be a sports entertainer.
I didn't know at the time. I told my mom and dad,
I want to do what those guys do it on TV. Making it
was going to be going out in San Antonio and wresting
in front of 25 people. Fast forward, and I'm a 45-year-old
man, and I get to stand here and say thank you.
the way, I wasn't really aware of it. I was raised
by a loving family, sitting right down here, who loved
me every step of the way and supported me. But for
whatever reason when I started doing this line of
work at 19 I spent the next 26 years searching for
validation. I don't even know why. But what my peers
thought of me and what you thought of me was the most
important thing in my life. And I worked myself into
the ground. It was so important to me that you thought
I did a good job. I know that sounds patronizing,
but I want to thank you so much for giving me that.
very thankful to all the other inductees and especially
Triple H for making this fun and amusing. Because
as much as I've tried to not make it a deep and heavy
cry fest, I can't do it. There are no words to express
how much I lived and breathed to do this every night
for so many years. And it begs the question, how am
I gonna be OK away from this?
Monday the Undertaker had mentioned Shawn Michaels
will walk into the Hall of Fame with a ton of regrets.
If this had happened in 1998, that might've been true.
At that time, I was good at my job, but there's no
way I could've stood here with no regrets. And although
my family would've been proud of me, I know there
would've been a little disappointment for them and
a certain guy backstage whose name I'm not allowed
to mention. [Crowd WOOs. Guy next to me says "RIC
FLAIR!" I believe him!]
came back in 2002 after being told I'd never wrestle
again, for one more match. That was nine years ago.
I'm thankful I can stand before you with absolutely
no regrets. [Missed a part about God and his family.
Sorry.] Since they came into my life, I've had not
a regret. Not a second goes by that I'm not thankful.
The most precious gift of all is my little family.
I love you all so much, and I want to thank you for
being so selfless and letting daddy finish what he
was very important to me to come back and go away
on my own terms. I love my two children more than
anything in the world. Thank you so much for letting
daddy go wrestle. [I have a daughter. Totally about
to tear up.]
are countless WWE superstars that I've had to create
with. I'd love to mention everybody, but I don't want
to make this too long. I don't wanna be that guy.
[Crowd WOOs.] You guys are implying that. I'm not
saying that. Every year there's somebody, and we're
like, dude there's WrestleMania tomorrow. I'm gonna
assume you know who you are.
I did my best to make sure before I left to tell you
how awesome it was for me, and how much I appreciate
you guys [makes crazy hand gestures] putting up with
me when I wanna do something you don't do all that
much. I appreciate your time and patience. I appreciate
you being a part of my life. A lot of times all we've
got is each other. We're like guys in a fox hole together.
But when we're with each other, we're all we got.
We can stab each other in the back, but can't nobody
else do it.
wanna thank you for allowing me to be a part of that
fraternity. We're always gonna look at everybody else
and say you're not gonna understand it. And that's
OK. It's something we're gonna take to our graves.
lastly there's all of you. The WWE universe, the fans.
I love every one of you, even when you bother me at
5 in the morning, even when I cuss you, you still
come back and forgive me. You have been a part of
my life and family for so many years, it begs the
question, why would a 19-year-old kid from a wonderful
upbringing seek validation from strangers?
thing people used to always say that separated me
is that I could make a connection with you. I don't
know if I did a good job, but for the last 26 years
whether you were connected to me I have no idea, but
I was connected to you. I have never won Most Popular,
I wasn't the prom king, I wasn't the homecoming king,
so I guess in my adult life the most important thing
to me was that you believed in me and thought I was
good. On this night, 2011 Hall of Fame, I feel it,
I thank you, I love my ring. And I love each and every
one of you.
know this has been sappy. I can't help it. And if
you're not down with that, I got two words for you.
("Suck it!" from the crowd.)
Australian Tour 2011
are on sale Friday 28th January, opening at 9am via
Ticketek. WWE has thus far named for the "World
Tour" - John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The
Miz and Wade Barrett.
1st July - Sydney (Acer Arena)
Saturday 2nd July - Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
Sunday 3rd July - Perth (Burswood Dome)
Monday 4th July - Adelaide (Entertainment Centre)
Tuesday 5th July - Brisbane (Entertainment Centre)
Kong signs with WWE
is believed to have offered former TNA Women's Knockouts
Champion Awesome Kong a contract.
wrote the following earlier today on her Twitter account:
"My dreams just came true today. I got my dream
job. Yes, THAT one."
sources indicate there's been discussion of Kong joining
the organization in recent weeks. One source claims
she paid a visit to WWE's headquarters Stamford, Connecticut
a month ago.
the signing has not been confirmed, sources believe
it was finalized last week.
News: Jim Ross new blog on WWE Hall of Fame &
announcing future, Daniel Bryan interview on Miz,
Cena, cattle mutilation
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James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has published a new blog
discussing this year's WWE Hall of Fame class, Paul
Orndorff's cancer revelation, historical Royal Rumble
events, his announcing future, and other topics in
the Hall of Fame: "I hope that the class does
have a WCW/Atlanta feel but the class will likely
be 6-8 inductions tops. Plus, WWE will want to not
over do posthumous inductions if at all possible."
his announcing future: "Have I called my last
event in any thing? I hope not and that's not my plan
but my broadcasting work may not include regular WWE
work but something outside the genre." Ross said
he feels he's a "long shot" for the Univ.
of Oklahoma announcing job, but he's "not retreating"
on pursuing his dream job.
WWE U.S. champion Daniel Bryan has an interview with
Jon Waldman of Slam Wrestling covering a variety of
different subjects from his first year in WWE.
said he would have liked to have learned more from
The Miz on Season 1 of NXT, he hasn't seen his infamous
2003 Velocity match against yellow-pants-wearing John
Cena "in years," and he won't use the Cattle
Mutilation submission on TV.
possibly wrestling Cena again: "I thought it
was a good match and it gets me excited because I
know we both progressed in our careers and if we ever
got to wrestle again it would be really good."
not using Cattle Mutilation on TV: "I didn't
really believe the Cattle Mutilation would get over
with the WWE Universe, and the reason why is because
it's such a TV-oriented product. There are a lot of
downfalls to it. You can't see the other guy's face,
and on top of that, it's very difficult to do it to
big guys; I don't have long arms."
Enough Returns, by Greg Tingle - 7th January 2011
officially announced on Monday that USA Network has
ordered ten episodes of the "Tough Enough"
series beginning Monday, April 4, the night after
Makes $45 Million For Host City
Conn., November 4, 2010 - World Wrestling Entertainment®
announced today that WrestleMania XXVI generated $45.1
million in economic impact for the greater Glendale/Phoenix
area, according to a study conducted by the Enigma
Research Corporation. WrestleMania also generated
close to $5 million in local, state and county taxes.
the past three years, WrestleMania has generated nearly
$150 million in cumulative economic impact for its
host cities and states, this despite the country experiencing
one of the worst economic periods in decades.
premiere event was an important addition to Glendale's
tourism industry and position as a leading sports
and entertainment destination, said Glendale
Mayor Elaine Scruggs. The $45 million boost
to our region created by WWE's fantastic fans makes
WrestleMania a valuable economic attraction for every
community host. We look forward to WWE returning to
capacity crowd of 72,219 fans from all 50 states and
26 countries attended WWEs pop culture extravaganza
this past March. Key highlights from the study included:
$45.1 million of direct, indirect and induced impact
derived from spending by non-locals visiting specifically
for WrestleMania XXVI.
- The economic impact derived from WrestleMania Week
equated to the creation of 510 full-time jobs for
- 63% of fans that attended WrestleMania were from
outside the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, with 53% staying
three nights or more.
- 60% of fans that came from out of state were from
California and Nevada.
- 58% of fans that attended WrestleMania were between
the ages of 20 and 40, and 23% were between the ages
of 5 and 19.
are very pleased that WrestleMania has once again
produced a significant economic windfall for its host
city. This is an incredible result in the face of
a challenging economy, and one that illustrates the
size and scope of WrestleMania Week, said John
P. Saboor, Senior Vice President of Special Events
for World Wrestling Entertainment. Our public
and private sector partners within the Glendale/Phoenix
area were exceptional hosts for the WWE Universe.
year, WrestleMania XXVII will take place Sunday, April
3 from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Tickets go
on sale Saturday, November 13 at 10 AM EST through
the Georgia Dome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets,
www.ticketmaster.com or by calling
1-800-745-3000. The event will be broadcast on pay-per-view,
and viewed in more than 100 countries.
Enigma Research Corporation is an international consulting
firm which specializes in measuring the economic impact
of special events. Enigmas economists developed
a customized model which converted expenditures into
economic impact, employment created and taxes generated
as a result of the event.
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