Previewing his upcoming match with John Cena at WrestleMania 29 to IGN.com, WWE Champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson explained why he wanted to face the Cenation leader again after defeating him at last year’s show.
“You have to understand that my return back into the WWE was years in the making. And since I’ve been back, it’s been a three year-long journey that started at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta. So John has always been my first choice,” Johnson told Matt Fowler.
While contemplating his return to the sports-entertainment organization years ago, Johnson revealed that he wanted to work with the wrestler who he felt would generate the biggest business.
“Here’s the thing,” said Johnson. “The question was that if I was going to go back in the WWE, how could I go back and make the most impact? With who can I headline WrestleMania in that company and make the most impact? And the bottom line is that it continues to be John Cena. Just in terms of, and we’ll use a Hollywood term here, box office appeal. Universal appeal. Athletic pairing. So there are a lot of reasons.”
The Hollywood heavyweight also says he returned to WWE to give back; to elevate the company that led to his success as well as elevate their “number one hero.”
Johnson continued, “With some great drama, some great emotion. This scenario for me is one that I’ve honestly dreamed of. A dream match. And what I’m talking about is being able to go back to the WWE and give back to the business, which is in my blood and has allowed me a platform to perform which then, twelve years ago, allowed me to make he transition to Hollywood. So the scenario I’ve dreamed of is that I’m able to go back, become WWE Champion, go into the what is considered the biggest market place in the world, which is the New York City area, at MetLife Stadium and headline WrestleMania as champion and give back to the business, the fans,the company and their number one hero. So I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario and we’re going to have a blast.”
Regarding the WrestleMania bout itself, Johnson said, “I think we’re going to have a great match and my hope is that it’s going to be a classic.”
Vince McMahon v Paul Heyman Fight
The only surprise about the way this segment of the show transpired was how early it was on in the show. Before the ‘fight’ could really get started Brock Lesnar came in to save Heyman from McMahon and then Triple H came in to do the same for Vince.
Triple H must be slightly relieved that he busted open Lesnar causing him to need 18 stitches in his head. If that hadn’t of happened all we would have been talking about would have been his embarrassing wet patch around his crotch.
Things always seem to get a lot more exciting when Lesnar’s on screen because if his ‘Loose Cannon’ aura about him. There’s a certain unpredictability about him that brings back that sense of ‘anything can happen on live TV’
Ryback def. Dolph Ziggler
A decent showing from these two. It looks like they have stopped teasing a possible heel turn for Ryback, for the time being. It seems that after two big losses in a row they needed to remind viewers of his strength and dominance. So a big win against will hopefully do the trick. Even though Ziggler lost he puts so much effort into making his opponent look good that he still comes out intact.
Mark Henry def. The Great Khali
Went to the toilet, by the time I came back it was over. I’m guessing I missed nothing special.
MizTV: Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter, Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez
Jack Swagger may have been the most disappointed man on Raw this week when he found out that Glenn Beck wouldn’t be there. I’m sure he would want to thank him in person four helping him keep his job. Had out not been for the interest created by Beck then maybe Swagger would have been sat at home watching Ziggler being introduced on MizTV.
Although I glad Swagger and Colter are still being vilified food their views their was a worrying YouTube video n which they defended WWE’s product. Which I doing have a problem with it’s just that having them defend WWE kind of puts them our side against Beck and the last thing we need is fans cheering these two, that won’t be good publicity.
Randy Orton def. Antonio Cesaro
I don’t about you but I feel as if I’ve seen this match more times than we should have. It’s beginning to wear a little thin, almost as if this is meant to be filler and nothing else.
With five weeks to Wrestlemania there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the undercard, and doesn’t look like we will find out more at next weeks ‘old school’ if it’s being described as a ‘throwaway’ show.
Sheamus’s Oscar Snubs
Last week when Sheamus mocked Wade Barrett for his peripheral role in Dead Man Down I assumed it was just a one off. However, it seems that this isn’t the case and that WWE is dropping Bo Dallas’s debut storyline on WWE television.
We will have to see whether Bo has had his storyline scrapped in the coming weeks. Maybe the crowd didn’t get behind Dallas as much as WWE was hoping.
R-Truth def. Cody Rhodes
A couple of weeks ago Team Rhodes Scholars had disbanded. Since then they’ve ‘reunited’ at live events and are still fighting each others battles on TV. I wish WWE would make up minds on what to do with them once and for all. I’d personally love to see them back in the Tag Team title picture.
Kane and Daniel Bryan def. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil
Once PTP looked to be destined to be future tag team champions. Now they’re being buried by a team that is only there for comedic value who severely handicapped during the match. There’s no way where being led to believe a team consisting of a blind man and one-armed would beat one of their main rivals.
Let Team Cobro do the comedy and actual genuine wrestlers be wrestlers, their entertaining enough as it is. Their getting stale now and the fans are bored of it.
The Shield Promo
Another great promo from the Shield. Dean Ambrose is top of the list vocally in the group and maybe the company, Rollins is impressing me more and more when has the mic but Reigns still looks quite nervous every time he has the mic. It’s as if you can see him trying to remember his lines as he speaks.
Then presumably to keep everyone guessing Sheamus comes out provokes Ambrose and Reigns to allow Randy Orton to RKO Seth Rollins. So its still up in the whether Sheamus will face Barrett or the Shield at Wrestlemania but out looks like Orton definitely will be. Expect two of either Sheamus, Ryback and Jericho to join him.
Jack Swagger def. The Miz
Swagger managed to come out of this show unscathed. There was no humiliating moments or loss for him at all. Maybe he will see thus as a green light to commit more crimes. It was as if nothing bad happened as he dispatched The Miz without too much trouble to continue his big push.
As for Miz these continuous losses in a manner that makes him look like an injured animal is no way for them to help promote the release of his new movie on DVD pretty soon. If you thought last years fall from main eventer to Team Laurinaitis member was bad, this year he’s more likely to have a small speaking at this rate.
John Cena def. CM Punk
This was easily an early candidate for match of the year, which is what to expect every time these to square off against each other. It could easily be better than any match we see at Wrestlemania. I was even impressed with Cena myself , and that takes a lot of doing but it can’t be a coincidence that he’s had this many great matches with CM Punk. The biggest surprise of the match was seeing Punk deliver a piledriver to Cena, a move which I’m pretty sure was banned years ago, but I bet these two can get away with it.
Even though you just know WWE want to have rematch between Rock and Cena at Wrestlemania it didn’t hamper the entertainment value of the contest. Even most ‘marks’ would have probably have found themselves questioning who was just going to win as the momentum swung from one competitor to the other.
Tonight’s WWE RAW will take place from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Confirmed for tonight’s show is Vince McMahon vs. Paul Heyman in a fight plus John Cena vs. CM Punk with the winner getting a WWE Title shot against The Rock at WrestleMania 29.
Speculation is that The Undertaker may return to TV tonight after making his in-ring return at a live event over the weekend. Brock Lesnar is confirmed for tonight’s show as is Rey Mysterio. Two stars who won’t be on RAW tonight are The Rock and Chris Jericho. Advertised locally for tonight is
WWE is focusing on the following points for tonight’s show:
* Does Paul Heyman stand a chance against Vince McMahon?
* More fiery fallout for Kane and Daniel Bryan?
* What avenue will Ryback pursue against The Shield this week?
* What will Brad Maddox do as Assistant to the Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero?
* Cena vs. Punk: Once more, with feeling
Hall of Famer Jim Ross has updated his blog, whichyou can readin its entirety at JRsBarBQ.com. Here’s what JR had to say about:
The Latest On Jack Swagger’s DUI & Drug Arrest:
“I’m still waiting for all the info to rollin from Mississippi regarding Swagger’s arrest where he was changed with some misdemeanours. Obviously this situation was ill advised and should never have happened no matter how badly timed it is perceived by some. Any time is a bad time.”
“At some point, if one cannot solve a problem, then one must eliminate said problem. But I’ve always felt compelled that one should exhaust all reasonable remedies to solve an issue before saying adios to any talent. I’d like to think that back in the day that I was a “player’s coach” but that doesn’t mean that repeat offenders or those who are so defiant and that resist positive changes in their lives need to be kept around.”
“I simply hope that Swagger has learned a life lesson from his mistake and that nothing like this ever occurs again. He owes it to himself, his family, the fans and his company to do so.”
The Undertaker’s Return At Saturday Night’s WWE Live Event:
“Lots of buzz about the surprise return of the Undertaker Saturday night at a WWE live event in Waco Texas. Taker wasn’t advertised and competed in a tag team bout. It’s great to see the Phenom stepping back into the ring and I hope that he gives himself a passing grade for his latest experience and that he feels great today.”
“Like everyone else, I hope that Taker’s return to the squared circle results in him performing at WM29 but I would suggest that isn’t exactly a ‘done deal’ as I write this. Perhaps we will learn more next week on WWE TV or the week after. I’m willing to simply stay tuned and enjoy the ride and I remain optimistic. (What a novel concept.)”
The Associated Press has released more details on the February 19th arrest of WWE Superstar Jack Swagger.
Their report notes that Swagger was pulled over for driving 10 mph over the speed limit and his car was towed and later released from custody to a friend of his that picked him up from the police station.
If Swagger is convicted, he faces fines of $188 for driving 10 mph over the speed limit, $437 for a small amount of marijuana and $1,300 for a first DUI offense. The DUI charge carries a mandatory court appearance and he could lose his driver’s license for 90 days. Swagger could also face a maximum of two days in jail, but could avoid that by meeting stipulations such as counselling.
As noted earlier, the DUI charge will require Swagger to appear in court in Gulfport, MS on March 12th.
Jack Swagger’s road to WrestleMania – assuming it’s still on course -will take a detour on March 12 as he will be appearing in court to answer his charges of DUI, marijuana possession, and speeding. Swagger was arrested on Tuesday night – one minute before Midnight-in Gulfport on Lorraine Road near Morningside Drive after he was pulled over by local sheriff deputies for speeding. A search in his car resulted in the discovery of marijuana. Swagger didn’t spend much time behind bars and was picked up by an acquaintance according to local newspaper reports.
TNA has released the official preview for next week’s episode of Impact Wrestling, which will feature World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy returning to confront Bully Ray.
Next Thursday on IMPACT: Jeff Hardy returns, plus the Lethal Lockdown teams
Preview Thursday’s huge IMPACT WRESTLING broadcast on SpikeTV at 8/7c, as the road to the “Lockdown” event continues!
– What will be the fallout from the Aces and 8s attack on Hulk Hogan? What is Hogan’s condition? Tune in for a major update on Thursday’s IMPACT!
– World Heavyweight Champion “The Charismatic Enigma” Jeff Hardy makes his return to IMPACT! What will happen when Hardy is face-to-face with Bully Ray, the superstar that will challenge him for the title at Lockdown?
– Also on Thursday, “The Icon” Sting and Devon will both reveal their teams for the Lethal Lockdown match! Who will join Sting as part of Team TNA – and who will backup Devon from the Aces and 8s? Find out on Thursday!
WWE issued the following today:
WWE® INVITES GLENN BECK TO GET RAW
STAMFORD, Conn., February 22, 2013 – WWE has extended an invitation to talk show host and political commentator, Glenn Beck to appear live this Monday on Raw, in response to a segment that aired on The Blaze TV yesterday. In the segment, Beck references WWE as “stupid wrestling people,” when criticizing a recent WWE storyline involving WWE characters Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio®, Jack Swagger® and Zeb Colter®. WWE is giving Beck the opportunity to address our 14 million weekly viewers and our global fan base, as he believes we are offending our “conservative” fans with this storyline.
Similar to other television shows andfeaturefilms, WWE is in the entertainment business, creating fictional characters that serve as protagonists or antagonists. To create compelling and relevant content for our audience, it is important to incorporate current events into our storylines. WWE is creating a rivalry centered on a topical subject that has varying points of view. This storyline was developed to build the Mexican American character Del Rio into a hero given WWE’s large Latino base, which represents 20 percent of our audience.
Big congratulations to WWE Superstar The Miz and former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet, as the two got engaged last night. Maryse tweeted on Friday morning:
feb 21, 2013 is a date i will always remember, what beautiful day and night @mikethemiz im the happiest girl in the world!!
Sooooooooooo happy!!!!!!! #engaged ❤❤❤❤❤
love my baaabbyyyyyy @mikethemiz
She tweeted a picture of the ring (above)