Jim Ross is back with yet another blog over on jrsbarbq.com. Here are some highlights:
– NXT is doing its work as many new faces from developmental are beginning to to occupy key, roster spots on RAW and Smackdown. Some incumbent talents on the main roster who are ‘peculating’ might want to glance over their shoulder. More, outstanding NXT prospects are pushing to be “next” on the call up list. Competition is on going and good for all. It will take time for all the ‘new’ to be facilitated which means that it will take patience of which many fans and some talents don’t have in an abundance. I see much of 1013 being a ‘transition year,’ of sort, which means fresh, new, and exciting times on WWE TV programming.
– The Shield continues to evolve and their unit is becoming one of the hottest entities within WWE in years. If they can stay healthy, which there are no guarantees, and continue to evolve and master their craft these three can be big time players in WWE for years to come. Hopefully, they will continue down their current path as I would like to see where that would take the trio at WM30 in New Orleans.
– For my money, no one on any WWE broadcast over shadows Daniel Bryan who is arguably the best technical wrestler in the business and his consistent performances week after week often times goes unmentioned. Bryan has the same skill set that Bret Hart had back in the day and that is making everyone that he’s in the ring with better. That is a true artform and is one that is battling to make a comeback in today’s world of sports entertainment.
– The Bray Wyatt Family vignette was spot on and after seeing them perform as much as I have in NXT I can attest that they will, without question, contribute positively to WWE once they arrive on RAW and/or Smackdown. Wyatt has success and athleticism in his blood and has that rare, second gear that most big men do not possess. I can’t stress how important that is. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are big, rugged dudes who, at times, remind me of a young Mick Foley or Bruiser Brody in as much as they are ‘brawlers’ who move well for being such big men.
Watch “Bret Hart Appreciation Night” that took place after Monday night’s RAW.
– As noted earlier, a fight broke out last night at RAW during the main event between John Cena and Curtis Axel. WrestlingINC.com reader Steven passed along these details about the brawl:
“I was at the RAW show last night, on the edge of the upper bowl directly over top of the incident during the Cena – Axel match. It pretty much came out of no where in the back of the floor level seating when a fan (not sure if he was drunk, but he appeared so afterwards) threw a punch, and very quickly a larger tussle broke out that appeared to be quite violent. The entire crowd’s attention turned to it and people started a ‘Fight! Fight! Fight!’ chant. Security rushed over very quickly, and one of the event staff actually knocked down one of the guys throwing punches pretty hard. A couple of the guys and the girl involved were so worked up and crazy that it took 4+ men to hold them back, and even then barely could do so.”
“At this point nobody was watching the match in the ring anymore and the whole crowd was buzzing and standing to see what was going on. Police rushed over to cuff those involved, and in the end 3 guys and one large woman were cuffed and escorted out by security, with the crowd cheering and yelling loudly at them. There were some people on the edge of the aisles that guided them out with DX glowsticks, like a plane”
2005 – TNA’s contract with Fox Sports Net is not renewed. Impact airs for the final time on the network
In 1994, AAA TripleMania II-C was held in Tijuana, Mexico
– El Torero, Rey Misterio & Rey Misterio Jr defeat Fuerza Guerrera, Fishman & Pirata Morgan
– Blue Panther defeats Octagon by forfeit to win the Mexican National Middleweight Title
– Perro Aguayo, Lizmark, El Hijo Del Santo & Mascara Sagrada defeat La Parka, Psicosis, Black Cat & El Satanico
– Los Hermanos Dinamita (Cien Caras, Mascara Ano 2000 & Universo 2000) defeat Los Payasos (Coco Rojo, Coco Verde & Coco Amarillo) in a Cage Match
– Konnan defeats Jake Roberts in a Hair vs Hair Match
1959 – Jerry & Eddie Graham defeat Mark Lewin & Don Curtis to win the NWA Northeast United States Tag Team Titles
1970 – Luke Brown & Danny Hodge defeat The Hollywood Blondes (Jerry Brown & Buddy Roberts) to win the TSW United States Tag Team Titles
1977 – Jimmy Snuka defeats El Gran Goliath to win the Texas Heavyweight Title
1988 – Owen Hart defeats Hiroshi Hase to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title
1997 – Johnny Ace & Kenta Kobashi defeat The Holy Demon Army (Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue) to win the AJPW Unified World Tag Team Titles
2002 – on Raw, Rob Van Dam defeats Eddie Guerrero in a Ladder Match to win the WWE Intercontinental Title. Also, Terri pins Steven Richards to win the WWE Hardcore Title, but loses it back to Richards later in the night
2012 – KAI defeats Kenny Omega to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
Happy birthday to current TNA and former WCW executive Eric Bischoff (58), one-time WCCW Television Champion Kelly Kiniski (53) and one-time WWE Divas ChampionNatalya (31)
Also, today would have been the birthday of Canadian tag team star and SMW co-founder Sandy Scott (79)
Hulk Hogan via Twitter..
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1. Call the ambulance!
WWE Champion John Cena refused medical attention following his vicious Last Man Standing Match against Ryback at Extreme Rules, though he may not have that option at WWE Payback when he faces the “Human Wrecking Ball” in an Ambulance Match.
In a contest where the objective is nothing less than to send your opponent stretchered out in a mobile medical vehicle, the already shaken Cena has a very tough challenge against the rampaging Ryback as is. Cena has triumphed in these contests before, but with Ryback so close to his goal of the WWE Title, The Champ will have his work cut out for him in a big way.
2. Gold Shield
One down, two to go: After Dean Ambrose’s United States Championship defense against Kofi Kingston succumbed to chaos and became a Teddy Long-mandated Tag Team Match, at least one of The Shield’s new titles is safe for the time being. The only Superstars yet to claim their rematch clause against the “Hounds of Justice” are the former WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No, and with Daniel Bryan hitting a new high point, the time might be ripe for them to make a move on The Shield. There is, however, one problem …
3. Weakness leaving the body
Daniel Bryan has been in a bit of a bad mood since suffering the pinfall that cost Team Hell No the WWE Tag Team Titles at Extreme Rules. In fact, he has all but flown completely off the handle trying to show the WWE Universe – and Kane – that he’s not the “weak link” in the celebrated duo. Bryan nearly hospitalized Seth Rollins in the Six-Man Tag Team classic on Raw last Monday, and his anger forced the official to reverse his tapout defeat of Jack Swagger on SmackDown when Bryan refused to release the “Real American” from the “No!” Lock. Bryan has more than proven he can hold his own in Team Hell No’s ranks, but how long before his bearded ballistics come back to haunt the tandem?
4. A “perfect” future
Paul Heyman has always been a wrestling purist, and now he has his claws into the first third-generation Superstar of his esteemed stable. A progeny of no less than Mr. Perfect himself, Curtis Axel is now poised to reignite his family’s legacy in the mad scientist’s name.
Although the young gun comes from relative anonymity, Heyman’s presence instantly guarantees him plenty of opportunities. Axel has already made the most of two such openings, controversially defeating Triple H last week on Raw and decisively decimating Sin Cara on SmackDown. How will Heyman keep Axel’s wheels turning when he returns to Raw a week after conquering The Game? Perhaps the scheming manager’s appearance on Chris Jericho’s “Highlight Reel” will provide insight.
5. The Best There Is, The Best There Was …
Raw is in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on Monday night, so that means only one thing: Bret “Hit Man” Hart is coming to town! And immediately after Raw goes off the air, WWE will present “Bret Hart Appreciation Night,” a first-time-ever Raw Post-Show — exclusively on the WWE App. As to what, exactly, the WWE Hall of Famer has planned for his hometown crowd is a mystery.
Things tend to get interesting, however, any time the “Hit Man” sets his sights on WWE, so download the WWE App today and be a part of the celebration after Raw’s conclusion Monday night.
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It suddenly dawned on me how unaccustomed I had become to the sight of blood when I embarrassingly said “Oh my God!” when I noticed that Jack Swagger had a little bit of blood coming from his right shoulder.
The reason I was so shocked by this was because only about seven years ago that the sight of Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair wearing the proverbial ‘Crimson Mask’ was so common and expected that you barely even noticed it.
WWE now so rarely uses matches of this nature, especially too such degree on one night that the sight of a table, a chair or a cane has become a novelty again.
The problem is for older fans is that we’ve seen all these weapons being used in far more devastating and sadistic ways thanks to the likes of ECW. So when we see foreign objectors being used in a pretty basic manner that were on Sunday, its hard to take the PPV Extreme Rules seriously when there are no boundaries being pushed .
In fact, we now live with a generation if viewers who have never seen the likes if Tommy Dreamer, Sandman, Sabu or Mick Foley, the likes of which took hardcore wrestling to a whole new level. A generation of which that voted John Cena as the most extreme wrestler ever. They obviously paid no attention to the subject, matter of the poll and just saw it as popularity contest.
– The official YouTube account of WWE has released a video ranking the top ten “most ridiculous” intros ever created by the sports-entertainment organization. This countdown includes intros for WWF Wrestling Challenge while Bret Hart and Yokozuna reigned supreme, WWF Livewire, the inaugural SummerSlam in 1988 when The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage) collided with The Mega Bucks (“The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant), and WWF Superstars featuring an electrified Ultimate Warrior hoisting the WWF Championship up in the air.
WWE labelling the intros as “ridiculous” has garnered a largely negative response from commentors of the video, with the top remarks stating “All these are still better than Raw’s current intro” and “There’s nothing ‘ridiculous’ about any of these, except that they’re all ‘ridiculous good’ and beloved by many long time fans.”
WWE taped this week’s WWE SmackDown Tuesday night from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Below are full results:
Justin Gabriel defeated Cody Rhodes.
WWE SmackDown (Airing Firday)
* The Miz and another MizTV segment opens this week’s WWE SmackDown. His guests are Fandango and Summer Rae. Miz announces he will do MizTV and then win the Intercontinental Title tonight. Wade Barrett interrupts and starts running down Fandango and threatens him. Mi and Barrett start brawling and we have tonight’s first match.
* The Miz vs. Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title is up first. Fandango comes out dancing and interrupts in the match. Barrett nails the Bullhammer on Fandago but Miz wins by DQ.
* Daniel Bryan vs. Jack Swagger is next. Zeb Colter cuts a promo about conspiracies before the match. Bryan wins a back and forth match with the Yes Lock. After the match, the crowd chants “yes” and Bryan looks as if he’s crazy before putting the lock on Swagger again. Kane breaks the hold up and they argue before Bryan leaves.
* Damien Sandow is out in the ring with Matt Striker. Sheamus ends up coming out. This was described as a weak segment to start a Sheamus vs. Sandow feud.
* Chris Jericho defeated Big Show by count out. Big Show controlled most of the match but Jericho hit a Codebreaker outside of the ring and Show got counted out.
* Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel are out next. Heyman and Axel talk about extending his brand and taking out Triple H.
* Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel is up next. Cara hits his usual high-flying moves but McGillicutty wins with his finisher.
* Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose for the United States Title is up next. The match ends when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns interfere. Randy Orton and Sheamus make the save. Teddy Long makes a six-man match.
* The Shield controlled most of the match but the faces turned it around. Orton hits a RKO on Reigns, Rollins takes a Brogue Kick but Ambrose hits his finisher on Kofi for the win. After the match, Team Hell No come out and throw Ambrose and Rollins back in the ring. Orton hits a RKO on Rollins and Ambrose takes a Brogue kick to end it.