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On a night when WWE was going head-to-head with Monday Night Football and the Mlb postseason, you figured they'd put together a can't-miss broadcast. Alas, that's less likely to happen when Steph and Triple H run into turbulence and leave their show in the hands of the "World's Greatest Director of Operations," Corporate Kane. (Hey, like Roman Reigns said, "This is real life," right?)
WWE expected a raucous crowd as they brought Raw to the typically rowdy Chicago, Il. Kane was in charge of the show, which caused a major headache for WWE Champion Seth Rollins. Meanwhile, John Cena issued another Us Championship Open Challenge and Roman Reigns squared off with Wyatt Family powerhouse Braun Strowman. It’s the Raw Report…
The show opened with Kane on the phone to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, who were running late at the airport. They handed control of the show over to a very chirpy Kane, urging him to put aside his issues with Seth Rollins until Hell in a Cell and be a professional. Kane immediately summoned a stage manager and told her to inform Rollins that he would have a match tonight – a lumberjack match against Kane himself. This was an intriguing way to open the show, even though it seemed rather unlikely that »
- Tom Beasley
John Cena is the biggest name in World Wrestling Entertainment today. The days may be long gone when many of the top stars in wrestling were household names, but Cena certainly belongs in that category. Even though WWE don’t do the same monster business they did when the likes of Hulk Hogan or Steve Austin were on top, Cena is still known to many outside the wrestling bubble.
Over the years, it’s become prevalent that predominantly adult fans are not supporters of the John Cena bandwagon. There are literally thousands who feel Cena’s in-ring work is shoddy, and he doesn’t deserve the acclaim he receives by his employer. On the flip side of that argument, the man’s fans point towards his star power and willingness to perform hundreds of ‘Make A Wish’ visits to dying children each year.
- Jamie Kennedy
Dolph Ziggler is set to turn heel and is expected to face John Cena at Hell In A Cell, Dave Meltzer is reporting on Wrestling Observer Radio. The heel turn could also involve Ziggler teaming with Summer Rae against a babyface team of Lana and Rusev, in a continuation of that narrative.
Ziggler’s reason for turning on Cena is clear. He was defeated by Cena on the Us Open Challenge on Raw, and on Total Divas he has told Nikki Bella that he wants to be in a relationship with her. So Cena has two things that Dolph wants, the Us Title and Nikki Bella.
The turn could happen on next week’s Hell In A Cell go-home Raw, or maybe it will be saved for Hell In A Cell itself. Upon Cena’s return in December, the rivalry with Ziggler would then be renewed. It could even be extended to WrestleMania, »
- Grahame Herbert
Rusev was pinned clean in three minutes by Ryback this week on WWE Raw. He was then slapped and verbally humiliated by Summer Rae, who was furious at the news this weekend that Rusev and Lana are engaged.
The whole segment looked like WWE having a petty response to the real life news of the Rusev and Lana engagement. It ruined what had been a several month storyline investment in Rusev and Summer Rae as a couple.
“It could be that they are furious at the guy for not kayfabing,” Dave Meltzer said on Wrestling Observer Radio.
However, Meltzer also suggests that it is the start of a Rusev face turn, and may have actually been designed to put sympathy on Rusev and Lana. This would also involve Summer Rae partnering with Dolph Ziggler, who is due to turn heel. It could then lead to matches with Ziggler »
- Grahame Herbert
The limp through the fall continued Monday night, as Raw rolled into the always-hot Chicago and managed to turn in a mediocre program. There wasn’t anything horrifically bad, but when the biggest development of the night is that a couple got engaged during a John Cena-Dolph Ziggler United States Championship match, then that’s really saying something.
It felt like WWE was afraid to really drop a major angle or swerve on a notoriously lively crowd, choosing to nudge storylines along without any bombshells. There was no Brock, no Taker, no Shawn Michaels and no Ric Flair – although all four apparently will be on next week’s edition of Raw! If WWE is swinging for the fences next week, then the company executed a sacrifice bunt Monday, trying to advance the runners without taking a big risk – which also means little reward.
The Authority ran »
- Scott Carlson
A source in the fitness industry told Keith that Cena will film a new fitness-themed reality show for the Fox network, that will premiere in the Spring of 2016. The show begins shooting on October 26th, the day after Hell in a Cell, and production continues until the first or second week of January.
For a few weeks, the exact reason for Cena’s departure has been speculated on, with everything from injury to a possible marriage to Nikki Bella. Most observers would say Cena should just rest his body, and come back strong for Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania season, but Cena once again will show his intense work ethic by taking on this additional project.
- Rich D. Latta II
When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, he immediately entered into a feud with John Cena, setting up a dream match. The two had clashed once before – at Backlash 2003 – but that was before Lesnar became Ufc Heavyweight Champion and Cena became WWE’s franchise player. The resulting bout was excellent, not only for the action, but for delivering a battle fans never thought they’d see when each man was dominating his own realm.
Lesnar then entered into a feud with Triple H – whom he had never wrestled in his original run with WWE – defeated Cm Punk, and delivered a classic with Cena and Seth Rollins. Oh, and he ended The Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak. The past three and a half years have been very interesting (at least when “The Beast” is around), and his contract guarantees that he’ll be a part of WWE through WrestleMania Xxxiv. »
- Scott Fried
Potentially the most prolific animated crime fighting team in history, the Mystery Inc. Gang are back to take on a new jitter inducing mystery. But this time they are not on their own. Having already dealt with a WrestleMania mystery involving a series of wrestlers including John Cena, the gang are back, sans Scrappy, to collaborate with legendary rock band Kiss.
- Stu Greenfield
Several superstars have reached out to Cena and checked he is okay, but he has insisted he is fine. Cena has told his colleagues that when everyone finds out why he is temporarily leaving, they’ll see it is a good thing.
The report adds that the time off isn’t linked to an injury, and Nikki Bella isn’t a factor. There had been one rumour that maybe Cena and Nikki were getting married, but that isn’t thought to be the case.
Cena asked for the November time off earlier in the summer, and is scheduled to leave after Hell In A Cell. His return is currently pencilled in for the December 26 house show at Madison Square Garden.
He’ll undoubtedly be a big loss to WWE, especially »
- Grahame Herbert
No superstar wrestler comes fully formed and fleshed out to the main event: in fact, even those huge wrestlers, like John Cena, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton and The Rock, who’ve grown up in the WWE and who’ve never really known anywhere else, still have their adolescent period to look back on, that part of their careers where they were still feeling out what would get them over and make their characters tick.
These days, a star’s finishing move is synonymous with that star. It hasn’t always been this way: true, signature moves have been a part of the business for decades, but the status of a signature move as a standard part of the finishing sequence of almost every match has become a staple of Us pro wrestling storytelling since sometime in the 1980s –when Hogan’s big boot/leg drop combination after the »
- Ben Cooke
A marriage proposal, a rare Brock Lesnar appearance and John Cena wrestling in the main event was not enough to bring Raw above a 2.3 rating. You would think with last week’s terrible viewership numbers that a drastic shakeup was needed. Instead, we get Kane breaking out of some handcuffs that Seth Rollins bought at the dollar store. Hey, at least Nxt Takeover was good!
The question of the week is: When will wrestlers realize that cutting a promo on a local sports team on national TV is just stupid? Nikki bashing the Red Sox on Raw, and The New Day taunting Philadelphia over the Eagles losing may upset the live crowd, but that tactic is inoffensive to at least 90% of viewers.
The worst put-down of the week (and part of the reason why the Divas Revolution is spinning its wheels) was Bad’s attack on Nikki with “Going all the way? »
- Andrew Soucek
As a WWE Network Special Beast In The East was somewhat of a smart move. Although aired live at a time too early for America, the nature of the online service meant it could be re-watched at anytime. Somewhat of a glorified house show though, was it any good?
The first thing noticeable about WWE Beast In The East is the difference in style from normal WWE programming. It may have been a little bit of culture shock for WWE fans unaware of how Japanese crowds worked, and how they ran their matches. The beauty of the event though was that WWE showed the respect for the country they were in and ran the show for the Japanese crowd and not so much for the rest of the world.
In this respect there were differences in the matches, for one a lack of run ins makes for a refreshing change. »
- Paul Metcalf
WWE brought SmackDown to Philadelphia, Pa this week, advertising a massive tag team match instalment in the Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt turf war. Elsewhere, King Barrett made his return to the ring for the blue brand. It’s this week’s SmackDown Recap…
New Day came out to start the show with a recap of their decimation of John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and the Dudley Boyz on Raw. They gloated about their actions before running down the Philadelphia Eagles and claiming that the Dudleys had “politicked” their way into another title match at Hell in a Cell. Dolph Ziggler turned up and told “the Three Stooges of the WWE” that he would face Big E tonight. New Day teased the numbers game advantage, but Ziggler introduced the Dudleys to even the odds at ringside.
1. Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler
As usual, it was Xavier Woods at ringside who was the star attraction here, »
- Tom Beasley
John Cena asked for his WWE time off several months ago, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports. He had been advertised for November events up until recently, but that was an error on WWE’s part for failing to update listings. They knew he was going to be leaving, and it isn’t like he suddenly made a demand for time off.
The fact it was a long term plan for him to take time out, it proves that it isn’t related to an injury.
He’s scheduled to be away from WWE as soon as Hell In A Cell goes off the air, and he isn’t advertised to return until the December 26th date in Madison Square Garden. The official explanation to the Wrestling Observer was that he’s taking time out due to personal reasons.
He’ll be missing several important dates, including Survivor Series and TLC specials. »
- Grahame Herbert
The past week has been a mixture of the good and the bad for WWE. On the positive side, Live From Madison Square Garden and Nxt Takeover Respect should have seen a slight boost for WWE Network subscriptions. The Msg show was Brock Lesnar’s first match since August, and the Nxt show was main evented by a rematch of what was arguably the best match of 2015. WWE expected those bookings to draw business for the Network.
However, the bad news is that Raw ratings are still in the gutter. The 10/5 show did in the same region as the previous five weeks, with a 2.34 rating and 3.37 million viewers. The number was a little bit up from the 18-year non-holiday low of a 2.32 rating and 3.32 million viewers the previous week, but the rise wasn’t to a significant degree. It deserved a bad rating, as it was another dismal show, »
- Grahame Herbert
If the rumors are to be believed, John Cena will be taking a leave of absence from WWE following October 25’s Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View event, and he won’t be returning to the company until the very end of the year.
A two month absence for Cena is incredibly newsworthy – barring serious injury (and sometimes in spite of it), Cena hasn’t had a break that long since debuting on TV in 2002. WWE has been nervous over taking Cena off of television before (he never missed Raw during his Nexus “firing” angle), and with ratings at 18-year lows, a lack of Cena presents a problem for the company.
Another problem presented by Cena leaving is the fact that he’s currently the United States Champion. Cena has held the title almost consistently since WrestleMania, and his weekly open challenges and defenses have become an important part of Raw. »
- Scott Fried
It’s the shortest time since Takeover specials in Nxt history, and it’s a big one. They’re back at Full Sail University for the first ever 30-minute Iron Man match featuring women in the main event – it’s Nxt Takeover: Respect…
Show opens with a video package that puts over the main event, and highlights that this show is all about respect. It shows archive clips from famous feuds like Bret/Shawn, Rock/Cena and Dusty/Flair. This was all pretty great. When they cut to Full Sail, we see Dusty on the main screen to lead the crowd in chants for him. Triple H said that this night would be very focused on Dusty.
I said in my preview for this event that this match would be hard hitting and physical, and I was not wrong. »
- Luke Owen
The downloadable offerings will include a story-driven 2K Showcase surrounding the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees; access to new moves, unlockable content, player progression; and a wealth of playable WWE Legends and WWE and Nxt Superstars. The individual content packages will begin releasing in late 2015, with some packages releasing in early 2016.
The legends you will be able to download include the likes of Big Boss Man, Dusty Rhodes, Lita, Mr. Perfect, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and Trish Stratus; while Samoa Joe and former Nxt Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy will also be available. On top of that, more than 30 new moves will be available for download including Kevin Owens’ Sidewinder Suplex, which he used in his debut match against John Cena.
The full details of the downloadable content for WWE 2K16 are available here! »
- Ross Tweddell
The Undertaker is in good physical shape and is open to working more dates this year, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports.
It would probably only be rare dates, but one area that could need him is November’s european tour. The Observer references how the tour is lacking depth.
The reason Taker is in such fine shape, is because he’s fully healed from previous injuries and surgeries. He is due to work October’s Mexico tour and could work similar shows before WrestleMania.
However, one thing that is a no-go, is The Undertaker versus Sting match. There’s been zero talk in that direction. That’s a shame, as it is a dream match, but the time to do it was at Mania 31. It looks like the ship has sailed now, especially after Sting’s poor performance and injury at September’s Night Of Champions.
With this »
- Grahame Herbert
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