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WWE Raw from Memphis proved to be a landmark event. Many fans, including myself, were quite concerned with how the WWE would form their upcoming Wrestlemania card, now a mere four weeks away. We all knew something had to happen in Memphis, as the WWE wouldn’t allow a vague card to still exist so close to their marquee event. The company loves promotion. Maybe even too much, as our heads are constantly drilled with promoted television shows, WWE shows, upcoming events, and, oh yes, the WWE Network. Not to mention the countless promotional segments for matches themselves. Which is why something had to happen.
And on Monday night, it did.
Monday Night Raw from Memphis saw plenty of movement as far as the Wrestlemania card is concerned, but there were still some unanswered questions moving forward. However, a close examination of what we’ve seen so far, »
- Dane Mamula
Previously on: It's "Wrestlemania" season, and all eyes are on the upcoming "granddaddy of them all" in New Orleans. Still, Daniel Bryan continued going after Triple H, while the crowd hated the planned main event of Batista vs. Triple H.
The big news: Bryan may be going to the main event, after all. He hijacked "WWE Raw," along with nearly 100 supporters who flooded the ring and ringside area, demanding a match with Triple H.
Security couldn't clear the ring, and The Authority attempting to start a match did nothing. In the end, Triple H was forced to give in, after a lot of ugly yelling from Stephanie McMahon, including yelling over and over that she "owns" Bryan.
Just like that, »
The show airs on Sunday night immediately after The Walking Dead, with a panel of guests discussing the horror drama. Considering he doesn’t appear on WWE Raw tonight or any other show before Sunday, the appearance will mark the first time we have heard from Punk since his WWE walkout in January.
Punk, a self claimed Walking Dead addict, may choose to only talk about AMC’s zombie drama, but there could be a chance he discusses his current situation – host Chris Hardwick or the live audience questions could prompt Punk to talk about his WWE status.
Punk previously appeared on the Talking Dead in 2012, an occasion which left the star frustrated due to WWE’s failure to promote the appearance. Announced for this weekend he was described as »
- Grahame Herbert
And so this week’s much-anticipated Raw, broadcast live from Cm Punk’s hometown of Chicago, has finally come and gone, and with it, the WWE is actually all the better. For days now social media had been abuzz with hashtags like #hijackRaw and #Punkreturns in hopes of disrupting the WWE flow across this specific Raw program. And try as they did, the live crowd this week in Chicago could not really get the job done. But boy they tried, but in the end the WWE brass was just too smart for even the most avid wrestling fan, mark, and Cm Punk enthusiast.
Cm Punk walked away from the WWE following the Royal Rumble. With the plans set up before him by Creative at that time, he was being booked to again take a Wrestlemania main event backseat to another returning veteran in Dave Bautista. Punk didn’t like being second-fiddle, »
- JD Shrader
Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, who is now promoting the March 14 big-screen release of his movie Need for Speed, guest-hosted WWE Monday Night Raw last night in Chicago. And honestly, he looked as happy as he did at his wedding — which is why we love him.
Watch the video below to see Paul make his entrance behind the wheel of his Need for Speed Mustang with WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, stand on the ropes to hype the crowd, and then stand on the commentators’ table to taunt Ziggler’s opponent, Alberto Del Rio. (We assume if he’d called him “bitch! »
- Mandi Bierly
I was live in attendance during the March 3rd Chicago Edition of Monday Night Raw, and boy was it an interesting show to say the least. Fans crammed into the Allstate Arena for what they hoped would be an action packed, star-studded Raw as we saw last week in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
What we knew going into the event was reports all over the internet were predicting the Chicago native Cm Punk was going to finally return after walking out on Raw the night following January’s Royal Rumble. Did he make his triumphant return? Everyone was also excited for the rematch of the Wyatt Family vs. The Shield in 6-man tag action. Did it hold up compared to their bout at Elimination Chamber? Did we see more cracks in The Shield?
It’s only 34 days away from Wrestlemania and it’s time to kick storylines into high »
- Brandon M. Prosek
Previously on: The crowd loves Daniel Bryan, The Shield and The Wyatt Family. They hate practically everyone else, which is making for a very bizarre "Wrestlemania" buildup. Thankfully, The Undertaker returned, which lit up the crowd,. Hulk Hogan did too, but was far less effective.
The big news: The main draw of the show wasn't anything that happened on the episode, but rather what didn't: Cm Punk is still gone. As expected, the first "WWE Raw" from his hometown of Chicago, since he walked out after the "Royal Rumble," was pretty insane.
Right away, the show started with loud and clear Punk chants and they never ended. That's why it was a surprise when his music his and his face appeared on the video screen. It was all a clever ploy by Paul Heyman though, which is just mean. Heyman had many nice things to say about Punk, but it »
The story of Cm Punk’s departure from WWE following the Royal Rumble has been the biggest in the wrestling world for over one month. Hulk Hogan is back, The Undertaker is back and the WrestleMania card is starting to take shape, but any time a top guy walks out that trumps everything else in the company. Why did he leave? When is he coming back? We’ve been wondering it for weeks now and we’ve also been updating you on the story as best we can.
Now there appears to be some sort of resolution to the situation as Cm Punk is expected to return to WWE on this Monday’s Raw in his hometown of Chicago according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
While Meltzer won’t say he’s 100% sure Punk will be at the show, his source, »
- John Canton
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Pro wrestling is an odd beast, indeed. While John Cena, the 14-time world champion, continues to be the face of the WWE, he is not without his detractors. Much like many past “faces of the company”, there’s the feeling among a large group of fans that he has perhaps overstayed his welcome. Cena is not the first to have this happen, and he likely won’t be the last.
However, underneath Cena, underneath any face of the WWE, he is supported by an undercard of gifted talent. These are men that inlcude multiple time Intercontinental Champions, United States Champions and even men who have yet to be given their big break. It’s fair to say, then, that many of these talents have been ready to carry the torch of the WWE, but for whatever reason, have been playing back »
- Matthew Fisher
In 2011 the WWE and Cm Punk pulled off one of the greatest worked shoots of all time. The reverberations of the ‘Pipe Bomb’ led to WWE having a new main event star and landed Cm Punk a 434 day title reign. He may have lost that belt at the start of 2013 but he then went on to top level feuds with Rock, Undertaker, Jericho and Brock Lesnar. The last year has hardly been a bad one for Cm Punk.
Despite being a consistently booked top level star on WWE cards, he walked out on WWE the night after Royal Rumble 2014, reportedly due to either creative frustration or burnout issues. Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer stated that this ‘quitting’ was legitimate and it was unknown if Punk would ever return. What probably happened was Punk got upset that he wasn’t getting the chance »
- Grahame Herbert
The biggest story of the 2014 Wrestlemania season has undoubtedly been Cm Punk quitting the WWE. Vince McMahon has termed it a “sabbatical”, but by all accounts, Punk is done with the company and isn’t coming back. Or at least that’s what we are led to believe.
The Straight Edge Star was either fed up with creative or physically burned out. The night after Royal Rumble he told Vince McMahon he was done and went home to Chicago. He hasn’t been seen or heard of since, minus his attendance at Ufc 170 where he was barely visible concealed in his hoodie.
Next week sees WWE Raw roll into Chicago, just minutes away from where Punk is hiding himself in his downtown penthouse. Despite all indications otherwise, some corners of the internet continue to believe that the whole Punk walkout was »
- Grahame Herbert
If ever there was an acceptable place for someone to constantly yell "Yeah, b****," it's professional wrestling. Former "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul will be guest hosting "WWE Monday Night Raw" on March 3 to promote his new movie "Need for Speed."
The guest hosting role on "Raw" really depends on who WWE books. Some have been great, others not so much. Then there are those like Betty White, who was practically absent from the show, only appearing backstage.
Hopefully, Paul will fit in with some of the better guest hosts of the past, like Hugh Jackman. At least he can find comfort in the fact that he won't be as bad as Dennis Miller. Check out Jackman on the show below.
un·der·whelm – transitive verb \-ˈhwelm, -ˈwelm\: to fail to impress (someone). This is the one word that will be used when describing what was to be one of the most important episodes of Raw ever to be aired in the history of the WWE, an episode that landed with a resounding thud by the night’s end this week. On Monday February 24th, 2014, WWE Raw was officially underwhelming. This could be a huge problem for them moving forward to Wrestlemania XXX, and history is surely only to be lukewarm to this key episode when it’s thought of in the years to come.
This Monday night’s Raw was anticipated to be a huge turning point and milestone in the history of the WWE company. With the launch of the WWE Network on Monday morning, the WWE had positioned that evening’s Raw broadcast to »
- JD Shrader
The big news: The Undertaker has returned to "WWE Raw" and all is well in the professional wrestling kingdom. It was expected that Undertaker would return Monday (Feb. 24), and WWE wisely held off until the main event for him to make his appearance.
As has been rumored, it's going to be Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar. This came after Paul Heyman complained in the ring that Lesnar wasn't getting the respect he deserved and should be considered the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Heyman said Lesnar didn't want just any match but wanted to make history. Suddenly the gong hit and it was on.
Lesnar and Undertaker have fought before, back when Taker was a biker, and always had good matches. Seeing »
Just over 30 years after “Hulkamania” was born — when Hulk Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik to become WWE Champion on Jan. 23, 1984 — Hulk Hogan will return to WWE after last making an appearance in December 2007. Hogan’s return will take place on the Feb. 24 installment of Raw, airing live at 8pm Et on USA Network. Hulk Hogan will also appear on WWE Raw Backstage Pass, which airs live on the new WWE Network at 11:05pm Et on Feb. 24. Additionally, Hogan will be hosting WrestleMania 30 on April 6. “We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has … Continue reading →
The post Hulk Hogan returns to WWE tonight on “Raw” appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
The initial reaction to the WWE Network going live at 9Am Est today has been mostly positive.
Fans have taken to social media to express they are impressed with the service, but there have been increasing reports of problems signing up and streaming breakages. At this stage it is probably a case of too many people rushing in at once.
It looks like if you got on board in the first hour you would have found it a smooth sign up, with problem reports coming later in the morning. WhatCulture contributor @DavyShrader reported “Surprisingly, I signed in @ 9am, no issues getting setup, even on a slow connection. However, most content is unavailable.”
Understandably most of the content will go live after tonight’s WWE Raw launch show, so that issue is easily cleared up. WWE have in fact got 50 documentaries available as of right now.
WhatCulture reader Jon Spangler offers a more in depth analysis. »
- Grahame Herbert
The day has finally arrived. The WWE Network launches at 9 a.m. Et with a full slate of programming, both on the network stream and as part of the video-on-demand library.
The most important thing to note is that beginning with "Wrestlemania 30" on April 6, all WWE pay-per-views will air live on the network. What is there to watch before that? Use this handy guide to programming, so you know what you're looking for.
All times are Eastern.
Monday7:30 p.m. - "WWE Raw" Pre-showA live, 30-minute Raw Pre-Show will air each week.
11:05 p.m. - "WWE Raw Backstage Pass""WWE Raw Backstage Pass" will air live each week immediately following Monday Night Raw, providing analysis of the night's action and exclusive backstage interviews.
Hulkamania is back, brother. Hulk Hogan is returning to the WWE Monday on USA Networks' "Raw at 8 p.m." He'll also appear on "WWE Raw Backstage Pass," which airs Monday nights at 11:05 p.m. "Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family," Hogan said in a statement. "I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha gonna do when Hulkamania runs wild as the host of WrestleMania 30?" Although Hogan isn't expected to get in the ring, according to CNN, he is reportedly going to have some sort of "impact" on the action. The iconic wrestler is also set to host WrestleMania 30 April 6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New »
Hulkamania is officially back in the WWE.
World Wrestling Entertainment has confirmed the widely circulated news that Hulk Hogan is returning to the company in time for the 30th anniversary of "Wrestlemania," its signature pay-per-view event. He'll make his first appearance on the Feb. 24 "WWE Monday Night Raw" on USA and also host "Wrestlemania 30" on April 6.
"We are thrilled that Hulk Hogan has returned home to WWE," chairman and CEO Vince McMahon says in a statement. "It's fitting to have him help us celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania and usher in a new era with the launch of WWE Network."
Hogan headlined the first-ever "Wrestlemania" in 1985 and had main-event billing in eight of the first nine years of the event. »
The 60-year-old wrestler will host “WrestleMania 30,” on April 6, from New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But he’ll be on the air before that, appearing on USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” on Feb. 24, and on the WWE Network’s “WWE Raw Backstage Pass,” later that night.
One of WWE’s biggest stars during the 1980s, with a legion of loyal “Hulkamaniacs following his every move,” Hogan first joined the company in 1984, and left in December 2007 after the 15th anniversary of “Raw.”
“Words cannot express how excited I am to be back in the WWE family,” said Hogan, who went on to win six WWE championships and starred in movies like “No Holds Barred,” after defeating the Iron Sheik and defending the title against Andre the Giant at “WrestleMania III” at the Pontiac Silverdome. “I only have one question for the WWE Universe: whatcha »
- Marc Graser
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