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Just how stacked can the deck get against Roman Reigns on his clearly telegraphed march toward a WrestleMania victory over Triple H? And how many times can Kalisto and Alberto Del Rio trade the United States Championship back and forth before it is completely devalued and all of John Cena’s hard work is undone?
These seem to be the only questions that matter to WWE these days, if judging solely by matches currently booked for Fastlane in two weeks. Sure, there will have to be several more matches to fill out a PPV card, and there are some angles that are clearly moving in that direction. But you almost get the feeling that WWE writers are looking at a calendar and realizing that they have eight weeks until WrestleMania and are trying to stretch things out, rather than building aggressively toward the go-home PPV before Mania.
- Scott Carlson
Bryan was spotted at the Phoenix airport headed to Seattle, the site of tonight’s edition of Raw. This is not just a coincidence, as according to a report from PWInsider, Bryan is in fact booked to appear at Raw.
He is not currently expected to take part in the SmackDown tapings on Tuesday night, however, though plans could certainly change. The appearance in Washington is not surprising, as it is Bryan’s home state.
WhatCulture has reported several times in the past that Bryan has been cleared by more than one independent doctor for a return to the ring. However, WWE’s own medical staff has not cleared Bryan, and he will not be allowed to return to in-ring competition until that happens. »
- Ryan Droste
The biggest issues in WWE right now are establishing who will be the top contender for Triple H’s WWE World Heavyweight Title come WrestleMania and Brock Lesnar’s proposed feud against Bray Wyatt. Naturally, the ‘Beast Incarnate’ is also tied up in the Triple Threat title situation at Fastlane, but if the company are serious about pitting him opposite Wyatt come ‘Mania then that shouldn’t be put on the backburner.
Speaking of which, that appears to be exactly what has happened to the WWE Intercontinental Title feud between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. Ambrose is also in the World Title hunt at the moment, which means Owens has moved on to a distraction in the form of Dolph Ziggler. All of these issues must continue to be aired on the coming episode of Monday Night Raw.
In addition to those stories, WWE also have an interesting scenario developing with the Divas. »
- Jamie Kennedy
Credit where credit is due, officials at WWE do appear to be taking Smackdown more seriously these days. Obviously, Monday Night Raw is still the flagship show in the promotion, but the Thursday night show was awesome this past week. It’s a good sign that it was pretty difficult to find any negatives about the event, although they did exist.
In total, there were a whopping 7 matches on Smackdown, which is a huge number for the 2-hour show. Granted, a few of these were short affairs, but it’s still notable that there was a lot of actual wrestling for those who tuned in. That’s certainly something that’s to be advised at the moment, especially given the bumper bout WWE announced between Aj Styles and Chris Jericho for next week.
Joining that announcement, there was some cool interaction between the WWE Divas, although another pair »
- Jamie Kennedy
The report cites sources close to Bryan, indicating that the former WWE champion does not want to return in anything other than a wrestling role.
Bryan, who has been out since last spring with concussion-related injuries, was cleared by doctors at UCLA in January, but not by WWE or their medical director, Dr. Joseph Maroon. There is an indication that if Bryan refuses the non-wrestling role, it may hurt his chances of ever wrestling again in WWE, though that remains up in the air at this point anyway as a possibility.
Raw on Monday night emanates from KeyArena in Seattle, two hours from Bryan’s billed home of Aberdeen, Wa. If Daniel Bryan was to make »
- Justin Henry
If there’s one reason this episode of Raw will be burned into the memory of any old-school WWF fan, it’s the iconic dumpster ride segment, one of the more controversial and effective moments in the early days of Dx’s dominance.
It’s always fun to pore over these classic episodes for some very un-pc signs, hilarious indicators of the time, and of course, the insane, envelope-pushing storytelling that can only be the result of one man: Vince freaking Russo.
In addition, the build continues for the WWF’s inaugural No Way Out pay-per-view two weeks later (or as it was known then, No Way Out of Texas), and there’s further teasing for the Hbk/Stone Cold match at WrestleMania, a whole two months away from the date of this show.
Here are 26 Wtf moments from the February 2nd, 1998 episode of Raw…
26. Dx’s “Enormous Genitalia” WWE. »
- Jack Pooley
Last week, WWE had to be ecstatic when the television ratings came in, as the post Royal Rumble edition of the Monday night show drew the largest audience for the show in several months. This week, the reaction was presumably just the opposite, as the show’s viewership dropped by over 700,000 in comparison to the January 25th broadcast. WWE Raw this week averaged 3.383 million viewers this week, while last week’s episode averaged 4.098 million viewers.
The hourly breakdown this week was as follows:
First Hour: 3.592 million viewers
Second Hour: 3.464 million viewers
Third Hour: 3.094 million viewers
The trend of viewers tuning out throughout the show, which has been the case for months now, continued. This week, though, that trend really stood out with the third hour drawing 500,000 less viewers than the opening hour of the show. Furthermore, the third hour this week was watched by nearly 900,000 less viewers than the third hour last week. »
- Ryan Droste
Eva Marie returned to WWE Raw on Tuesday's episode of Total Divas. This was Eva's first time seeing the rest of the Divas since their falling out and she made it her mission to talk to the girls and try to make amends. But while some Divas were willing to move on, others found it hard to forgive and forget. So who did Eva Marie make amends with? Check out the Total Divas recap below to find out! Plus get the scoop on the other Omg moments from Tuesday's episode! 1. Eva Marie Apologizes to The Bella Twins: Eva returns to WWE Raw and wants to makes things right between herself and the rest of the Divas. She didn't leave on good terms with everyone, so Eva reaches »
In the inaugural edition of WrestleTalk’s new show, join Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis as he reviews the 2/1/2016 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes. Was the show any good? How did Aj Styles fare on Miz TV? And how are The Authority trying to drive a wedge between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns? Check out the video below.
And while you’re here, you might as well watch the latest episode of British Wrestling Weekly:
- Oli Davis
In many instances, it is the case that the journey is as exciting as the destination. Think back to some of the awesome things we’ve been presented with in past ‘Mania seasons, such as Cm Punk’s classic with John Cena in February 2013. That was quite possibly the best match ever to grace Raw, better than anything that went on at WrestleMania itself.
And it isn’t just great matches that make ‘Mania season so enjoyable, either, as there’s also a history of fantastic segments and major returns. Expect more of the same year this year, with several weeks of Raw still to come before WrestleMania 32.
10. The Undertaker Returns WWE.com
WWE always have to figure »
- Grahame Herbert
Bray Wyatt missed WWE Raw this week due to the ill health of his grandfather. He had been scheduled to be a big part of Raw, perhaps in a segment with Brock Lesnar, and his early departure resulted in the show being changed somewhat.
His grandfather is Bob “Blackjack Mulligan” Windham and he has been in rough shape for quite a while. The 73 year old was hospitalised last June, and the sudden departure of Wyatt suggests he’s taken a turn for the worst. Bray’s brother, Bo Dallas and their father Mike Rotunda, who works for WWE in a producer role also flew back from Birmingham to Tampa.
Lesnar did mention Wyatt in his opening promo, though, and that’s the clear direction for WrestleMania. If he had been there, it is reasonable to guess that they may have had an interaction or brawl this week. Instead, »
- Grahame Herbert
Going into 1990, the then-World Wrestling Federation was running on the fumes of the last vestiges of the Rock ‘n Wrestling Era, the days of Hulkamania slowly coming to an end. Faced with a number of damaging scandals, the WWF limped into the ill-conceived ‘New Generation’, in which Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Diesel led a motley crew of technicolor cartoon characters through watered-down programming. With the breakout of Stone Cold Steve Austin’s defiant act, the Attitude Era lay just beyond the muck, and would bring Vince McMahon’s empire back to global prominence.
It’s sometimes hard to fathom that these three eras could have possibly run concurrently, where Hulk Hogan’s fifth WWF Championship reign took place a mere four years before Austin bled out all over the Rosemont Horizon in an astonishing showcase. The 1990s saw the World Wrestling Federation take many forms, and »
- Justin Henry
Sign-pointing season is upon us, as WWE superstars will habitually and almost unconsciously point vigorously at a lit-up banner for WrestleMania Star (Xxxii for us traditionalists). But before we can get to WWE’s signature event, which takes place in nine weeks, we first have to contend with Fastlane in three weeks, a PPV that will (presumably) set the table for Mania’s main event and other matches.
Typically, the Royal Rumble would have established the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but WWE broke with 23 years of tradition this year and instead the Rumble was held as a world title defense. Thus, we still need a #1 contender for the championship (though it’s pretty obvious that former champ Roman Reigns is the guy going forward). Hence, our Fastlane main event of Reigns versus Dean Ambrose versus Brock Lesnar.
Although the main event is set, there still »
- Scott Carlson
Last week on Monday Night Raw, WWE followed up on the Royal Rumble with the revelation that Roman Reigns would face both Dean Ambrose and Brock Lesnar at Fast Lane. The entire purpose of the Triple Threat encounter is to reveal who will face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Title come WrestleMania 32. Most fans already realise it’s going to be Reigns.
It’s the only story that makes any real sense, and both Ambrose and Lesnar have their own separate issues to deal with right now. For Ambrose, he’s still embroiled in a feud over the WWE Intercontinental Title with Kevin Owens. Similarly, Brock Lesnar has a rivalry with Bray Wyatt to sink his teeth into, one that will likely lead to a one-on-one bout at ‘Mania.
The very nature of Lesnar’s contract suggests he’s not going to be there every week to hype up Fast Lane. »
- Jamie Kennedy
WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection, "Sleight," directed by Jd Dillard. Bh Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film. "Sleight", which premiered as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s Next section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and "street magic" in a tale set in Los »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Back when I used to be a huge wrestling fan, who would constantly watch the WWF (or now the WWE) whenever it was on. I still remember furiously trying to finish my homework before Monday Night Raw. However, as great as weekly wrestling was, it was the pay-per-view events that fans always looked forward to the most and none more than Wrestlemania, which was like Christmas come early for wrestling fans like myself. Nothing beat Wrestlemania, the electricity, the excitement, the energy of it all, and it always featured some of the most anticipated matches. Wrestlemania, simply put, was (and
The Five Best Wrestlemanias of All-Time »
- Chris King
In this round-up, we have details as well as several photos for Sideshow's T-45 collectible figure from the popular RPG video game Fallout 4. Also: acquisition details for Sleight, You're Killing Me release info and a Villainous teaser trailer.
Fallout 4 Figure: "Sideshow and Threezero are excited to announce the T-45 Fallout 4 Collectible Figure. The T-45 stands approximately 14.5 inches tall with incredible details and over 35 articulated parts. Featuring an interchangeable male head and helmet that includes Led light-up functions. All outer-armor pieces are detachable and weathered with incredible paint application based on the appearance in the video game."
The T-45 Fallout 4 figurine has a retail price of $380.00 and is expected to ship July 2016 - September 2016. To learn more, visit:
- Tamika Jones
In the lead-up to Smackdown’s move to the USA Network, World Wrestling Entertainment hyped on their official website that the switch in channel would be huge for the weekly program. Whilst it’s true that there does seem to be a little more emphasis on storyline development with the show, it’s still not quite on par with Monday Night Raw in the eyes of many fans.
Putting things another way, WWE haven’t yet been able to make Smackdown feel like essential programming. This is a problem that’s plagued the show for years, and simply must be rectified. One solution would be dropping Raw from 3 hours to 2, so that some of the content featured there can be saved for Smackdown. The company are loathe to do that however, due to the added TV revenue they glean from that third hour.
On this week’s show, »
- Jamie Kennedy
This week, we witnessed the debut of one of the most established pro wrestlers on the entire planet – Aj Styles.
And yes, Styles’ signing with the WWE may have been one of the worst-kept secrets in all of wrestling, but that didn’t make it any less impactful.
Entering at number 3, a brief moment of scepticism was soon replaced by thunderous applause as the 18-year veteran revealed himself, entering a WWE arena for the first time since turning down a WWE developmental contract some 14 years ago.
His performance at the Rumble was enough to have fans desperate to see more. And the very next night we got exactly that when Styles faced off against Chris Jericho on Monday Night Raw, in what can only be described as a wrestling fan’s dream.
But what other dream matches can we hope to see from Styles in the coming months? »
- Elliott Binks
Now, here's a press release: Park City, Ut (January 28th, 2016) - WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced today that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance film Sleight. Bh Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will leverage WWE®’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown®, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film. Part of this makes sense: Blumhouse Productions is a company that produces and distributes movies, usually horror and found-footage films budgeted under $10 million — though it also helped produce 2014 Best Picture nominee Whiplash. Part of this does not make sense: The WWE is the WWE. But you may have noticed over the last few years that "Superstars," as the WWE hilariously refers to its talent, have appeared in »
- Kevin Lincoln
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