Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Posted by Chris Kelly on 5:08 PM
Belton, TX will host the IMPACT WRESTLING World Tour on Thursday, June 14 at the Bell County Expo Center at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 4 at http://bellcountyexpo.com and charge by phone at 512-477-6060. Fans that purchase a $50 ticket will receive a special meet and greet with IMPACT WRESTLING Superstars at 5:30pm (redeemable with ticket the night of the show). Appearing live and in person will be Jeff Hardy, Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle, Mr. Anderson, the Knockouts and more! Go to http://prowrestlingevents.tk for info about upcoming shows worldwide.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 5:08 PM
The WWE Raw Supershow on Monday, July 16th, 2012 will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, a venue that hosts UFC events on a regular basis. Go to http://prowrestlingevents.webs.com/unitedstates.htm for info about upcoming shows in the US
Posted by Chris Kelly on 9:14 AM
Paul Heyman tweeted the following: I've had a ton of people ask me about #ExtremeReunion... and I haven't said a word about it. Not a word in advance. And certainly nothing to say about it now. I didn't comment on TNA's Hardcore Justice in advance, nor after the show, either. Nothing to say about that, either. I chose not to participate in either show, or any other attempt to re-live #ECW, so I don't feel it would be right 4 me to comment on it." "If you're involved, speak your mind. If you take a pass on something, STFU. Just another voice bitching with the rest. #NotMyStyle I haven't done any conventions. No shoot tapes. No paid autograph signings. Nothing wrong with 'em. Just #NotMyStyle So ... I have kept my mouth shut about #ExtremeReunion. I wasn't there, so who am I to say anything?"
Posted by Chris Kelly on 12:54 AM
Credit:ProWrestling.net Lilian introduced World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who cut a brief promo to start the show. Sheamus said he loves to fight (a promo straight out of Finlay's playbook) so when Daniel Bryan asked for a rematch he simply answered "YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!" [Cue loud "YES!" chants from the Toledo crowd.] Out came Daniel Bryan. Sheamus continued "YESing" through Bryan's entrance. Doesn't look like we're getting the main event that was advertised last night. 1. Sheamus and Daniel Bryan fought to an apparent no-contest. Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez interfered to cause the finish. Ricardo hit a (from my vantage-point) picture-perfect cross body on Sheamus followed by a kick from ADR. Bryan then locked Sheamus in the Yes! Lock before being pulled off by Scott Armstrong and Chad Patton. Daniel Bryan then argued with ADR and Rich Rod, almost coming to blows. Backstage, the WWE medical staff evaluated Sheamus. 2. WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defeated Hunico and Canacho. Primo, Epico and Rosa (accompanied by AW) were out before the bell to watch the match. They "scouted" from chairs that were set up on the ramp. 3. Brodus Clay defeated Jack Swagger (w/Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero) via DQ when Ziggler interfered. Ziggler took what looked like a hellacious bump from Brodus's running headbutt on the outside apron by the announce table. Dolph, again, sells like a champ. I'm interested to see how that looks on TV. Clay cleared the ring of Ziggler/Swagger following the interference and danced w/five kids in the ring (JYD-style) after the match. Nice touch. The advertised main event for the night was now Randy Orton and Big Show vs. Kane and Cody Rhodes. The same Extreme Rules video package from last night was shown, modified slightly to include the final segment from last night's Raw with John Cena and John Laurinaitis. Eve was involved in a backstage segment with Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio. Nothing notable here. Damien Sandow was shown walking down the hallway while piano music played in the background. He debuts next. [EDIT: Maybe not.] Derrick Bateman got a jobber entrance. Sandow entered to Hanel's classical music piece "Hallelujah." Funny stuff. He responded to a "WHAT?" crowd chant with "Thank you for your irrelevant contribution." He said he wouldn't indulge the WWE Universe or Bateman (whom he called a "miscreant") with a match. Sandow left. "You're welcome." Bateman demanded an opponent nonetheless. He got one...it was Ryback. 4. Ryback defeated Derrick Bateman in a total squash. 5. Randy Orton and Big Show defeated Kane and U.S. Champion Cody Rhodes. Backstage, Matt Striker caught up with Sheamus, who sported a heavily-taped shoulder and said he "came here to fight." Striker concluded that it looks like they'll have their match after all. Vickie Guerrero re-emerged with Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler. Swagger demanded a rematch from Clay, saying nobody could beat him twice in one night. Looks like they're re-taping this one. 6. Brodus Clay defeated Jack Swagger via countout. Much shorter match than the first. Ziggler's bump in this match was less impactful, taking a forearm from big Brodus. No kids into the ring to dance post-match this time. Expect a lot of post-production if this version of the match is used. The crowd was understandably bored seeing this the second time around. Natalya came out for the jobber entrance. 7. WWE Divas Champion Layla defeated Natalya. Layla won in less than a couple of minutes. Backstage, Eve directed the publicity photo shoot for Antonio Cesaro and Aksana and said something was missing. She said Cesaro looked too "dry" and asked for him to be oiled up. She told a staffer lady not to do it, instead demanding that Teddy apply the oil. He resisted at first, but after being told by Eve that he hadn't done anything all day, he gave in and rubbed down Cesaro. I'm disappointed I didn't get to see the former Claudio Castagnoli in action. After the break, Kaitlyn told AJ she needed to stop having a pity party for herself. AJ delivered a hard slap to Kaitlyn that floored her. Ricardo Rodriguez introduced Alberto Del Rio from the stage; ADR drove out in a fancy car. He is sitting in on commentary for the main event. 8. Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan to retain the World Hvt. Championship. Sheamus threw Bryan into ADR, knocking him through the ropes. While Sheamus was distracted by ADR and Rich Rod trying to regain their composure, Bryan snuck up to the top rope. He leapt into a Brogue kick and Sheamus covered him for the victory. This concluded the Smackdown taping.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 12:48 AM
Credit:PWInsider The 4/30 edition of Raw did a 3.3 rating, with 4,880,000 viewers. The show did hours of 3.41 and 3.27. Hour one did 223,000 more viewers than hour two
Posted by Chris Kelly on 12:46 AM
Credit:PWInsider *TNA champion Bobby Roode promo to open the show. He brags he will soon break the records and become the long reigning TNA champion of all time. Rob Van Dam, Ken Anderson and Jeff Hardy come out. Hulk Hogan announces a 4-Way Match with the winner earning something if they win. Anderson and Hardy would take RVD's title shot if they win. If Roode wins then he chooses his opponent at Sacrifice. If RVD wins, then he gets to pick the stipulation for Sacrifice. *-Brooke Tessmacher defeated Velvet Sky but was laid out by Gail Kim. *Matt Morgan was laid out on the way to the ring against Crimson by Bully Ray and was carried out. Crimson had the referee count Morgan out. *TNA X-Division champion Austin Aries defeated Zema Ion, *Kazarian and Daniels revealed their secret, which were photos of AJ Styles making out with Dixie Carter. Styles, who came out during the segment, was shocked. *TNA TV champion Devon beat Robbie E. *Joseph Park confronted Billy Ray but was punched and laid out. *Rob Van Dam defeated Bobby Roode, Mr. Anderson and Jeff Hardy in a Four Way, then posed on top of a ladder, so we are getting a ladder match. Abyss emerged on the stage and cut a promo, announcing his return.
Posted by Chris Kelly on 12:43 AM
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the recent news regarding Brock Lesnar's tantrum backstage after Extreme Rules was partly a work. The idea was to convince people that Cena going over was the right decision. Lesnar was upset about the finish, but "some, if not most" of the situation was not entirely legitimate. WWE tried to have word leak out on Monday that Lesnar had quit the company, likely to get the "dirt sheets" reporting it so people would be surprised when Lesnar showed up on RAW. However, by the time that this was going on, it was already out there that Lesnar was at the arena and going to be at RAW.