Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Audio: The Hard Way Episode 16 Archived

The Hard Way returns with reaction to the Jerry Lawler situation, News from the past week & Night Of Champions predictions. All this & more brought to you only as The Hard Way can #Loud&Uncut

The archive can be found HERE
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TV Rating For WWE Raw 9/10/12

As reported earlier, the 9/10 episode of WWE RAW did a 2.89 cable rating with 4.15 million viewers. In the segment breakdown, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. The Miz and Antonio Cesaro lost 426,000 viewers from the opener. The deposition video with Sheamus and David Otunga gained 403,000 viewers, which is good for the first hour. Eve Torres, Kaitlyn and Layla vs. Alicia Fox, Natalya and Beth Phoenix lost 145,000 viewers. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton gained 555,000 viewers at 9pm. The tag match with Punk and Dolph Ziggler vs. Orton and Jerry Lawler gained 7,000 viewers. Kane and Daniel Bryan backstage with Dr. Shelby plus Ryback vs. Heath Slater lost 247,000 viewers. Kane and Bryan vs. Titus O'Neil and Darren Young gained 164,000 viewers for a 3.08 quarter rating, a lackluster growth for the 10pm timeslot. Tyson Kidd vs. Alberto Del Rio and David Otunga vs. Sheamus gained 38,000 viewers. Booker T and AJ Lee on stage plus backstage segments and Michael Cole updating us on Jerry Lawler lost 342,000 viewers. Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes gained 33,000 viewers. The final segment with Bret Hart, John Cena and CM Punk gained 407,000 viewers for a 3.11 overrun rating.
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WWE Removes Sabu Videos From YouTube

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE's legal team recently went on a tear removing videos from YouTube due to them bring copyrighted material. Most of the videos were of Sabu from the original ECW. However, they inadvertently had many videos of Sabu working independent shows removed also.
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News On CM Punk And Paul Heyman

According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the decision to put Paul Heyman and CM Punk together actually came together within the past few weeks. Officials wanted something to put Punk over the top as the top heel where he wouldn't end up getting cheered by the fans.
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Backstage News On Ryback

While Ryback is still doing squash matches on WWE TV, officials are having him work 10-15 minute matches at live events so he can polish up on his in-ring skills according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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News On Current Raw/Smackdown General Manager Storylines

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

As seen on RAW, AJ Lee overruled Booker T's #1 contenders match from last Friday's SmackDown by putting Kane and Daniel Bryan into a tag team and having them wrestle for the #1 contendership. The two have traded shots on Twitter and this is all part of the current General Managers storyline that we've been reporting on. There's speculation now that it will end at Survivor Series.<br />

The plan has been for both General Managers to keep having issues come up until Vince McMahon returns to fire them both and name a new person to oversee both RAW and SmackDown. The internal rumor is  that Ric Flair may be brought in for that role.

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Update On Jerry Lawler- Confirmed He Has No Brain Damage

(WMC-TV) - Friends, family, and fans have been on pins and needles awaiting Jerry "The King" Lawler's CT scan results. According to Joe Cooper, who is Lawler's best friend and business partner, the results are in.

Cooper says Lawler does not have brain damage as a result of his heart attack Monday night.

The wrestling icon has been stabilized in a Montreal hospital.  Family members tell us he is heavily sedated after having heart surgery Tuesday, but he is responding to them and is even squeezing his girlfriend's hand.

While several of his loved ones have already made it across the border, others have been delayed as they try to obtain a passport.

His ex-wife and former WWE diva Stacy Carter has been keeping loyal fans updated on Facebook.

Just after 7 o'clock Tuesday, her status update revealed a concern for brain damage.

This comes after Lawler is said to have gone through an angioplasty procedure earlier Tuesday. Lawler and his girlfriend, Lauryn, were just together in Aruba. The two only returned to Memphis Sunday. Lawler had a fast turnaround flying out the next morning, the day of his heart attack, for Montreal.

His son Brian, also a pro-wrestler, has made it to Canada and is posting on his father's Facebook page.

"He was shocked a total of seven times at the arena and underwent a balloon stint to open up a clogged artery when he arrived at hospital," his son posted on Facebook. "Everyone out there needs to say a special prayer for his brain at this point, please."

It reportedly took 15 minutes for paramedics to resuscitate the wrestler.

Lawler is a Memphis legend with a world-wide fan base. Within seconds of his heart attack, which was caught on live TV during WWE Monday night RAW, the hash tag #prayforlawler was in full force.

The world-wide concern has been overwhelming for Lawler's loved ones. The WWE update story has been liked over 12,000 times on Facebook and tweeted over 1,500 times.


Jerry "The King" Lawler is making tremendous progress after suffering a heart attack earlier this week ... and is now awake, alert and responsive ... this according to Lawler's son.

TMZ spoke with Kevin Lawler ... who tells us, "[Jerry] is hooked up to tubes and is still not able to speak … but he's writing stuff on a notepad to talk to people."

"Not just brief notes, but detailed stories which show he knows where he is and what is going on.”

Kevin says the family was concerned about brain damage because Jerry wasn't breathing for several minutes after suffering the heart attack ... but doctors say so far, it appears Lawler's brain is fine.

As we previously reported, 62-year-old Lawler suffered the heart attack on live TV on Sept. 10 during a taping of "Monday Night Raw" in Montreal.

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*Spoiler* Results For WWE Smackdown 9/14/12


Smackdown opened with Alberto Del Rio, Ricardo and David Otunga coming out to complain about Sheamus hurting Otunga (now in a neck brace) and using the Brogue Kick. Daniel Bryan came out and claimed he only lost at Wrestlemania because of an illegal kick. This all lead to Sheamus hitting the ring and laying out Otunga again as Del Rio escaped. Sheamus challenged Bryan to a bout later.

*Sin Cara pinned WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz in a non-title bout to set up a PPV bout.

*Kane pinned WWE Tag Team champiom Kofi Kingston with a chokeslam.

*Randy Orton defeated Tensai with the RKO.

*Kaitlyn defeated Beth Phoenix.

*Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan with the Texas Cloverleaf.

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