Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Rumored Elimination Chamber Participants, NXT Star Earns Title Shot (Videos), TM-61 Returns (Video)

- Roderick Strong defeated Tyler Bate on tonight's WWE NXT episode to become the new #1 contender to WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne.

NXT Results - Jan 31, 2018

Last Saturday night, at Takeover, we saw some new faces in addition to the five matches on the show. We also saw the return of Tommaso Ciampa after Johnny Gargano's attempt to take the NXT Title from Andrade Almas. What happens as we move on the Road to the next Takeover special in New Orleans?

WrestleMania 35 Rumored Location, Brock Lesnar Defending Title At WWE Live Event, Fans On The Yep! Movement

- WWE has a new poll asking fans if the "Yep! Movement" will survive the match between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens on next week's SmackDown. As noted, the winner will go on to face WWE Champion AJ Styles in the main event of the Fastlane pay-per-view in March.

WWE On Drake Maverick's Past, The Undertaker & Kane Together For First Time Outside Of WWE, Ric Flair - Bobby Roode Photo

Drake Maverick (Rockstar Spud)
- WWE did not mention how WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick (Rockstar Spud) has worked for other promotions but they did note that he's dedicated his life & career to cruiserweight competition. They wrote the following on his debut:

Impact Executives On Bobby Lashley's Future, Jeremy Borash Leaving For WWE, EC3's WWE Return

Impact Wrestling President Ed Nordholm recently joined Executive Vice Presidents Don Callis & Scott D'Amore for an interview with Newsweek. Nordholm confirmed that Jeremy Borash has left the company for WWE. Below are highlights from the interview:

Dixie Carter On Rockstar Spud's WWE Debut, Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch Post MMC Video, Zack Ryder Frustrated Over Losing Again

- Below is video of Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch talking to Charly Caruso after their WWE Mixed Match Challenge loss to Braun Strowman and RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss.

Possible Plans for Finn Balor's Next Program

As seen on this week’s episode of RAW, Finn Balor lost an opportunity to compete in the Elimination Chamber next month after John Cena defeated him in the main event of Monday’s show.

Details on Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey's Next WWE Appearances

Both Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey are not expected to return to WWE programming until sometime after the February 25th Elimination Chamber event, despite them being two key figures in this year’s Road to WrestleMania.

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable, Hideo Itami On Roderick Strong's WWE 205 Live Debut, Full Drake Maverick WWE Debut Video

- Below is video of Cathy Kelley talking to Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin after their win over Breezango on this week's SmackDown.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Cruiserweight Title Tournament Updates, Rusev Vs. Bobby Roode, Rockstar Spud On Debuting With WWE

- TJP and Cedric Alexander have advanced to the second round of the WWE Cruiserweight Title tournament. TJP defeated Tyler Bate while Cedric defeated Gran Metalik in first-round matches on tonight's WWE 205 Live episode.

WWE 205 Live Results - Jan 30, 2018

Daniel Bryan makes his way to the stage and he is joined by the man formerly known as Rockstar Spud.

Rockstar Spud Debuts As WWE 205 Live General Manager And Reveals Status Of Cruiserweight Title

It was announced on tonight's WWE 205 Live episode that the new General Manager for the brand will be former Impact star Rockstar Spud. His new name in WWE will be Drake Maverick, which was booed by fans during the on-stage reveal with SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge: Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss Vs. Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch

Tonight's match-up sees two intriguing teams go at it to advance to the second round of the inaugural tournament. Braun Strowman and his much more petite partner Alexa Bliss will face Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch.

WWE Announces Match To Determine Fastlane Main Event, Title Match On Next Week's SmackDown

Next week's WWE SmackDown in Kansas City will feature Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens to crown a new #1 contender to the WWE Title. The winner will go on to face WWE Champion AJ Styles in the main event of the March 11th WWE Fastlane pay-per-view from Columbus, Ohio, which will be the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 34.

WWE Smackdown Results - Jan 30, 2018

Royal Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring to open the show. Nakamura says at the Royal Rumble, Sami Zayn... knee to the face. John Cena... knee to the face. Roman Reigns... knee to the face. At Wrestlemania, AJ Styles... knee to the face. New WWE Champion.

Backstage News On WWE Hiring Jeremy Borash, What His Role Might Be With The Company

PWInsider is reporting longtime Impact Wrestling employee Jeremy Borash will be working with NXT and the WWE developmental system once he starts working for the company.

Zack Ryder Needs A Win Tonight (Video), Shane Helms On His Royal Rumble Return, RAW Viewership

- As noted, tonight's WWE SmackDown will feature a Fatal 4 Way to crown a new #1 contender to WWE United States Champion Bobby Roode, featuring Zack Ryder vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rusev. Below is video of Ryder backstage at the arena for tonight's show.

Rey Mysterio Interest Vs. Ronda Rousey Interest, WWE On Daniel Bryan's New Ranking System, RAW Top 10

- Below are the top 10 moments from last night's WWE RAW in Philadelphia.

Seth Rollins On If There Is Real Animosity With Finn Balor, Curb Stomp Returning, Face Vs. Heel

Seth Rollins was interviewed by The Des Moines Register to promote next Monday's RAW in the city. Below are some highlights:

Daniel Bryan Announces WWE SmackDown Top 10 List Voted On By Blue Brand Stars

As seen in the video below, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan has announced a new SmackDown Top 10 List that will be voted on by the blue brand Superstars. It looks like the first list will be released soon after they vote this week, presumably on tonight's SmackDown episode.

Zack Ryder On Being Left Out Of The Rumble, Dudleyz Respond To WWE HOF Announcement, Men's Chamber Poll

- WWE has a new poll asking fans who is the early favorite to win the men's Elimination Chamber out of the three Superstars who have qualified. As of this writing, 59% voted for Braun Strowman while 33% voted for John Cena and 8% voted for Elias.

BREAKING: WWE Hire Impact's Jeremy Borash

WWE has hired longtime Impact Wrestling employee Jeremy Borash, according to PWInsider. Borash has given his notice to Impact and is done with the company.

Preview For Tonight's WWE SmackDown, MMC And 205 Live - Fatal 4 Way, New GM, Royal Rumble Fallout, More

Tonight's WWE SmackDown, WWE Mixed Match Challenge and WWE 205 Live will take place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with more Royal Rumble Fallout.

Adam Cole Considered For Bobby Roode's Open Challenge, Elias On Walking To WrestleMania 34 (Video)

WWE Elias
- As noted, Elias defeated Matt Hardy on last night's WWE RAW to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match. Above is video of Mike Rome getting post-match comments from Elias, who says he's walked down many roads in his life but now he's walking the road to WrestleMania 34 and the only thing in his way is the Elimination Chamber.

John Cena Sings After RAW Goes Off Air (Video), Bayley On Women's Elimination Chamber, Ronda Rousey

- Below is video of Bayley talking to Mike Rome backstage at last night's RAW in Philadelphia. Bayley says the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber is pretty cool but she's still riding high off the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match on Sunday, which didn't work out as she planned.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Update On Kane Following Attack By Braun Strowman, Elimination Chamber Participants, Smackdown Opening Segment

- Tomorrow's WWE SmackDown episode will feature men's Royal Rumble match winner Shinsuke Nakamura in the opening segment.

- Tonight's post-Royal Rumble RAW saw three Superstars qualify for the WWE Elimination Chamber match - John Cena defeated Finn Balor, Elias

WWE RAW Results - Jan 29, 2018

WWE RAW Opener:

Last night at the Royal Rumble, Asuka's moment as the first Women's Royal Rumble winner was overshadowed by the debut of Ronda Rousey as a member of the WWE.

Title Match Revealed For Tonight's WWE RAW, AJ Styles Cuts Promo Tweet For WrestleMania Match

- WWE Champion AJ Styles tweeted the following on his WrestleMania 34 match against Rumble winner Shinsuke Nakamura:

Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches Announced For Tonight's WWE RAW

WWE posted the following video with Kurt Angle confirming tonight’s episode of WWE RAW will feature Elimination Chamber qualifying matches in an effort to determine the WWE Universal Championship challenger at Wrestlemania 34.

Rumor Killer on Brock Lesnar Throwing Shoot Punches at Braun Strowman During Their Match At WWE Royal Rumble

Many are speculating that Brock Lesnar may have been delivering legitimate punches to Braun Strowman’s head during the WWE Universal Title match at Sunday’s Royal Rumble event.

Jonathan Coachman Talks WWE Return & Future (Video)

As noted, Jonathan Coachman has signed a new WWE contract and will be joining Corey Graves & Michael Cole on the RAW announce team each week, replacing Booker T. Booker will continue to appear for Kickoff panels, special RAW appearances and as a WWE Ambassador. Below is video of Mike Rome talking to Coach at tonight's RAW in Philadelphia.

Backstage Updates On Rey Mysterio's WWE Future And What's Preventing A Deal

As noted, Rey Mysterio returned to WWE TV in the men's Royal Rumble match on Sunday under a one-time deal. It was noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that the appearance could definitely end up being more dates but Rey is not going to work a full schedule.

Backstage Rumble Notes, D-Von Dudley On Getting The WWE HOF Call, Backstage Names at The Rumble

- Below is video of Cathy Kelley looking at The Dudley Boyz going into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 34 Week in New Orleans. They join Bill Goldberg as the first confirmed names for this year's induction ceremony.

Samoa Joe Injury Update, Andrade Almas On His Big Weekend, Two More Possible Names For 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame Class

- As noted, Samoa Joe appeared on the WWE NXT "Takeover: Philadelphia" pre-show on Saturday night. Joe noted that he is healing strong and quickly but he was not ready to get back into the ring. Joe suffered a right foot injury during the January 8th RAW win over Rhyno and it looks like he will be out of action until at least mid-March.

The Dudleyz On Their Legacy In Wrestling, The 3D Getting Them Over, When They Finally Made It To WWE

As noted, WWE has announced The Dudley Boyz for the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame Class. Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley spoke with CBS Sports about the honor at this link. Below are highlights:

The Dudley Boyz Announced For The WWE Hall Of Fame

WWE has announced that The Dudley Boyz, Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley, will be going into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Backstage News On Original Plans For U.S. Open Challenge At The Royal Rumble

Dolph Ziggler was originally scheduled to answer Bobby Roode's open challenge at the WWE Royal Rumble last night, according to PWInsider.

Men's Royal Rumble Match Stats

The WWE website notes that the 2018 men's Royal Rumble match went 1 hour 5 minutes and 2 seconds. Nakamura's win came after a 44 minute and 38 second performance. Finn Balor had the longest outing with 57 minutes and 38 seconds.

Jonathan Coachman Signs New WWE Deal, Big Change To The RAW Announce Team Revealed

WWE has announced that Jonathan Coachman signed a new deal to return to the company. He will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves as the new RAW announce team beginning tonight in Philadelphia.

News For Tonight's WWE RAW - Royal Rumble Fallout, Ronda Rousey Appearing?, John Cena, The Miz, More

Tonight's WWE RAW will take place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia with the fallout from Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Adam Cole On The Undisputed Era In All Of WWE (Video), Mandy Rose On Her Rumble History, Bob Holly

- Below is video of Cathy Kelley talking to Adam Cole with WWE NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish after Cole's surprise Royal Rumble appearance on Sunday.

Backstage News On Rey Mysterio's WWE Status, Charlotte Flair On Ronda Rousey, Andrade Almas Video

- Below is video of Charly Caruso talking to Zelina Vega and WWE NXT Champion Andrade "Cien" Almas after his surprise Royal Rumble appearance, which just came one night after he retained over Johnny Gargano in the "Takeover: Philadelphia" main event.

Hurricane On His WWE Return (Video), WWE Bosses React To Royal Rumble Matches, Road To WrestleMania

- Below is video of Charly Caruso talking to "The Hurricane" Shane Helms after his quick Royal Rumble appearance on Sunday. Helms says the WWE Universe spoke to him again and as soon as the music hit, the signal went up and it said stand back as the Universe knew a hurricane was coming.

Ronda Rousey Post-Royal Rumble Video, New Rumble Record Set?, AJ Styles On Facing Shinsuke Nakamura

- Ronda Rousey returned to the ringside area after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view went off the air and greeted fans who were hanging around. Video from the post-show segment is below:

Ronda Rousey WWE Photoshoot Video, Rey Mysterio On His Rumble Return (Video), Sheamus On Title Win

- Below is video of Rey Mysterio talking to Cathy Kelley after his return in the 30-man Royal Rumble match on Sunday. Rey says it was awesome to hear the WWE Universe react to his return and he's truly blessed to come back and realize that the fans and WWE family hasn't forgot about him.

Shinsuke Nakamura on Why He Chose AJ Styles, AJ Styles On Nakamura, New Record For Heath Slater?

- Below is video of Heath Slater after his WWE Royal Rumble appearance. Slater says he eliminated Sheamus in 0.8 seconds, beating the previous 1 second record set by Kane and Santino Marella. Rhyno joins the interview and gives Slater props for showing a side he's never seen before. Rhyno says Slater never gave up and that's what matters.

Shinsuke Nakamura Reacts on Royal Rumble Win, Rumble Attendance, Royal Rumble Opening Video

- Below is the opening video package used for the 2018 WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

AJ Styles Responds To Nakamura's Wrestlemania Challenge, Rey Mysterio's WWE Status, The Usos Are Getting Gritty In Philly (Video)

- AJ Styles successfully defended his title over Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble PPV opening contest.

Following the men’s Royal Rumble match that was won by Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles posted the following response:

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Men's Match Orders Of Entry And Elimination

Shinsuke Nakamura won tonight's 30-man Royal Rumble match in Philadelphia and will now go on to face WWE Champion AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34.

Below are orders of entry and elimination for the match:

WWE Royal Rumble Results - Jan 28, 2018

WWE Royal Rumble Results
Pre-Show:

The 2018 WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff pre-show opens with Renee Young, David Otunga, Peter Rosenberg and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler inside an empty Wells Fargo Center.