Thursday, March 31, 2011

TRISH STRATUS TALKS ABOUT LAYCOOL

Trish Stratus is featured in a new interview with Diva-Dirt.com where she talks about WrestleMania 27, Tough Enough and more. Regarding working with Layla and Michelle McCool, she said:


“The opportunity came up to work with LayCool, which I’m so excited about. I mean they’ve done such great work, people love to hate them. As a fan, I’ve sat back and I’ve watched, especially Layla , watched them grow into great workers. They’ve put in the work to develop their characters.”

*SPOILER* TRIPLE H TO LOSE AT WRESTLEMANIA?

 In WWE’s new DX DVD that comes out a few days after WrestleMania, there is a segment where Triple H and Shawn Michaels make fun of each other for losing to The Undertaker. Triple H noted that Taker always beat Shawn and when Shawn responded that Taker beat Triple H too, Triple H acted as if it’s something he’s tried to forget. While they don’t mention WrestleMania in the conversation, the impression given is that they were talking about the match at WrestleMania 27, not their previous match.

RAW RATINGS 3/28

This past Monday’s RAW scored a 3.84 cable rating with an average of 5.89 million viewers. This was the most viewers for RAW since the June 29th, 2009 episode. In addition, the 4.77 final overrun segment was the highest rated quarter since June 22nd, 2009, the commercial-free RAW. RAW’s peak this week with 7.31 million viewers was the first segment on RAW to break 7 million in almost two years.


In a segment breakdown, Edge and Christian vs. Brodus Clay and Alberto Del Rio gained 3,000 viewers from the opener with CM Punk. The video for Triple H and Undertaker lost 73,000 viewers while Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella gained 283,000 viewers. The segment with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker gained 1,346,000 viewers, making the rating go from 3.5 to 4.5 in the Males 18-49 demographic and from 4.5 to 5.4 in the teenagers demo.


Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger lost 1,449,000 viewers, making it one of the worst segments as far as losing viewers goes in years. The same thing happened with Sheamus and Daniel Bryan a few weeks ago – fans tune in to see a major angle, in this case the one with HHH-Taker-HBK, and then tune out once the major angle is over.


The match with Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan and John Morrison lost 32,000 more viewers but the Road Warriors Hall of Fame video and the angle with Snooki, Layla, Michelle McCool and Trish Stratus at a bar gained 255,000 viewers. The final segment with The Rock, John Cena and The Miz gained 1,539,000 viewers, which is one of the biggest gains in several years.

NEW POSTER OF EXTREME RULES PPV

New poster of WWE Extreme Rules PPV featuring John Cena, earlier it was released featuring CM Punk. Below is the poster of Extreme Rules:

SNOOKI ON HER TRAINING WITH WWE, WHY SHE STOPPED WATCHING IT

 The Hollywood Reporter had an article up yesterday about how Snooki was boo’d at the WrestleMania 27 press conference in New York City. Regarding her training for WrestleMania, she said: “It kind of came naturally to me. I did gymnastics for eight years, and I have been cheerleading since middle school … I am going to rehearse this weekend for Mania and will incorporate my gymnastics skills.”


Snooki also said she used to watch WWE because she thought a former star was attractive but stopped watching. She said: “When they gave me this opportunity, I started watching it again to see what I would do and what’s happening,. And I really enjoyed it.”

NEWS FROM WRESTLEMANIA PRESS CONFERENCE

Vince McMahon did not appear at the WrestleMania 27 press conference in New York City this morning, something he usually takes part in. A reader in attendance noted that John Cena was hit with lots of "Cena sucks" and "same old shit" chants from the crowd while The Rock received a huge reaction. Snooki asked to take a photo with both Rock and Cena, which led to the two facing off. 

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH SPOILERS

Here are some spoilers from the first episode of WWE Tough Enough: 


* The show begins with Steve Austin having the contestants setup an empty arena for a WWE event. The next day, the contestants begin their training with Trish Stratus, Booker T and Bill DeMott. 


* The first beef on the show in the house happens between Miss USA Rima Fakih and New Jersey wrestler Mickael Zaki. Zaki talks about how women shouldn't be on the show and then catches heat for his sexist comments. Zaki throws a pillow at Miss USA. She responded by telling him off and storming out of the room. Zaki appears to be the bad guy on the show. 


* The article teases that one of the contestants "craps their pants" during in-ring training on an episode. 

CHRIS JERICHO THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND

Chris Jericho has made it through the first round of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. He wrote the following on Twitter: "Made it through the first round! Thanks to Cheryl Burke and too all of you who voted for Team Chericho! Now the real contest has begun…" 

TRIPLE H ADVERTISED FOR SMACKDOWN

Triple H is being advertised for next week's Friday Night SmackDown from the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. The advertised dark main event that night is Alberto Del Rio and The Corre vs. The Undertaker, Edge, Christian, Big Show and Rey Mysterio. 

HBK AT RINGSIDE FOR HHH VS UNDERTAKER MATCH, FINLAY REMOVED

Sources say, Shawn Michaels will be at the ringside for Undertaker vs Triple H match. It is not yet confirmed that he will be involved or not.


WWE removed Finlay from their roster page, earlier it was said that Finlay is released from WWE

ROAD WARRIOR ANIMAL TALKS ABOUT HALL OF FAME

Road Warrior Animal appeared on Right After Wrestling this week and had the following to say about The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering going into the WWE Hall of Fame this year: 


"Well you know how it is. Jealousy is the greatest equalizer (in our business) sometimes. Guys who don’t get invited to it…it’s just jealousy. You look at the path people take in this business, and I knew it was going to be sooner-or-later." 


Animal also revealed that WWE is still working on a physical building for the Hall of Fame in Florida. He said: 


"WWE is looking at a big building in Tampa. I’m gonna donate some of my gear there – maybe some of my spiked-shoulder pads will go in the Hall. They’re getting stuff from everybody. And it’s gonna be an attraction – some place where fans can go. It’s gonna be like the pro-football hall of fame." 

WHICH MATCH TO CLOSE WRESTLEMANIA 27?

There have been discussions all week about whether to close Sunday's WrestleMania XXVII pay-per-view event with John Cena vs. The Miz or Triple H vs. The Undertaker. The latter match was scheduled to close the show last week, but Vince McMahon is going back and forth this week on what to do. 

WRESTLEMANIA WEEK KICKS OFF

"WrestleMania Week" kicked off today in Atlanta, Georgia as Turner Field hosted "WWE Night." WWE talent John Morrison, Mark Henry, Eve and Melina participated in an autograph signing prior to an Atlanta Braves spring training game. 


Morrison was named honorary team captain while Henry tossed the "first pitch of the year." The Divas exclaimed "Play ball!" to start the game. 


The signing drew approximately 100 fans. 

TRIPLE H TO INDUCT SHAWN MICHAELS AT WWE HALL OF FAME

It was revealed at today's WrestleMania XXVII press conference in New York's Hard Rock CafĂ© that Triple H would be inducting Shawn Michaels into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday in Atlanta, Georgia. 


Triple H was introduced by Stephanie McMahon, the event's presenter. He kissed her upon his entrance and announced that he would be inducting Michaels, his friend, into the WWE Hall of Fame. He then vowed to end The Undertaker's undefeated WrestleMania streak on Sunday. 


Michaels said recently in interviews that he narrowed the list down to two candidates to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame. 


The WWE Hall of Fame Induction ceremony airs this Monday prior to Raw on the USA Network. 

JOHN CENA TO GRANT 200 WISHES

WWE will be bringing 30 Make-A-Wish kids to WrestleMania 27. A party will be held for the kids with John Cena and other Superstars & Divas. Cena will be honored at the party for surpassing 200 wishes granted. Cena joins Hulk Hogan along with NASCAR stars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon as the only celebrities to reach 200 wishes. 

WWE UNHAPPY WITH SNOOK SEGMENT ON RAW

The footage of Snooki, Trish Stratus, Layla and Michelle McCool in a bar that aired on RAW this past Monday was not what WWE had originally hoped for. They decided to air the best parts of the footage they filmed at the bar. The filming was delayed after Snooki showed up several hours late to the shoot. 


On a related note, the man who was hitting on Snooki and Trish in the bar is a local independent wrestler who often wrestles as the "brother" of TNA star Robbie E. 

ROCK ON NOT BEING PG

The Rock responded to Twitter followers who said his act on WWE Raw isn't PG. "Yes, I agree (with) some of you...me saying 'sumbitches and candy asses' on Raw isn't PG," Rock wrote. "But remember...when it's Rock Raw...it ain't ever PG."

SHEAMUS TALKS ABOUT HIS MATCH, BEING US CHAMP

 WWE United States Champion Sheamus recently spoke with IrishCentral.com to promote WrestleMania 27. Here are some highlights: 


His WrestleMania match with Daniel Bryan: 
"I want people walking away from Wrestlemania talking about our match. I’m representing Ireland again, I’m the champion of the United States of America and there are going to be some great matches, but I’m going to give everything I have to steal the show at Wrestlemania. I’m an Irishman who came up from a small little country, followed his dream and now I hold the title." 


Being US Champion: 
"Being the U.S. champion is a big deal for me. Knowing that my ancestors built this country, it’s kind of like, the Irish were treated badly in this country for a long time, with a lot of tacky Irish stereotypes, so to me it’s kind of like a bragging right. I’m enjoying shoving it down people’s throats that an Irish guy is their champion." 


His WWE career: 
"I’m not happy until I’m going forward and accomplishing goals. I’m going to my second Wrestlemania, and from there I just want to keep taking leaps and bounds until I become one of the greatest ever. I can’t complain right now, I’m enjoying myself, the matches are great and I’m making a name for myself. I keep building that Celtic Warrior brand." 

KEVIN NASH TALKS ABOUT HIS FUTURE, WRESTLEMANIA 27

 Kevin Nash recently spoke with CLATL.com to promote his party in Atlanta this week. Here are some highlights: 


Before the Royal Rumble, you worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling for a few years. What is your role with WWE now? 


For me, right now at almost 52 years old, I really don't want to be bouncing around too much. I'm blessed that I can get around as well as I can after being beat up for so many years. But I'd still like to do anything I can do to help the young guys and help the federation move forward. So we're going to sit down over 'Mania weekend and the weeks after that, look at some options, and see what works for them and what works for myself and move forward. 


Will you be involved in WrestleMania at all? 


I haven't been told anything, but like any good pro wrestler, I'll definitely pack my gear because you never know when somebody's going to go down and they need a body. So I'll make sure I have my gear on me in case I am needed. But I will be signing at the fan Axxess for them under my Legends contract. It'll be nice to get back down there, and WrestleMania's always special. It's the Super Bowl of wrestling, and it's nice to be part of the whole weekend. And to do our own little thing to kick it off is something that's special to me because I've never tried to do anything like this before and it's gotten a good response. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

SIN CARA UNMASKED(PHOTO)

JOHN CENA GIVES ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT TO CENA(PHOTO)

ROCK PROMISES TO PUT HIS BOOT IN ATLANTA

 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an article on WrestleMania XXVII featuring quotes from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as well as SmackDown Superstar Cody Rhodes. The Rock reveals his plans for the event. 


"What I can guarantee in Atlanta is that I will put my boot to candy A** live in front of 75,000 strong members of Team Bring It," Johnson told the newspaper.

NEW NAME FOR WWE FATAL 4 WAY PPV

The official website of the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. is listing Capitol Punishment in place of Fatal 4-Way. The pay-per-view event takes place Sunday, June 19

JERRY LAWLER TALKS ABOUT MICHAEL COLE, UNDERTAKER'S STREAK

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler spoke with IGN this week to promote his WrestleMania 27 match with Michael Cole. Here are some highlights: 


You're facing off against Michael Cole at WrestleMania. Since this is your first WrestleMania match ever, would you have preferred it be against an actual wrestler? 


Would I have preferred for it to be a wrestler? Maybe at first. But now, looking back on the way this has all unfolded and the way it's going to be now, I couldn't have had a better opponent. Especially now that it's so reminiscent of the actual Andy Kaufman feud. I mean here, just like Andy, I'm going in the ring against a guy who's never competed. Not only at WrestleMania, but anywhere. So the curiosity factor of what will be going through Michael Cole's mind, other than my fist, makes this the perfect match up here. The people want to see Michael Cole get completely destroyed. They know without the help of Jack Swagger he's going to be helpless and they know that with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin being in the match as the referee, they know he's not going to put up with interference and foolishness. So it'll just come down to me and Cole once that bell rings. So, to me, that's perfect. Because if I can't put a major league whooping on Michael Cole, after all the years I've been in the business, then something's wrong. 


Do you think Cole has a better chance of getting a piledriver or a stunner at WrestleMania? 


Well, I would say probably a stunner. Without a doubt. It's in his future somewhere along the line. Maybe once the match is over. But you know what? The WWE has become so health conscious about concussions. It's been in the news, what with football players not allowed to have helmet to helmet contact anymore. So they've actually banned piledrivers. You know, the piledriver move consists of turning your opponent upside head and dropping them on the top of their head. Which is what I used as my career finishing move for so many years. So I'm not going to be able to give Cole a piledriver. But if you remember, it was always illegal. Even back in Tennessee when I gave Andy Kaufman the two piledrivers, it actually cost me the victory. Andy was actually awarded the match and the victory because I used the piledrivers, but I just wanted to prove a point and I felt like I wanted to hurt Andy just to let him know what the business was really like. And even though I do feel the same way, I feel like I have to hurt Michael Cole. I feel like if I let a guy who's never been in a match before go into the biggest match of my career and come out unscathed, it's going to make everything I've ever done look like a joke. So I plan on making Michael Cole's next stop, after he gets to the Georgia Dome, be the hospital. 


Many feel nowadays that The Undertaker's streak, and any match where his streak is on the line, is more of a marquee event than title matches at WrestleMania. Do you agree? 


You know what? I do. And simply because, with what we talked about a minute ago with me and Michael Cole, I think that becomes personal. Because you know it's a huge personal thing for The Undertaker that he's gone 18 years without losing at WrestleMania. So that streak of his is a tremendous accomplishment and he's got to take it as a major personal threat or affront when someone challenges him. And with Triple H, who's been best friends with Shawn Michael for years and Shawn Michaels having gone out in a blaze of glory last year not being able to break Undertaker's streak… You know it's got to be personal for Triple H. And it means everything to him to try and do something his best friend couldn't do. And maybe he's doing it for his best friend. And maybe it's that little bit of emotion where he's saying "Look at this Shawn. I'm going to do something you couldn't do." But who knows? You know it's a personal thing for Triple H to win this match. Yes, you can sometimes have match that, to the fans, have that little extra bit of significance. More so than just – and I don't want to say just a title match – but we see a lot of title matches. The champion has to defend the title on a regular basis. But you don't always see matches that have personal issues riding on it. 

LIVE SMACKDOWN TAPINGS FOR 1/4

* Kofi Kingston beat Wade Barrett by DQ with Wade's IC Title on the line. The Corre interfered which brought in Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov. Kane and Big Show then came out and made the save, ending with a staredown with The Corre. 


* Jerry Lawler cut a promo on Michael Cole for their WrestleMania 27 match. 


* Cody Rhodes beat Chris Masters. Cody dominated the match and won with CrossRhodes. Rey Mysterio came out and went for a 619 three times but Cody wouldn't allow it.

SIN CARA WILL BE MAKING TV DEBUT NEXT WEEK

WWE has announced that Sin Cara will make his TV debut on next Monday's RAW from Atlanta, Georgia, the night after WrestleMania 27. The Rock is also confirmed for next Monday's show. 

WWE RAW MARCH 28 PHOTOS






SHAWN MICHAELS RETURNING PICTURES, HBK PHOTOS ON RAW







RAW RESULT 3/28

Tonight's WWE RAW opens up from Chicago with hometown hero CM Punk sitting Indian style in the ring with a spotlight on him. Punk doubts that the fans in WrestleMania will receive him warmly like they have in Chicago tonight. The crowd pops for Punk and he calls them his people. Punk says the members of Nexus were also his people but he watched Randy Orton take them out one by one. Punk says Orton lives in a fantasy world but he is a realist. Punk changes his tune and says whether you're in Nexus or from Chicago, he doesn't care what happens to you. The crowd boo's a little bit. Punk says his only problem is Orton. A chant for Orton breaks out now. 


Punk goes on and shows a replay of him attacking Orton last week in front of his wife. Punk says he will close this sick and twisted chapter at WrestleMania, the drops the mic. Orton's music hits and out he comes limping. Orton's right knee is heavily taped from last week's attack. Orton limps to the ring and Punk attacks him as he enters. Orton eventually fights Punk off to the apron and brings him back in with the second-rope DDT. Orton hits the mat and taunts Punk. Orton goes for a punt kick on Punk but falls down as he's running because of the bad knee. Punk slides out of the ring and the crowd starts chanting his name. 


Punk comes back into the ring and stares Orton down. Orton limps around the ring as Punk corners him. Punk takes Orton's leg out and he goes down. The crowd is still chanting for Punk as Orton rolls around in pain. Punk lifts Orton up and lays him out with the GTS. Punk's music hits and he heads to the back. 


- The announcers hype tonight's showdowns between Triple H & The Undertaker and The Miz, The Rock & John Cena. We see Christian knock on Edge's door backstage. Edge comes out and they say that Edge is allowed to put his hands on Alberto Del Rio if it's on RAW. Edge and Christiam will be teaming up next as we go to commercial. 


Edge and Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio and Brodus Clay 


Back from commercial and out first comes the World Heavyweight Champion Edge, followed by his partner Christian for their first time teaming together on RAW in years. Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced next and he begins Alberto Del Rio's ring introduction as Del Rio pulls into the arena in a new Bentley. His partner Brodus Clay is already getting pumped up at ringside. 


Brodus and Edge start the match off. Edge ducks a clothesline and goes to work on Edge. They go to the corner and Christian is tagged in. Christian comes in off the top, chops Clay and tags Edge right back in. They double team Clay, throwing each other into him in the corner with splashes. Edge and Christian dump Clay over the top and to the floor. Christian flies over the top but Clay catches him. Edge kicks Clay and Christian falls onto him as we get ready for a commercial. 


Back from the break and Del Rio has Christian down on the mat. Del Rio threw Christian's shoulder into the ring post during the break. Christian fights to his feet now but Del Rio superkicks him to the mat and gets a 2 count. Clay comes in and drops elbows on Christian for another 2 count. Clay stands on Christian's gut and puts his weight down. Clay scoops Christian up and slams him while tagging in Del Rio. Del Rio comes out of the corner with an elbow drop for another 2 count. Del Rio taunts Christian in the corner now and runs into a big boot. Christian with a tornado DDT out of the corner. 


Edge and Clay are tagged in at the same time. Edge leaps but Clay catches him. Edge slides out of it and drops Clay on his head. Edge readies for a spear but Del Rio pulls his leg out. Christian runs over and attacks Del Rio. Del Rio throws him hard into the fan barrier. Clay comes in and misses a splash on Edge. Edge spears Clay for the pin and the win. 


Winners: Edge and Christian 


- After the match, Del Rio applies the armbar finisher on Christian at ringside. Edge finally sees it and chases Del Rio off to the back. Edge comes back down the ramp to check on Christian. Del Rio runs back down and attacks Edge from behind. Del Rio applies the armbar finisher on Edge as Edge struggles and taps out. Del Rio finally breaks the hold and taunts Edge. 


- We get hype for Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison vs. Layla, Michelle McCool and Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania 27. They take us to a bar in New Jersey and we see Trish having a drink with Snooki. Josh Matthews says we will have a live interview with Snooki and Trish tonight. This is what was taped a few days ago. Back to commercial. 


- Back from the break and we get another Sin Cara promo video. 


- We see members of the Illinois National Guard in the audience. 


- We see WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley backstage. Miz has the WWE logo in the background turned upside down. We get a ringside shot and Michael Cole has his security protecting his cubicle. The e-mail alert goes off and Jerry Lawler goes to announce the General Manager's e-mail. Cole tells him not to bother. Cole has an iPad inside his cube. It's announced that after last week's attack on Jerry Lawler, the GM needs to see if he's ready for WrestleMania so tonight, Lawler must take on Jack Swagger. Lawler isn't bothered by the news and is ready for Swagger. 


- Matthews hypes up Triple H and The Undertaker as we go to a promo video for their No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 27. 


Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella 


Back from the break and we see The Corre waiting in the ring. Justin Gabriel will be in action. Kane and Big Show's music hits next and out they come to the ring. Out next comes Santino Marella with Tamina and Vladimir Kozlov. Santino locks up with Gabriel to start their match and go at it. Gabriel with an early 2 count after some distraction from Heath Slater and a spin kick. Gabriel works on Santino's arm now. Santino tosses him out of it and drops Gabriel with rights and lefts. Santino with a hip toss now and a diving headbutt. Kane attacks Slater at ringside and backs The Corre off. Kozlov trips Gabriel in the ring and he goes down. Big Show also fights with The Corre. Santino calls for the Cobra and hits Gabriel with it for the pin and the win. 


Winner: Santino Marella 


- After the match, Show and Kane goof off with Kozlov and Santino in the ring as we go to a WWE All Stars promo. 


- We see Triple H walking in a hurry to the ring as we go to commercial. 


- Back from commercial and out comes The Undertaker to Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave." Triple H's music hits and cuts Taker's off as Triple H makes his way out to the ring to a nice reaction as well. As Triple H is posing on the apron, Taker's bells cut his music off and the lights go out. The bell tolls again and the music comes on. Triple H has entered the ring and comes face to face with Taker. 


There is a long staredown between the two. Shawn Michaels' music hits and out comes the Hall of Famer to a major reaction. Shawn struts his way down to the ring as the fans go crazy. 


Shawn makes his grand entrance and poses as Taker and Triple H look on. Shawn says he is sorry for interrupting but there was no way he was going to miss this. Shawn says at WrestleMania 27, the biggest match of Taker and Triple H's careers will take place. Shawn takes about Taker first and puts him over, then talks about the Streak. Shawn talks about Triple H next. Shawn says neither of them will be the same again after Sunday's No Holds Barred match. Shawn asks Triple H what makes him think he can do what Shawn couldn't. 


Triple H says that Shawn got soft and that's the truth. He says Shawn was more concerned with being the Showstopper. Triple H says he's not Shawn, not even close, he has to win and will win. Triple H talks to Taker about first coming into WWE and watching how great "that guy" was. Triple H says he represented everything WWE was and should be, and he patterned himself after that guy. Triple H says that guy was Undertaker. He says he learned to respect Taker more and more everyday. He says there's only one other person he respects as much as Taker and that's Shawn. Triple H says he came back for one reason - to stand here out of respect and look Taker dead in his eyes, and tell him it's time. 


Triple H says Taker will always be the Phenom but after Sunday, he won't be undefeated at WrestleMania. Triple H says he is the one, as in 18 and 1. Triple H tells Taker that he and his streak will rest in peace at WrestleMania 27. Taker grabs the mic. He says if he ever got to the point where he felt someone should put him down, he would want that person to be Triple H. Taker says that's the respect he has for Triple H but it's not that time yet. Taker says in the end, the streak will still be alive and so will he. Taker says if he doesn't want to take his word for it, ask Shawn. Taker says Shawn walks around everyday as the man who gave him the two best WrestleMania matches of his career and he came so close but didn't get it done. Taker says when he looks in Shawn's eyes now, he doesn't see the same confidence and arrogance. He sees a man that he humbled. Shawn doesn't like the sound of this. Taker says he sees a man who will soon go into the Hall of Fame, full of regret. A man who's career he ended. 




Taker shoves the mic back at Shawn. Shawn goes for Sweet Chin Music but Taker catches his leg and pulls him in. Triple H steps in and breaks it up, coming face to face with Taker. Triple H tells Shawn to tell Taker why he will end the streak on Sunday. Shawn isn't saying anything, he's just staring down at the mat before exiting the ring, leaving Triple H hanging. Shawn just shakes his head and looks at Triple H before walking off. Triple H turns around and Taker laughs at him before exiting the ring. Ain't No Grave plays as Taker exits the ring. He stops and stares up at Triple H one last time before walking off. Taker stops at the top of the ramp and looks back down at the ring before heading to the back and we go to commercial. 


Jack Swagger vs. Jerry Lawler 


Back from commercial and Michael Cole is running around the ring with his trainer Jack Swagger. Out comes Swagger's opponent, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler. Cole taunts Lawler from ringside as we get ready for the bell. Cole gets on the apron now and distracts Lawler, allowing Swagger to strike first. Swagger beats Lawler down and steps on him before hitting the big splash out of the corner. 


Swagger takes the fight to the floor as Cole tells him to take Lawler out. Lawler fights back with a right hand and grabs a steel chair. Lawler beats Swagger around ringside with the chair. 


Winner by DQ: Jack Swagger 


- After the bell, Lawler looks over to the other side of the ring and eyes Cole. Lawler chases Cole with the chair but Cole locks himself inside his cube. Lawler attacks the cube with a chair and climbs over the top of it. Security holds Lawler back as he reaches for Cole from the top of the cube. Cole throws his drink into Lawler's face. Lawler backs off and Cole yells that he's a loser. Cole says he's going to embarrass Lawler at WrestleMania. 


- We get more hype for The Rock, The Miz and John Cena before going back to commercial. 


- Back from the break and out comes Vickie Guerrero to the ramp. She slips on a pair of sunglasses and John Morrison's music starts playing. Vickie mocks Morrison's slow motion entrance. Vickie is taunting Morrison after she pinned him on last week's RAW. Vickie heads to the ring and asks everyone to excuse her. She hopes Snooki is watching because what she did to Morrison is what LayCool will do to her at WrestleMania 27. Vickie says Snooki will find herself in a very familiar place - passed out and unconscious. 


Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus vs. John Morrison and Daniel Bryan 


Out comes Dolph Ziggler to join Vickie. Out next comes the WWE United States Champion Sheamus. Daniel Bryan makes his way down next followed by his partner John Morrison. Morrison and Sheamus start things out. Sheamus strikes first, knocking Morrison to the mat. Sheamus takes it to the corner and continues the offense. Sheamus runs into a big boot. Morrison knocks Ziggler off the apron and goes for a springboard kick but Sheamus catches him with the Irish Curse for a 2 count. We go to commercial. 


Back from the break and Sheamus is going at it on Morrison. Sheamus puts a knee in his back as Dolph taunts him. Dolph and Bryan come in at the same time and go at it. Bryan locks on the LaBell Lock but Sheamus breaks the hold with a kick to the head. Sheamus is tagged in and runs over Bryan with a clothesline for a 2 count as Morrison breaks it up. All four men get involved. It comes down to Sheamus and Bryan. Bryan goes for the LaBell Lock but Sheamus fights it off. Bryan misses a dropkick in the corner. Sheamus picks him up and hits his finisher for the win. 


Winners: Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler 


- Scott Stanford is backstage with Randy Orton, who is icing his knee. Stanford asks Orton if he can make it to WrestleMania now. Orton says he has serious anger issues and has ended career of men he barely knew, simply because he could. Orton has never despised a human being more than he does CM Punk. Orton says the question should be will CM Punk make it out of WrestleMania. We go to commercial. 


- We get a promo video for The Road Warriors going into the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame class. 


- We go to a bar in New Jersey where Trish Stratus and Snooki are having drinks. Snooki does seem a bit loopy. A guy keeps trying to hit on them and ends up getting pushed away by Snooki. We go back to the arena where Matthews hypes the match. He cuts back to the bar where Layla and Michelle McCool sneak up on Trish and Snooki. They start brawling all over the bar with everyone looking on before being separated. 


- The Rock, The Miz and John Cena is up next as we go to commercial. 


- Back from commercial and we see The Rock pacing around backstage. His music hits and out he comes to a massive reaction. 


The Rock finally gets a chance to speak and talks about how special Chicago is to him. The Rock talks about how all of his fans are on Team Bring It and goes on. The fans start chanting Rocky. He says when you're on Team Bring It, you go after your dreams. Rock says recently, he has had a dream that he came to the ring and called out John Cena. A "Cena sucks" chant starts. The Rock recalls his dream and calls Cena a homeless Power Ranger. In his dream, The Rock puts his foot to Cena's ass. The Rock says then he woke up, the dream was over and this is reality. The Rock is here tonight and he's not alone because he's with the millions and millions of The Rock's fans. The People's Champ is here, he says. John Cena's music hits and out he comes to some boo's. 


Cena says finally, The Rock is back in a WWE ring. Cena says he has wanted this all along, he has wanted The Rock back in WWE for moments like this. The crowd pops for The Rock. Cena says The Rock has a power with the fans and says if you don't believe him, listen to this... the crowd chants for The Rock again. Cena says to feel the excitement brought like only one man can do - The Rock. Cena says he's glad The Rock came back. Cena says when Rock came back, he was smoking. Cena says he wanted to listen what Rock had to say. Cena says everything he said about Rock had meaning and merit. A "Cena sucks" chant interrupts Cena. 


Cena says he wanted to know what kind of problem The Rock had with him. Cena says there were lots of them - his colors were wrong, he didn't like the way Cena talked and others. Cena says Rock had a problem with his morale code and the fact that his audience is kids. Cena says his audience is kids and he's proud of it. Cena says he's damn proud of what he is and has become. Cena says if Rock has a bone to pick over the way he is, then they have to talk. If not, Cena asks The Rock who the hell he is to judge him. Who is The Rock to tell Cena how to live his life. Cena says if that's what it takes to be on Team Bring It, Rock can keep the application. Cena says he won't be judged by The Rock. 


Rock says he won't judge Cena, there's only one man who judges people and that's the good Lord. The Rock says but the Lord won't stop him from whooping Cena's candy ass all over Chicago. Cena says he has said everything he needed to say to Rock's face, like a man. Cena says if Rock wants to fight, he's here. Cena throws down the mic as The Miz's music hits. Out comes the WWE Champion with Alex Riley as Cena and Rock stare each other down. They finally turn their attention to The Miz as he heads down to the ring. 


Riley and Miz enter the ring to boo's. Miz asks "really?" a few times. Is this how it's going to be? He calls Cena and Rock over-hyped and over-rated. Miz says he has owned Cena this past month. Miz says Cena is going to lose at WrestleMania but at least he will go down swinging. Miz says Cena will come for a fight, unlike The Great One. Miz says he knows something that nobody else knows, a secret about The Rock. Miz says Rock won't do a thing tonight, nothing. Miz says he has done his researched and Rock's movies have grossed lots of money. Miz says one of the biggest movie stars in the world wouldn't risk getting beat up and embarrassed by him. Miz says it's a guaran-damn-tee that if Rock even looks at him funny, he will beat him so bad he won't even be able to step foot into Hollywood. 


Miz tells Rock to go ahead and run his mouth like only Rock can. Miz says he won't do anything because he's The Miz and is awesome. The crowd chants for The Rock. Rock says that Miz should know by now that it doesn't matter what he thinks. Rock gets in Miz's face. Riley decks The Rock and The Miz joins in. They beat The Rock down in the corner. He fights back and takes them on. Rock knocks Riley out of the ring and turns his attention to The Miz, hitting the big DDT. The Rock hits The People's Elbow on The Miz as Cena looks on from ringside. Rock then tosses Miz out of the ring. Rock turns around to John Cena. Cena lays Rock out with the Attitude Adjustment. Cena stands over Rock and does the "you can't see me" gesture. The crowd boo's. Cena's music hits and he heads to the back as The Rock recovers in the ring. Cena stops on the stage and points at the WrestleMania sign. He does the gesture to the camera again and poses as The rock looks on from the mat. RAW goes off the air. 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE VII

Cena says finally, The Rock is back in a WWE ring. Cena says he has wanted this all along, he has wanted The Rock back in WWE for moments like this. The crowd pops for The Rock. Cena says The Rock has a power with the fans and says if you don't believe him, listen to this... the crowd chants for The Rock again. Cena says to feel the excitement brought like only one man can do - The Rock. Cena says he's glad The Rock came back. Cena says when Rock came back, he was smoking. Cena says he wanted to listen what Rock had to say. Cena says everything he said about Rock had meaning and merit. A "Cena sucks" chant interrupts Cena. 


Cena says he wanted to know what kind of problem The Rock had with him. Cena says there were lots of them - his colors were wrong, he didn't like the way Cena talked and others. Cena says Rock had a problem with his morale code and the fact that his audience is kids. Cena says his audience is kids and he's proud of it. Cena says he's damn proud of what he is and has become. Cena says if Rock has a bone to pick over the way he is, then they have to talk. If not, Cena asks The Rock who the hell he is to judge him. Who is The Rock to tell Cena how to live his life. Cena says if that's what it takes to be on Team Bring It, Rock can keep the application. Cena says he won't be judged by The Rock. 


Rock says he won't judge Cena, there's only one man who judges people and that's the good Lord. The Rock says but the Lord won't stop him from whooping Cena's candy ass all over Chicago. Cena says he has said everything he needed to say to Rock's face, like a man. Cena says if Rock wants to fight, he's here. Cena throws down the mic as The Miz's music hits. Out comes the WWE Champion with Alex Riley as Cena and Rock stare each other down. They finally turn their attention to The Miz as he heads down to the ring. 


Riley and Miz enter the ring to boo's. Miz asks "really?" a few times. Is this how it's going to be? He calls Cena and Rock over-hyped and over-rated. Miz says he has owned Cena this past month. Miz says Cena is going to lose at WrestleMania but at least he will go down swinging. Miz says Cena will come for a fight, unlike The Great One. Miz says he knows something that nobody else knows, a secret about The Rock. Miz says Rock won't do a thing tonight, nothing. Miz says he has done his researched and Rock's movies have grossed lots of money. Miz says one of the biggest movie stars in the world wouldn't risk getting beat up and embarrassed by him. Miz says it's a guaran-damn-tee that if Rock even looks at him funny, he will beat him so bad he won't even be able to step foot into Hollywood. 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE VI

The Rock finally gets a chance to speak and talks about how special Chicago is to him. The Rock talks about how all of his fans are on Team Bring It and goes on. The fans start chanting Rocky. He says when you're on Team Bring It, you go after your dreams. Rock says recently, he has had a dream that he came to the ring and called out John Cena. A "Cena sucks" chant starts. The Rock recalls his dream and calls Cena a homeless Power Ranger. In his dream, The Rock puts his foot to Cena's ass. The Rock says then he woke up, the dream was over and this is reality. The Rock is here tonight and he's not alone because he's with the millions and millions of The Rock's fans. The People's Champ is here, he says. John Cena's music hits and out he comes to some boo's. 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE V

- Scott Stanford is backstage with Randy Orton, who is icing his knee. Stanford asks Orton if he can make it to WrestleMania now. Orton says he has serious anger issues and has ended career of men he barely knew, simply because he could. Orton has never despised a human being more than he does CM Punk. Orton says the question should be will CM Punk make it out of WrestleMania. We go to commercial. 

- We get a promo video for The Road Warriors going into the 2011 WWE Hall of Fame class. 

- We go to a bar in New Jersey where Trish Stratus and Snooki are having drinks. Snooki does seem a bit loopy. A guy keeps trying to hit on them and ends up getting pushed away by Snooki. We go back to the arena where Matthews hypes the match. He cuts back to the bar where Layla and Michelle McCool sneak up on Trish and Snooki. They start brawling all over the bar with everyone looking on before being separated. 

- The Rock, The Miz and John Cena is up next as we go to commercial. 

-We see backstage Rock waiting to come, his music hits and here he comes.

PHOTO OF SHAWN MICHAELS RETURNING TONIGHT

LIVE RAW COVERAGE IV

Back from the break and Sheamus is going at it on Morrison. Sheamus puts a knee in his back as Dolph taunts him. Dolph and Bryan come in at the same time and go at it. Bryan locks on the LaBell Lock but Sheamus breaks the hold with a kick to the head. Sheamus is tagged in and runs over Bryan with a clothesline for a 2 count as Morrison breaks it up. All four men get involved. It comes down to Sheamus and Bryan. Bryan goes for the LaBell Lock but Sheamus fights it off. Bryan misses a dropkick in the corner. Sheamus picks him up and hits his finisher for the win. 


Winners: Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE III

Back from the break and out comes Vickie Guerrero to the ramp. She slips on a pair of sunglasses and John Morrison's music starts playing. Vickie mocks Morrison's slow motion entrance. Vickie is taunting Morrison after she pinned him on last week's RAW. Vickie heads to the ring and asks everyone to excuse her. She hopes Snooki is watching because what she did to Morrison is what LayCool will do to her at WrestleMania 27. Vickie says Snooki will find herself in a very familiar place - passed out and unconscious. 


Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus vs. John Morrison and Daniel Bryan 


Out comes Dolph Ziggler to join Vickie. Out next comes the WWE United States Champion Sheamus. Daniel Bryan makes his way down next followed by his partner John Morrison. Morrison and Sheamus start things out. Sheamus strikes first, knocking Morrison to the mat. Sheamus takes it to the corner and continues the offense. Sheamus runs into a big boot. Morrison knocks Ziggler off the apron and goes for a springboard kick but Sheamus catches him with the Irish Curse for a 2 count. We go to commercial. 

UPDATED WRESTLEMANIA CARD

Special Guest Host: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson 


America The Beautiful Singer: Keri Hilson 


Special Appearances: Cast and trainers from WWE Tough Enough, 2011 WWE Hall of Fame Class 


WWE Title Match 
John Cena vs. The Miz 


World Heavyweight Title Match 
Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge 


The Streak on the Line - No Holds Barred 
Triple H vs. The Undertaker 


WWE United States Title Match 
Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus 


Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole, Special Referee: Steve Austin 
Cole's trainer Jack Swagger will be in his corner. 


Randy Orton vs. CM Punk 


Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes 


Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison vs. Michelle McCool, Layla and Dolph Ziggler 


Big Show, Santino Marella, Vladimir Kozlov and Kane vs. Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE II

Jack Swagger vs. Jerry Lawler 


Back from commercial and Michael Cole is running around the ring with his trainer Jack Swagger. Out comes Swagger's opponent, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler. Cole taunts Lawler from ringside as we get ready for the bell. Cole gets on the apron now and distracts Lawler, allowing Swagger to strike first. Swagger beats Lawler down and steps on him before hitting the big splash out of the corner. 


Swagger takes the fight to the floor as Cole tells him to take Lawler out. Lawler fights back with a right hand and grabs a steel chair. Lawler beats Swagger around ringside with the chair. 


Winner by DQ: Jack Swagger 


- After the bell, Lawler looks over to the other side of the ring and eyes Cole. Lawler chases Cole with the chair but Cole locks himself inside his cube. Lawler attacks the cube with a chair and climbs over the top of it. Security holds Lawler back as he reaches for Cole from the top of the cube. Cole throws his drink into Lawler's face. Lawler backs off and Cole yells that he's a loser. Cole says he's going to embarrass Lawler at WrestleMania. 


- We get more hype for The Rock, The Miz and John Cena before going back to commercial. 

LIVE RAW COVERAGE

Tonight's WWE RAW opens up from Chicago with hometown hero CM Punk sitting Indian style in the ring with a spotlight on him. Punk doubts that the fans in WrestleMania will receive him warmly like they have in Chicago tonight. The crowd pops for Punk and he calls them his people. Punk says the members of Nexus were also his people but he watched Randy Orton take them out one by one. Punk says Orton lives in a fantasy world but he is a realist. Punk changes his tune and says whether you're in Nexus or from Chicago, he doesn't care what happens to you. The crowd boo's a little bit. Punk says his only problem is Orton. A chant for Orton breaks out now. 


Punk goes on and shows a replay of him attacking Orton last week in front of his wife. Punk says he will close this sick and twisted chapter at WrestleMania, the drops the mic. Orton's music hits and out he comes limping. Orton's right knee is heavily taped from last week's attack. Orton limps to the ring and Punk attacks him as he enters. Orton eventually fights Punk off to the apron and brings him back in with the second-rope DDT. Orton hits the mat and taunts Punk. Orton goes for a punt kick on Punk but falls down as he's running because of the bad knee. Punk slides out of the ring and the crowd starts chanting his name. 


Punk comes back into the ring and stares Orton down. Orton limps around the ring as Punk corners him. Punk takes Orton's leg out and he goes down. The crowd is still chanting for Punk as Orton rolls around in pain. Punk lifts Orton up and lays him out with the GTS. Punk's music hits and he heads to the back. 


- The announcers hype tonight's showdowns between Triple H & The Undertaker and The Miz, The Rock & John Cena. We see Christian knock on Edge's door backstage. Edge comes out and they say that Edge is allowed to put his hands on Alberto Del Rio if it's on RAW. Edge and Christiam will be teaming up next as we go to commercial. 


Edge and Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio and Brodus Clay 


Back from commercial and out first comes the World Heavyweight Champion Edge, followed by his partner Christian for their first time teaming together on RAW in years. Ricardo Rodriguez is introduced next and he begins Alberto Del Rio's ring introduction as Del Rio pulls into the arena in a new Bentley. His partner Brodus Clay is already getting pumped up at ringside. 


Brodus and Edge start the match off. Edge ducks a clothesline and goes to work on Edge. They go to the corner and Christian is tagged in. Christian comes in off the top, chops Clay and tags Edge right back in. They double team Clay, throwing each other into him in the corner with splashes. Edge and Christian dump Clay over the top and to the floor. Christian flies over the top but Clay catches him. Edge kicks Clay and Christian falls onto him as we get ready for a commercial. 


Back from the break and Del Rio has Christian down on the mat. Del Rio threw Christian's shoulder into the ring post during the break. Christian fights to his feet now but Del Rio superkicks him to the mat and gets a 2 count. Clay comes in and drops elbows on Christian for another 2 count. Clay stands on Christian's gut and puts his weight down. Clay scoops Christian up and slams him while tagging in Del Rio. Del Rio comes out of the corner with an elbow drop for another 2 count. Del Rio taunts Christian in the corner now and runs into a big boot. Christian with a tornado DDT out of the corner. 


Edge and Clay are tagged in at the same time. Edge leaps but Clay catches him. Edge slides out of it and drops Clay on his head. Edge readies for a spear but Del Rio pulls his leg out. Christian runs over and attacks Del Rio. Del Rio throws him hard into the fan barrier. Clay comes in and misses a splash on Edge. Edge spears Clay for the pin and the win. 


Winners: Edge and Christian 


- After the match, Del Rio applies the armbar finisher on Christian at ringside. Edge finally sees it and chases Del Rio off to the back. Edge comes back down the ramp to check on Christian. Del Rio runs back down and attacks Edge from behind. Del Rio applies the armbar finisher on Edge as Edge struggles and taps out. Del Rio finally breaks the hold and taunts Edge. 


- We get hype for Snooki, Trish Stratus and John Morrison vs. Layla, Michelle McCool and Dolph Ziggler at WrestleMania 27. They take us to a bar in New Jersey and we see Trish having a drink with Snooki. Josh Matthews says we will have a live interview with Snooki and Trish tonight. This is what was taped a few days ago. Back to commercial. 


- Back from the break and we get another Sin Cara promo video. 


- We see members of the Illinois National Guard in the audience. 


- We see WWE Champion The Miz and Alex Riley backstage. Miz has the WWE logo in the background turned upside down. We get a ringside shot and Michael Cole has his security protecting his cubicle. The e-mail alert goes off and Jerry Lawler goes to announce the General Manager's e-mail. Cole tells him not to bother. Cole has an iPad inside his cube. It's announced that after last week's attack on Jerry Lawler, the GM needs to see if he's ready for WrestleMania so tonight, Lawler must take on Jack Swagger. Lawler isn't bothered by the news and is ready for Swagger. 


- Matthews hypes up Triple H and The Undertaker as we go to a promo video for their No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 27. 


Justin Gabriel vs. Santino Marella 


Back from the break and we see The Corre waiting in the ring. Justin Gabriel will be in action. Kane and Big Show's music hits next and out they come to the ring. Out next comes Santino Marella with Tamina and Vladimir Kozlov. Santino locks up with Gabriel to start their match and go at it. Gabriel with an early 2 count after some distraction from Heath Slater and a spin kick. Gabriel works on Santino's arm now. Santino tosses him out of it and drops Gabriel with rights and lefts. Santino with a hip toss now and a diving headbutt. Kane attacks Slater at ringside and backs The Corre off. Kozlov trips Gabriel in the ring and he goes down. Big Show also fights with The Corre. Santino calls for the Cobra and hits Gabriel with it for the pin and the win. 


Winner: Santino Marella 


- After the match, Show and Kane goof off with Kozlov and Santino in the ring as we go to a WWE All Stars promo. 


- We see Triple H walking in a hurry to the ring as we go to commercial. 


- Back from commercial and out comes The Undertaker to Johnny Cash's "Ain't No Grave." Triple H's music hits and cuts Taker's off as Triple H makes his way out to the ring to a nice reaction as well. As Triple H is posing on the apron, Taker's bells cut his music off and the lights go out. The bell tolls again and the music comes on. Triple H has entered the ring and comes face to face with Taker. 


There is a long staredown between the two. Shawn Michaels' music hits and out comes the Hall of Famer to a major reaction. Shawn struts his way down to the ring as the fans go crazy. 


Shawn makes his grand entrance and poses as Taker and Triple H look on. Shawn says he is sorry for interrupting but there was no way he was going to miss this. Shawn says at WrestleMania 27, the biggest match of Taker and Triple H's careers will take place. Shawn takes about Taker first and puts him over, then talks about the Streak. Shawn talks about Triple H next. Shawn says neither of them will be the same again after Sunday's No Holds Barred match. Shawn asks Triple H what makes him think he can do what Shawn couldn't. 


Triple H says that Shawn got soft and that's the truth. He says Shawn was more concerned with being the Showstopper. Triple H says he's not Shawn, not even close, he has to win and will win. Triple H talks to Taker about first coming into WWE and watching how great "that guy" was. Triple H says he represented everything WWE was and should be, and he patterned himself after that guy. Triple H says that guy was Undertaker. He says he learned to respect Taker more and more everyday. He says there's only one other person he respects as much as Taker and that's Shawn. Triple H says he came back for one reason - to stand here out of respect and look Taker dead in his eyes, and tell him it's time. 


Triple H says Taker will always be the Phenom but after Sunday, he won't be undefeated at WrestleMania. Triple H says he is the one, as in 18 and 1. Triple H tells Taker that he and his streak will rest in peace at WrestleMania 27. Taker grabs the mic. He says if he ever got to the point where he felt someone should put him down, he would want that person to be Triple H. Taker says that's the respect he has for Triple H but it's not that time yet. Taker says in the end, the streak will still be alive and so will he. Taker says if he doesn't want to take his word for it, ask Shawn. Taker says Shawn walks around everyday as the man who gave him the two best WrestleMania matches of his career and he came so close but didn't get it done. Taker says when he looks in Shawn's eyes now, he doesn't see the same confidence and arrogance. He sees a man that he humbled. Shawn doesn't like the sound of this. Taker says he sees a man who will soon go into the Hall of Fame, full of regret. A man who's career he ended. 




Taker shoves the mic back at Shawn. Shawn goes for Sweet Chin Music but Taker catches his leg and pulls him in. Triple H steps in and breaks it up, coming face to face with Taker. Triple H tells Shawn to tell Taker why he will end the streak on Sunday. Shawn isn't saying anything, he's just staring down at the mat before exiting the ring, leaving Triple H hanging. Shawn just shakes his head and looks at Triple H before walking off. Triple H turns around and Taker laughs at him before exiting the ring. Ain't No Grave plays as Taker exits the ring. He stops and stares up at Triple H one last time before walking off. Taker stops at the top of the ramp and looks back down at the ring before heading to the back and we go to commercial. 

RECENT TRADEMARKS DONE BY WWE

 WWE have registered to trademark the following:


* Team Bring It
* Bigger Badder Better (probably to use for their live events)
* WWE Capitol Punishment (for a pay-per-view)
* Child Proof (WWE Films movie title)
* Tyson Kidd

WWE SENDING DIVAS TO CHEER FOR CHRIS JERICHO IN DWTS

WWE Diva Maryse noted on Twitter last night that she was headed to Dancing With the Stars tonight to watch Chris Jericho. It looks like WWE is sending Divas each week as Alicia Fox and The Bella Twins were there last week to cheer Jericho on.

FUTURE OF WWE FATAL 4 WAY PPV

An internal WWE pay-per-view memo still lists the Fatal 4 Way pay-per-view as having that name but the new tagline is Capitol Punishment. It was previously reported that Fatal 4 Way had been changed to Capitol Punishment but until we get official word from WWE, it sounds like the Capitol Punishment name is just a tagline.
For what it’s worth, WWE recently registered the trademark for Capitol Punishment.

TRISH STRATUS WILL BE ON TONIGHTS RAW

Trish Stratus noted that she and Snooki would be on RAW tonight from Chicago. While they haven't been announced to appear live, the two did tape a segment in New Jersey a few days ago with Layla and Michelle McCool.

JOHN CENA READY FOR TONIGHTS RAW

John Cena wrote the following on Twitter today regarding his meeting with The Rock on tonight's RAW: "CeNation. D Day. No rhymes. No B.S. Dwayne would like me to address him like a man? Well sir. Today u remember the name John Cena."

Monday, March 28, 2011

MIZ FEATURED IN OVER THE LIMIT PPV POSTER

Is this poster is Awesome???

WWE RE-EDITS BIO OF ABDULLAH BUTCHER

 WWE’s Hall of Fame bio on Abdullah the Butcher talked about how he hadn’t brawled with Bruno Sammartino or Bob Backlund, but the three icons would be together when Abdullah enters the WWE Hall of Fame. WWE has since changed the article by replacing Sammartino and Backlund’s names with Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart.

MICHAEL COLE APOLOGIZES ABOUT HOMOPHOBIC SLUR

 Michael Cole posted a homophobic slur Saturday afternoon on his recently launched Twitter account as he called fellow WWE announcer Josh Mathews a ‘faggot’. The tweet was in response to Mathews writing “Chicago!”, the host city of this Monday’s RAW taping. The one word message was deleted approximately half an hour later and an apology was issued.


“I apologize to any and all who were offended by my tweet toward young Josh Mathews,” Cole wrote. “It was obviously not meant the way it was taken.”


He later added, “I was not ordered to apologize I said I am sorry because I am. Now can I get back to being a character again please?”


World Wrestling Entertainment recently came under fire from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which took issue with the ‘homophobic taunts’ John Cena directed towards Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on the February 28 episode of Monday Night RAW. Cena’s unsavory verbiage prompted WWE to issue an apology and form a partnership with the organization on an anti-bullying campaign.


WWE subsequently released the following statement:


“WWE takes this issue very seriously, and has already spoken with our talent about these incidents. We are taking steps and working with GLAAD to ensure that our fans know that WWE is against bullying or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We strongly value our fans in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and apologize to them for these incidents.”


It was also noted in GLAAD’s press release that WWE has invited the organization to conduct training sessions for their staff of writers and editors.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

MORE ON SIN CARA'S DEBUT MATCH

Sin Cara made his WWE debut last night in Champaign, IL and defeated Primo Colon. Cara won the match by submission, using his La Mistica finisher, which is a headscissors takedown into a single-arm DDT into a Fujiwara armbar.


Cara also did most of his trademark moves that he did as Mistico in Mexico. A fan in attendance said the match went over 11 minutes and even though most fans didn’t know who Cara was, he got a good reaction.

JOHN CENA THANKS RANDY ORTON

 John Cena wrote the following on Twitter yesterday in response to Randy Orton’s comments in a new interview with ESPN’s website: “Thank you Randy. That means more than you know. Thank you.”

Here’s part of what Orton said: “I think Cena will own The Rock. I think Cena is wittier and can go off the cuff. Cena writes his own stuff while The Rock has stuff written for him. It just all comes down to who you are in the ring and what kind of performer you are in the ring, and I think Cena is ten times the performer in the ring that The Rock is. This Monday in Chicago, he’ll prove it.”

RANDY ORTON THINKS JOHN CENA WILL OWN THE ROCK

Orton on an Interview in ESPN website  said: “I think Cena will own The Rock. I think Cena is wittier and can go off the cuff. Cena writes his own stuff while The Rock has stuff written for him. It just all comes down to who you are in the ring and what kind of performer you are in the ring, and I think Cena is ten times the performer in the ring that The Rock is. This Monday in Chicago, he’ll prove it.”

WWE HOSTING WRESTLEMANIA PRESS CONFERENCE

WWE will be hosting a WrestleMania 27 press conference this coming Wednesday at 12:30pm in New York City at The Hard Rock Cafe. The stars of WrestleMania will speak about their matches at the big show in Atlanta. Names confirmed to appear include The Rock, Snooki, John Cena, Triple H, The Miz, Edge and Alberto Del Rio, among others. Admission to the press conference is free but is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis.

WADE BARRETT TALKS ABOUT INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP

 Wade Barrett wrote the following on Twitter last night after winning the Intercontinental Championship on SmackDown: “I pledge to you all that I will defend the IC Title with the class and dignity that you have come to expect from Wade Barrett.”

KERI HILSON TO PERFORM AT WRESTLEMANIA

WWE has announced that R&B singer Keri Hilson will be singing “America The Beautiful” at WrestleMania 27 from Atlanta, Georgia, her home state. Here’s WWE’s announcement:


“Pretty Girl Rock’s” Keri Hilson to Perform at WrestleMania XXVII


STAMFORD, Conn., March 25, 2011 – Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum recording artist Keri Hilson will perform “America the Beautiful” kicking-off WrestleMania XXVII live on pay-per-view Sunday, April 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hilson joins a renowned list of legendary artists that includes Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Reba McIntyre, John Legend and Ashanti who have opened the annual pop-culture extravaganza.


The chart topping singer and Decatur, GA. native Keri Hilson is no stranger to the belting out hits as she recently performed her number one song “Pretty Girl Rock” (produced by Ne-Yo) on national television shows such as the Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Lopez Tonight. Coming off her sophomore album “No Boys Allowed,” Hilson’s garnered choice reviews in the New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal to name a few. Her RIAA Gold Certified debut album “In A Perfect World” spawned number one hits including “Turning Me On” featuring Lil’Wayne and “Knock You Down” featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. The singer has scored critical acclaim winning awards and nominations from The Grammy’s, The American Music Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, MOBO Awards and Soul Train Awards.

MIZ ABOUT TO BREAK ROCK'S LONGEST TITLE REIGN RECORD

WWE Magazine’s Twitter account pointed out yesterday that The Miz’s current WWE Title reign is longer than any reign The Rock ever had. The Rock’s longest reign came in 2000 when he held the WWE Title for 119 days. As of today, The Miz has held the title for 112 days but with his next title defense not until WrestleMania 27 in 8 days, he will at least pass The Rock.

ON THIS DAY THE FINAL EPISODE OF WCW NITRO

 On this day back in 2001, the final episode of WCW’s Monday Nitro aired as a part of a simulcast with WWE’s RAW. Shane McMahon appeared on the show in what would begin the Invasion angle in WWF. The main event of the final Nitro saw Sting defeat Ric Flair in just over 7 minutes.

JOHN CENA COMMENTS ON THE ROCK

John Cena wrote the following on Twitter in regards to his showdown with The Rock and The Miz on this coming Monday’s RAW: “CeNation. Already gearing up for monday. Rock said it..and I believe it..the time for talk is over.”

WADE BARRETT THE NEW INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

 Wade Barrett captured the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Kofi Kingston on last night’s episode of SmackDown.


Just as Kingston was about to hit Trouble in Paradise on Barrett, the leader of The Corre countered with Wasteland. Seconds later captured his first championship in WWE. Justin Gabriel hit Kingston with the 450 Splash following the match.

SMACKDOWN REPORT 3/25

This week’s show starts off with highlights from the steel cage match between Christian and Alberto Del Rio that saw Del Rio’s destiny knocked a little off its path with a loss to Christian. Del Rio took out his frustration on Christian with a post match attack, but it was stopped by Edge, who wanted to get close to Alberto’s car. Edge did not get to repossess the car because Brodus Clay attacked Edge from behind.


We move to tonight’s show and Edge is in Teddy Long’s office and Edge’s arm is wrapped up due to last week’s attack. Edge tells Teddy he is getting hit in the arm each week. Edge says that Teddy’s ruling doesn’t make sense because what goes around comes around. He says that he is not getting a chance to go after Alberto and then he suggests that Teddy is showing some favoritism towards Alberto.


Teddy says that what he is doing is in the best interest of the WWE and the Smackdown main event at Wrestlemania. He also says that he is doing this for the best interest of Edge and Alberto Del Rio.


Edge wants to know why he should care about the best interest of Alberto Del Rio because Alberto doesn’t care about his.


Teddy says that this conversation is over and it has gone too far. If Edge or Alberto as much as touch each other, they will both be banned from Wrestlemania.


Devon . . . cue the Green Day.


We are live on tape from Columbus, Ohio and your announcers are Michael ‘How do I look in Maize and Blue this week’ Cole, Booker ‘Tressel’ T, and Josh ‘I’m Going to Wrestlemania?’ Mathews.


Before our first match starts, we take a look back to Monday night when Randall Keith Orton made the mistake of pointing out that he had his bus with him and his wife was there. Punk paid a visit to Orton’s home on the road.


Match Number One: Rey Mysterio versus CM Punk in a Wrestlemania Rewind Match


They lock up and Punk backs Rey into the corner. Punk hits Rey in the chest and then he kicks Rey while the referee warns him. Punk with an Irish whip but Rey floats over. Rey sends Punk into the ropes with a head scissors and Rey sets for the 619 but there is no way that Punk is vulnerable enough for the 619. Punk with a kick followed by a rollup but you don’t roll up Rey Mysterio without paying the price. Rey rolls through and he kicks Punk in the head and gets a near fall. Mysterio with forearms and he tries for a springboard cross body but Punk figured it was coming so he moves out of the way to avoid Rey. Punk with a baseball slide that sends Rey to the apron.


Punk with boots to Rey’s chest and he gets a near fall. Punk puts Rey in an abdominal stretch and he puts the point of his elbow in Rey’s midsection for extra pressure. Rey escapes the hold and Punk tries for a rollup using the ropes but Rey ducks out of the way and Punk goes to the floor. Rey goes to the apron to try for an Asai Moonsault but Punk stops Rey and he gets Rey on his shoulders and hot shots Rey onto the ringside barrier as we go to commercial.


We are back and Punk with a knee to the head followed by a snap mare and body scissors. Rey with elbows to Punk and he gets out of the hold. Rey tries to work on the leg with knees. Rey with a kick and then he tries to slide through Punk’s legs but Punk stops him and hits a knee and gets a near fall. Punk with a leg drop to Rey’s chest and he gets a near fall. Punk tries for a suplex but Rey gets away from Punk. Punk with a cross body for a near fall.


Punk goes up top for a cross body but Rey hits a drop kick and both men are down. Rey with kicks to the leg and then Punk grabs Rey but they are too close to the ropes and Rey propels him and Punk to the floor. Rey hits an Asai Moonsault on Punk.


From out of nowhere, Cody Rhodes attacks Rey and sends him into the ring post. Since the referee saw it, he calls for the bell.


Winner: Rey Mysterio by disqualification


Cody sends Rey into the ring post and then Cody gets a little more comfortable as he continues his attack on Rey. Cody uses the face mask for a few head butts and then he hits a knee drop on the apron.


Cody kicks Rey in the corner and then Cody reveals a knee brace and he connects with a running knee into the corner. Cody leaves the ring and hides his face from the crowd and cameras.


The medical staff checks on Rey at ringside.


Edge is in the locker room and Christian stops by and he asks Edge if they want to go through with this since we are nine days away from Wrestlemania. Christian brings up Teddy Long’s ruling and wonders if they should even be in the same building tonight. Christian says that it is a risk to have a match with Drew McIntyre.


Edge tells Christian that he appreciates what Christian is saying, but he is going to take the match. Edge tells Christian that he will be in his corner tonight for Christian’s match against Alberto Del Rio. Edge wants to show the world and Alberto that he is one hundred percent and nothing is going to stop him at Wrestlemania.


We go to commercial.


Match Number Two: Edge versus Drew McIntyre


They lock up and Drew goes immediately to the arm but Edge with punches and kicks as the referee has to physically remove him from the corner. Edge runs into an elbow drop Drew and then Drew kicks Edge in the arm. Drew works on the arm and wraps the arm in the rope. Drew with a kick to the arm and then he wrings the arm to drive Edge to the mat and Drew gets a near fall. Drew with a boot to the injured arm. Drew goes to the turnbuckles but he takes too long and Edge pulls Drew to the mat.


Edge with a running forearm followed by a clothesline. Edge with a kick and he tries for the Impaler DDT but Edge feels the pressure on the arm and he has to let go. Drew tries fro the Future Shock DDT but Edge is able to counter with a back body drop and then Edge puts Drew in the Edgecator. Drew has to tap out.


Winner: Edge


After the match, the crowd chants for a spear and Edge has that look in his eye as he pulls his hair. Edge hits Drew with a spear and then he looks at the Wrestlemania sign.


We go to commercial.


We are back with the Undertaker/Triple H ‘In the Eyes of the Wrestlers’ video package from Monday night.


The announcers talk about Triple H’s comments from Monday night and then we are reminded that Undertaker will respond to Hunter later tonight.


Michelle and Layla come to the ring showing no respect for one of their opponents at Wrestlemania because Layla has Smurf slippers on and Michelle has troll slippers. Both ladies have ‘Snooked’ their hair and tease it with some hairspray as they walk to the ring.


Match Number Three: Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes versus Michelle McCool and Layla


Michelle and Layla start off with some fist pumping but Rosa and Kelly with double leg take downs and they slam their heads into the mat. Kelly and Michelle go to the floor and Kelly sends Michelle into the ringside barrier. Michelle with a kick to the head and Kelly goes down.


Meanwhile in the ring, Layla with kicks while Rosa responds with forearms. Rosa with a clothesline or two. Rosa with a kick and then she suplexes Layla but Michelle breaks up the cover. Rosa hits Michelle from behind and does not realize that Layla got up and Layla with a kick and the Lay Out for the three count.


Winners: Layla and Michelle McCool


After the match, Michelle and Layla have something to say. It is time for some Real Talk. They point out that Wrestlemania is here. Michelle talks about their opponents at Wrestlemania and she brings up Trash Stratus, John Snorison, and Snooki. Layla says that the little meatball Guidette is so famous, but Michelle says that it doesn’t matter because Snooki’s reality is that she might be famous, but she will never be famous and Flawless. Michelle and Layla ‘shore’ it up before they leave the ring.


We go to footage from last week when Big Show and Kane got their chance at the Tag Titles against Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel. Even though Show and Kane did not win the titles, they got some retribution on the champions. Then the rest of the Corre arrived on the scene and they decimated Big Show and Kane, including Wasteland on Show.


We go to commercial.


Match Number Four: Wade Barrett with Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, and Ezekiel Jackson versus Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental Title Match


They lock up and Barrett backs Kofi into the corner. Kofi with kicks and then he tries for a crucifix but turns it into a sunset flip. Kofi with a drop kick for a near fall. Wade with a kick and he tries to Irish whip Kofi but Kingston does a cartwheel followed by a running forearm for a near fall. Kofi with a kick to Wade in the corner. Wade with an Irish whip but he runs into boots from Kofi. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles but he has his back to Wade and Wade kicks Kofi in the leg.


Wade stretches Kofi in the ropes and then Wade with a running boot that sends Kofi to the floor. Barrett goes to the floor and he runs Kofi’s back into the apron. Barrett sends Kofi back into the ring. Kofi with punches and forearms to Wade. Barrett with a Bossman Slam for a near fall. Wade with a knee to the back and then he stretches Kofi again. Wade with a forearm to the back followed by a slam. Barrett goes to the turnbuckles but he misses an elbow drop when Kofi rolls out of the way.


Wade misses a boot and Kofi with chops and a drop kick. Kofi misses the Superman punch and Barrett with a kick and he tries for a pump handle slam but Kofi gets to his feet. Kofi goes into the corner and Barrett charges into a pendulum kick from Kingston. Kofi goes up top for a cross body and he gets a near fall.


Kofi with a kick and then he gets set up for the Boom drop and hits it. Kofi gets ready for Trouble in Paradise, but Jackson and Gabriel get on the apron and distract the referee, allowing Slater to get on the apron on the other side of the ring. Slater’s attempted interference fails and Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Slater, knocking him off the apron.


Kofi tries for Trouble in Paradise on Barrett, but he is too close and Barrett is able to catch Kofi and put him on his shoulders for Wasteland and Barrett gets the three count.


Winner: Wade Barrett


After the match, the Corre celebrate Wade’s victory. Gabriel pulls Kofi into the corner and he goes up top for the 450 splash. After looking around, Justin hits the move on Kingston.


Alberto is in Teddy’s office complaining about the ‘No Contact’ rule that Teddy established for Edge and Del Rio. Alberto tells Teddy that he is not done with Edge yet. He has nine more days until Wrestlemania and that means nine more things he can do to Edge.


Teddy tells Alberto what he told Edge earlier tonight. That is if either man touches the other, they will both be out of Wrestlemania.


Alberto tells Teddy that he does not have the guts to ban him.


Teddy points out to Alberto that there have been twenty-six Wrestlemanias without Del Rio, and he wants Alberto to try him to see if it will be twenty-seven. He tells Alberto to worry about his match with Christian.


Alberto winks at Teddy and leaves.


We go to commercial.


We are back and Did You Know that Smackdown was the most watched program on SyFy for the twenty-fifth straight week? (Can you guess how many weeks Smackdown has been on SyFy?


It is time for the Undertaker to come out to address Triple H. Taker goes to the stage and he says that there is an old saying that goes ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ Triple H has convinced himself that he has the equation on how to eradicate the Undertaker. Hunter talks with confidence in how he will defeat him at Wrestlemania and end the streak. This past Monday, he heard Triple H on Raw and that confidence is starting to fade into uncertainty. Soon, the uncertainty will turn into despair because as the days grow closer to the apocalypse.


An Armageddon of mega-sized proportions, he will realize that the words ‘die trying’ were more prolific than he thinks. It is the words ‘die trying’ that will be the epitaph on his tombstone. Taker says that he is looking forward to Raw this week when he gets to tell this to Triple H, face to face. On 2/21/11, the night that he decided to interrupt him, Hunter’s fate was decided. Taker says that Hunter’s number was chosen. At Wrestlemania, Triple H will put all of his accolades, success, and fame on the line to become a number. That number is nineteen.


We go to commercial.


We are back with the Sin Cara video package.


While Swagger comes to the ring, we see the footage from Monday night when Cole put Lawler in the ankle lock.


Match Number Five: Jack Swagger versus R Truth in a When did Truth go to Smackdown Match


They lock up and Swagger backs Truth into the corner and connects with shoulders. Swagger with a belly-to-belly suplex and he gets a near fall. Swagger with a forearm across the chest and then he kicks Truth in the corner. Truth and Swagger exchange punches but Truth takes over. Swagger with a hard Irish whip. Swagger punches Truth but he runs into a boot from Truth. Swagger misses a charge into the corner and Truth with clotheslines. Truth holds on to the ropes and then he does the Truth dance and Swagger charges at him. Truth drops down and Swagger goes over the top rope to the floor.


Truth with a corkscrew pescado but Truth appears to have injured his ankle on the ringside barrier. Swagger gets into the ring first and Truth goes up top but Swagger knocks Truth off. Truth’s leg gets caught in the ropes and Swagger kicks him. Swagger with a DDT to the leg and then he puts Truth in the ankle lock. Truth taps out.


Winner: Jack Swagger


After the match, Cole leaves his mouse hole and comes into the ring while Swagger still has the ankle lock on Truth. Cole asks Truth how he feels. Cole raps to Truth and then suggests that they do a victory lap.


We go to commercial.


We are back with footage from this week’s Raw when John Cena appeared ‘via satellite’ from Cena’s ‘home’ if his home is the Consol Energy Center. We also see Miz’s promo and subsequent beat down on Alex Riley.


We run through the card for Wrestlemania.


Match Number Six: Alberto Del Rio with Brodus Clay and Ricardo Rodriguez versus Christian with Edge


They lock up and Del Rio with a knee and forearm to the head. Del Rio with a side head lock but Christian with a forearm for a near fall. Christian with a side head lock. Del Rio with a kick in the corner followed by a punch after what appeared to be a clean break. Del Rio with more kicks to Christian in the corner and the referee tries to warn him. Del Rio with an Irish whip but Christian back body drops Del Rio to the floor. Christian goes up top and hits a cross body to the floor.


We go to commercial.


We are back and they are back in the ring. Christian with a kick to Del Rio and then he hits a sunset flip for a near fall. Del Rio with a kick but Christian clotheslines Del Rio over the top rope to the floor. Christian misses a baseball slide and Del Rio sends Christian into the ringside barrier. Del Rio sends Christian into the ring steps. Del Rio gets a near fall when they return to the ring.


Del Rio with an arm bar on Christian. Del Rio with knees and a head butt followed by a kick. Del Rio goes to the turnbuckles and he hits a back senton splash for a near fall. Del Rio punches Christian and then points to the Wrestlemania sign before putting Christian in an arm bar. Del Rio with a knee and then he pulls Christian to the mat by his hair. Del Rio with a kick to Christian.


Del Rio goes back to the turnbuckles but he takes too long and Christian recovers and he hits a Frankensteiner and gets a near fall. Christian punches Del Rio and then hits a running forearm. Christian sling shots to the floor and then he connects with an uppercut. Christian goes up top but he misses a cross body when Del Rio moves out of the way.


Del Rio misses the running enzuigiri and Christian goes to the turnbuckles for the Tornado DDT but Rodriguez puts Del Rio’s foot on the rope. Edge chases after Rodriguez but before Edge can hit Rodriguez, Clay takes care of Edge from behind.


Del Rio with a kick and he sets for the Cross Arm Breaker but Christian escapes and tries for the Killswitch. Del Rio gets loose and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Christian lands on his feet. Del Rio hits an enzuigiri on Christian and Del Rio gets a near fall. Del Rio puts Christian in the cross arm breaker but Christian gets to the ropes.


Christian and Del Rio each go for clotheslines and they are down. Edge with a spear to Clay on the floor and then Edge grabs a chair and he hits Clay with it.


Back in the ring, Del Rio kicks Christian in the arm and then Del Rio sees Edge standing over Clay with the chair and that delay allows Christian to hit the Killswitch for the three count.


Winner: Christian


After the match, Edge puts the chair in the ring and he crawls inside. Edge thinks about hitting Del Rio with the chair but Christian stops him and tells Edge to look at the Wrestlemania sign. Christian isn’t banned from making contact with Del Rio and Christian hits Del Rio in the back with the chair. Edge kneels over Del Rio while Christian makes sure that Edge does not touch him. Edge tells Del Rio that he will be able to touch him at Wrestlemania and it is his destiny.


We go to credits.