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WWE SmackDown Results: June 27, 2014

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No Stopping Reigns?

Two nights before Money-in-the-Bank, the 775th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. After Kane destroyed several of the competitors in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match on RAW, WWE COO Triple H added “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” as the surprise eighth participant into the match and Roman Reigns would waste no time in making a statement by dropping Kane with a Spear! Now on SmackDown, the seemingly unstoppable Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane just two nights before they join six other Superstars in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match.

Speaking of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match, Roman Reigns and Kane would not be the only two participants in that match squaring off on SmackDown as United States Champion Sheamus would go one-on-one with the demonic leader of The Wyatt Family, Bray Wyatt, in a non-title match.

Match Results

  • Non-Title: Dean Ambrose def. Bad News Barrett by pin following Dirty Deeds.
  • Non-Title: Paige def. Cameron by pin following the Paige Turner.
  • Non-Title: Sheamus (with The Usos) def. Bray Wyatt (with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) by DQ after Luke Harper interferes.
  • Cesaro & Alberto Del Rio (with Paul Heyman) def. Dolph Ziggler & Rob Van Dam by Rob Van Dam submitting to Alberto Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker.
  • Rusev (with Lana) def. Sin Cara by submission to the Accolade.
  • Roman Reigns def. Kane by DQ after Randy Orton interferes.

Detailed Results

Two nights before Money-in-the-Bank, SmackDown kicks off with WWE COO Triple H, who stands in the ring with Randy Orton and Seth Rollins. Triple H says that, in WWE, periods of time are frequently called “eras” and he thinks this is “The Authority Era”. The COO continues, saying that history will be made this Sunday night when eight men will compete in an eight-man ladder match to become the brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Triple H says that there will also be a traditional Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match before predicting that, after Money-in-the-Bank, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be Randy Orton and the holder of the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase will be Seth Rollins. Triple H then says that, whether they like it or not, that is what is “best for business”. Randy Orton then says that he will ascend the ladder and regain the WWE World Heavyweight Title and he will once again be the “face of the WWE”. Seth Rollins also vows to emerge victorious at Money-in-the-Bank, saying that he will earn himself a guaranteed title opportunity as “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”. Rollins continues, saying that they always have a “plan B” if things do not go right. This rubs Randy Orton the wrong way and Rollins says that it’s not “unthinkable” that Orton will fail to get the job done and Orton fires back, saying that Seth Rollins might fail without Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns watching his back. Triple H says that there is one “constant” that will never change and that is The Authority, telling Orton and Rollins that they must either “adapt or perish”. Triple H then says that Rollins is the “future” and Orton is the “present” and that is the plan. The COO then moves on, saying that the good news is that they are going to see Dean Ambrose, but the bad news is that Ambrose will be going one-on-one with the Intercontinental Champion, Bad News Barrett.

Before they join five other Superstars in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, the opening match of the night would see Dean Ambrose face Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett in a non-title match. In the end, it was Dean Ambrose hitting Dirty Deeds on Bad News Barrett, pinning the Intercontinental Champion to pick up the win. After the match, Jack Swagger & Zeb Colter make their way towards the ring, but Jack Swagger decides to target Bad News Barrett, locking in the Patriot Lock. However, Dean Ambrose dives to the outside, taking both Swagger and Barrett out before using a ladder to attack Swagger. Back in the ring, Ambrose and Swagger continue their brawl before Ambrose takes Swagger to the outside, bouncing Swagger off of the announce table. However, this is when Seth Rollins would strike, attacking Dean Ambrose from behind and sending him into the steel steps. Rollins then rolls Ambrose into the ring, hitting the Curb Stomp on Ambrose.

With her Money-in-the-Bank opponent, Naomi, a guest on commentary, Divas Champion Paige would go one-on-one with Cameron in a non-title match. In the end, it was Paige hitting the Paige Turner on Cameron en route to picking up the win. After the match, Naomi would get in Paige’s face, but Cameron would attack them from behind, shoving Paige into Naomi and, when Paige turns her back, Cameron shoves Naomi into Paige. This sparks an argument between Paige and Naomi as Cameron looks on approvingly.

Two of the eight men in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match would collide on SmackDown as United States Champion Sheamus, with The Usos in his corner, went one-on-one with Bray Wyatt, with Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in his corner, in a non-title match. In the end, it was Luke Harper attacking Sheamus to bring an end to the match. After the match, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan would tend to Bray Wyatt, but would get taken out by The Usos on the outside. Shortly after this, Bray Wyatt would narrowly avoid the Brogue Kick from Sheamus as The Wyatt Family backs off from a fight with Sheamus & The Usos.

With Paul Heyman a guest on commentary, four of the men in the two major ladder matches this Sunday were in action as Dolph Ziggler would team with Rob Van Dam to face Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio. In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the Cross Armbreaker on Rob Van Dam, forcing RVD to tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Alberto Del Rio would get in the face of Cesaro and Paul Heyman and would receive the Neutralizer for his troubles.

“The Super Athlete” was in action on SmackDown as Rusev, with Lana in his corner, went one-on-one with Sin Cara. In the end, it was Rusev locking in the Accolade, forcing Sin Cara to tap out to pick up the win. After the match, Big E would confront Rusev, knocking “The Super Athlete” out of the ring.

Then it was time for the main event as Roman Reigns would go one-on-one with “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane. During the match, Roman Reigns would size Kane up for the Superman Punch, but Randy Orton would rush the ring, attacking Roman Reigns. However, Reigns would fight back, hitting the Superman Punch on Randy Orton before walking right into a chokeslam from Kane. Kane would then grab a ladder, setting it up in the middle of the ring before glaring at Randy Orton, backing away from the ladder. With Kane holding the ladder, Randy Orton would cautiously climb to the top, retrieving the two title belts hanging above the ring in what could be symbolic of this Sunday! Kane then disposes of the ladder as Randy Orton holds the title belts high before Orton catches sight of Roman Reigns getting to his feet. Orton would then go for the punt, but Reigns would pop up, drilling Orton with the Spear before dodging Kane and leveling “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” with a Spear, as well! Roman Reigns then stands tall, holding the WWE World Heavyweight Title belts high.

What did you think of this week’s SmackDown? Post your comments in the box below.


Cassidy is a long-time wrestling fan, having watched professional wrestling from the age of 6. Strictly a fan of the WWE, Cassidy has been contributing to Wrestling 101 as a writer and editor for more than 5 years, specializing in WWE show reports. When he is not watching wrestling, Cassidy spends his free time gaming, as well as watching and uploading YouTube videos.


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WWE Money in the Bank 2014 preview

After a second fine reign, current champion Vacant is coming to the end of their brief WWE title run. Tonight we crown a new Champion, along with a new MitB Briefcase Holder. If WWE hadn’t broken my damn heart 4 weeks ago I’d probably give a damn about that. Bear with me while I psyche myself up to plow through this whole shebang one more time. You could be about to see a man break down mentally through the course of one article. Strap in folks.

So I’ll level with you, the only WWE programming I’ve watched since the night after Payback (which I can’t bring myself to speak about yet) has been NXT. Oh NXT, you are still my one glimmer of hope in this bleak world of cookie cutter Sports Entertainers.

If you read my articles, you’ll know that The Shield were my last bastion of hope in WWE still having at least one employee behind the scenes who knew what they were doing. And then the night after Payback happened. WWE split The Shield (admittedly Seth has come away from it looking TREMENDOUS) but more importantly, WWE split up my 20-something year relationship with them. They broke my heart and I’m having trouble getting past it. I can’t bring myself to watch their TV, even the bits I should like. It’s just too painful. I’m going through a difficult time here folks, I think we should just get on with some predictions…

Big E vs. Rusev

One of the things I have kinda missed has been Rusev’s entrance music (along with Lana’s “look at my ass” entrance). From having a scan of spoilers and show reviews it looks like this is being shipped as Big E finally making a stand against Rusev because dagnabbit Big E just loves him some America. Big E seems like an unusual choice but DC bought up a great idea over on the TalkWrestlingOnline Forums.

What if we say this angle is based on Rocky 4. If Rusev is the Ivan Drago-esque big bad Russian villain, does that make Big E the Apollo Creed ready for a Rocky to step up after him. DC suggested Jack Swagger, which isn’t a bad shout actually. The “We The People” schtick was still over last time I watched, so why not reference Jack being an All-American American a little more and set him and Rusev against each other?

Since I haven’t been watching, I can’t go into any great detail, so I’ll just call this as I see it from what I know of how folks were being booked up until now. It’ll probably be wrong, and no doubt I’ll say some stuff where you’re all “huh?” about it, but if you’re a regular reader those are probably familiar reactions at this point anyway.

Who I want to win: Rusev. I quite enjoyed him smashing and crushing. And Lana, I always enjoy Lana.

Who I think will win: Rusev more than likely. I’m assuming he’s still on his initial monster run, so I can’t see Big E being the man to stop him.

Summer Rae vs. Layla
(w/Special Guest Referee Fandango)

Last I saw, Summer Rae was back from filming, and she attacked Layla for stealing away Fandango. Based on that I’m assuming this match is the inevitable love triangle match with both Divas vying for Fandango’s affections?

Well. I have no interest in that whatsoever. I like Layla, I have no real grudge against Summer Rae, I just have no interest in them fighting it out over Fandango. On the one hand it’s actually giving Divas something other than a title match at a PPV, which is never a bad thing, but on the other hand it’s indicative of WWE’s slopping booking of the ladies. Maybe “sloppy” is the wrong word, perhaps “lazy” is more apt? We’ve seen the whole two girls fighting over one guy thing before, is that really the best they can come up with for the Diva’s Division? It’s a similar kind of affair with Emma. She’s a ditzy comedy wrestler at heart, so they just have to pair her up with Santino and rehash a romance angle AGAIN.

In fact the only refreshing thing for me in the Diva’s Division recently has been Brie Bella being the one to decide to give up her job. She took Daniel Bryan’s big decision out of his hands and stood up to the bosses herself. I actually thought that was really nicely done. But beyond that there’s been nothing for the women whatsoever. No wonder AJ isn’t bothered about coming back anytime soon.

Who I want to win: The Divas as a whole by benefitting from some better booking.

Who I think will win: I dunno, probably Layla with a little help from Fandango, turning Summer face just in time to start promotional duties for her upcoming appearance in The Marine. But I don’t care about any of those things. Apathy FTW!

WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige © vs. Naomi

So are WWE booking Paige correctly yet, or is she still being made to look like a flukey newcomer? I hope it’s the former, because if it’s the latter they need to knock that off immediately. Paige has wrestling since she was 14 years old, which makes her already waaaay more experienced than the majority of the other Divas, and it’s about damn time WWE realised that.

But instead it appears that she’s been given yet another 30 day opponent to fill the gap until either Creative actually figure out something proper for her, or AJ returns (which probably isn’t happening any time soon).

I guess I’d be remiss to not mention the potential breakup of the Funkadactyls here. Which in my opinion is good thing. Brodus Clay is gone, they’ve already jobbed the holy heck out of Xavier Woods. The Funkadactyls just aren’t required anymore, so probably the best thing to do would be to let Ariane/Cameron be the despicable worthless heel of a human being that Total Divas fans already know she can be. Girl bye.

Who I want to win: Paige. But again, as our Anti-Diva Paige, not this flukey noob version of Paige they seem insistent on using.

Who I think will win: Paige. Probably by Cameron turning on Naomi and costing her the match, so then we can have 6-8 weeks of Funkadactyl fallout. Yay, cant you just feel my enthusiasm?

Stardust & Goldust vs. RybAxel

Okay, so one of the things I did catch on YouTube was the debut of Stardust. I’m unsure of what to make of it. I like Cody Rhodes, and I really enjoy his character work. In fact, his run as a supposedly disfigured monster/supervillain was one of my favourite things about his work up until now. I just can’t help feeling that Stardust is a waste of a talented guy, unless it does lead to the obvious brother against brother storyline further down the line. As a short-term thing I have no real problem with it, provided it leads to bigger and better things for Cody on the horizon.

One of the benefits of avoiding the main roster shows for the last 4 weeks has been a complete lack of RybAxel in my life. It’s been…well, wonderful quite frankly, to not have them stinking the place up. And since I have knowledge of their last 4 weeks, there’s not really much I comment on, other than assuming they are still as awful as ever.

Who I want to win: Goldust & Stardust. Logic dictates this is the initial honeymoon period for the team, and Curtis Axel and Ryback should never win anything. Ever.

Who I think will win: Goldust & Stardust.

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos © vs. The Wyatt Family

How have Jimmy & Jey been getting on as Tag Champs? They’re something else that I’ve genuinely missed from not tuning in for the past month. I’d called for ages to see either The Usos or Harper & Rowan as tag team champs, so obviously they decide to make it happen right when I give the least amount of f*cks about WWE that I have for years. Thanks you contrary b*stards.

Are the Wyatts still feuding with Cena? Because that was also one of the coffin nails that finally killed my enthusiasm for all things WWE. I’m sincerely hoping that giving a bit of focus to Harper and Rowan means that they’re moving away from Cena and on to other things. All the interaction with Cena actually hurt the Wyatts in my opinion, took them off the boil, and if I’m anything to judge by, killed a lot of the enthusiasm drummed up for the Wyatts in the preceding weeks. They need to do something to recapture that initial spark, and all the singing of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” won’t do a jot to help. If anything, I was getting pretty sick and tired of having that forced on us too by the time I stopped watching. So lo and behold, what does my buddy show me yesterday? A YouTube clip of Harper and Rowan making their entrance to a harmonica version of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”. Damnit.

You’d have to think that it’s logical for the Wyatts to win here, but then I haven’t seen that much of Jimmy & Jey’s tag run, so they could just as easily keep the titles on the champions and extend this out until SummerSlam kind of time.

Not that it really matters, because unless things improve I won’t be watching any of it.

Who I want to win: I’d actually be okay with either of these teams winning. I still like The Usos, I still like The Wyatts (for the most part) either of these teams would make for good tag team champions…until The Ascension finally arrive…

Who I think will win: I think we stand a possibility of The Usos retaining, and the feud being dragged out to SummerSlam before it’s blown off.

Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett vs. Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Dolph Ziggler

Okay, so firstly we have to address the Barrett situation, and I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news (I don’t even care if that joke has already been done to death). Barrett’s separated his shoulder, and therefore will mostly likely not be in tonight’s ladder match. I feel bad for Wade, mainly because events always seem to transpire to take him out just as he’s on the cusp of something good. I hope he recovers quickly and isn’t missing for too long, he’s got a whole bunch of momentum built up recently and it’d be a shame to see it fizzle out due to another injury.

Okay, now on to Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The breakup of The Shield is still painful to me, so I’m gonna have to leave it to this recreation to sum up what happened:

In all seriousness it was superbly done, but I’m still all kinds of mad at the one beautifully booked faction of current day WWE being brought to a crushing finale. Admittedly I do love Seth coming out now looking like some kind of supervillain, and Dean Ambrose finally getting to embrace his James Dean/Rebel Without A Cause side, but the break up of my Hounds of Justice still hurts me to my core.

So who are we looking at becoming our next Mr MitB? To be honest, the more important question is will they actually be booked correctly following their briefcase win? For years we’ve seen the briefcase winner jobbed out to make their cash in seem more “surprising”, but all it really does is make them look weak before they take the title. Just once could we go back to a Mr MitB in the ilk of Edge or Van Dam where they are actually made to be somewhat of a big deal just for being able to capture the briefcase in the first place? Is that really too much to ask? Luckily, we have the possibility here of there being an inbuilt story that could (in my humble opinion) really top off The Shield split angle into something special.

So who is gonna be Mr MitB? Well my instant guess would be Seth Rollins. Looking down the list, Kofi is there for the highspots, Swagger is there for the strongman spots, Van Dam for an extreme vibe, and Ziggler for the manic bumping and selling, so really that leaves it down to Seth and Dean.

I think what would be best coming out of this (if I was booking it anyways) would be for Seth Rollins to take the briefcase out of the grasp out Dean Ambrose in some suitably nefarious manner. But that isn’t the end of it. Do you think Ambrose would just let that go? I want WWE to do what I called for them to do with Rhodes and Sandow last year. As soon as Seth wins the briefcase, Ambrose becomes his shadow. Every time Seth even thinks about trying to cash in, Ambrose is there ready to screw the whole thing up for him. I want Rollins to win, only for Ambrose to deny Seth his personal quest for glory. Seth broke up The Shield to go out and become his own man, Dean Ambrose is going to do everything the crazy sonuvabitch can to stop that from happening. It writes itself.

So there you go WWE, I defy you to follow through with something cool for the MitB winner this year. I double dog dare you to have the nuts to actually push someone from the new generation of superstars properly.

Who I want to win: Seth, Dean, and I totally wouldn’t be opposed to Ziggler grabbing the briefcase again.

Who I think will win: Probably Seth Rollins, but purely under the provision that Dean Ambrose beasts him for the next few months.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match
Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena vs. Kane vs. Sheamus

So let’s lay one thing out here from the get-go. This isn’t a case of “If Cena Wins We Riot” for me. This is a case of “If Cena Wins, I’m Done With WWE”. Seriously. If we see Cena or Orton leaving tonight with the titles, then it shows (in my opinion) that WWE have no real concern with trying to prepare a new generation for greatness when they can just do what they always do, and resort the title back to Cena or Orton in times of “well we don’t know what else to do”.

We’ve seen Sheamus, Cena, Orton, Del Rio, and Kane have their title runs before, we know what they can do with a championship, so why not try something/someone new?

Now Bray is one of those characters where I actually feel he doesn’t need a title run at the moment to validate himself. Bray is much more concerned with winning a battle of hearts and minds with the WWE Universe to be bothered about things such as glory, prestige, and the other trappings of fame that come with the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Bray Wyatt should not be competing for the title until it actually means something. I’d expect a Bray Wyatt title hunt to come with a great storyline and the typically brilliant Wyatt promos as he stalked a babyface champion over a prolonged period of time. Wyatt winning the title in a ladder match just doesn’t seem to make sense to me?

So that leaves us with two options. Cesaro or Reigns. I’d be happy with either of those. I guess in the grand scheme of storylines Reigns would make the most sense? Imagine the roar that would go up if Reigns pulled those titles down, only for a recently briefcased up Seth Rollins to hit the ring? And then imagine Dean Ambrose hitting the ring to deny Rollins his immediate cash in attempt? And there’s your summer storyline right there.

Not to take anything away from Cesaro, I just feel that WWE potentially has something pretty special on their hands here, and if they handle it right it could be a licence to print money for them right through until Survivor Series time. Or at least when Bryan heals properly and returns. And that’s the beauty of it, if WWE use this angle, then it gives Daniel Bryan plenty of time to heal properly and not have to worry about rushing himself back too soon.

I know there are folks out there who think it’s “too soon” for Reigns, but I don’t see why. The guys on a hot streak right, he’s over as rover with crowds, the ladies love him, the storyline is right, the circumstances are right, he’s already had the year of his career, why not continue the push and give him the straps?

Who I want to win: Reigns. Just do it WWE. Give us some kind of hope for the future.

Who I think will win: It really needs to be a next generation guy, not Cena, not Orton, not Kane, not Del Rio, not Sheamus. My heart full of hope really wants to think WWE will be brave enough to pull the trigger on Reigns, or shock us all by letting Cesaro go over and show what he’s capable of. But then my head overrules that by reminding me that current WWE have no real desire to try anything new and inspiring while they’re still taking in money from the same old hackneyed, yawn-inducing booking they’ve trotted out for the last decade.

So there you go, I fumbled my way through some predictions for you. I may see you all next month, unless WWE continue to further slap me in the face through the medium of “Cena Wins LOL”.

Feel free to leave me some comments below, or join in the discussion over at the TalkWrestlingOnline Forums. As for me, well I’m off to watch MitB 2011 and cry into my Best In The World shirt…

Chris Blackwood

You might recognise Chris as his alter ego, “His Highness of Flyness” Lucian L. Jones. Or you might not. All you need to know is Chris has been a wrestling fan as long as he can remember (which is the middle of last week, incidentally). He has a thing for racist sweets, swears entirely too often, and once upset Alex Shane by telling him he didn’t expect to make a living from wrestling.

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Interview: Brodus Clay


Brodus Clay was one of eleven WWE Superstars that were recently released from the company. The 6 foot 8 inch, 350 pounder from Pasadena, California had two spells in WWE. He finally made it onto the main roster during his second run after coming through the NXT television series order russian bride.

Clay would become The Funkasaurus along with the Funkadactyls before teaming up with Tensai forming the team of Tons of Funk.

We caught up with Brodus to talk about his WWE highlights, what Vince McMahon is like as a boss, his recent WWE release, his future plans and much more.


Before becoming a professional wrestler you were a bodyguard for Snoop Dogg, what was that like?

As a bodyguard I worked with a crew and we covered a lot of different clubs. Snoop had a manager Kevin Barkey who I used to work with and he told Snoop about me and they were at a club one night and I started working with them. I began moving up the ladder and I ended up with one of the top spots and travelled with Snoop everywhere, I also helped coach Snoop’s football team and we won a championship together, I was actually coach of the year that year.

Snoop was a great boss and I was very lucky to have him as a boss. I’ve worked as a bodyguard for all kinds of people, I worked with Rick Ross, I’ve done some pretty solid stuff working with the owner of Saddle Ranch and some top executives.

Snoop has made several appearances on WWE television, is he a big wrestling fan?

Oh yeah, Snoop is a die-hard wrestling fan and he always wanted to do more. I think one of the regrets I have is that we never actually got to work together because that would have been fun. We did the Hot Pockets campaign together which was pretty cool but it would have been nice to perhaps tag together and have a WrestleMania 1 like moment. Now I am going on to pastures new that is something I could look at later on down the road.

Is your ring name Brodus Clay a play on Snoop Dogg’s real name?

Yeah, Clavin Broadus is his real name and when I asked him if I could go back to WWE for the second time that is the deal we came up with, it just kind of took off from there.

How did you then make the transition from being a bodyguard to a wrestler?

Technically I never actually quit working for Snoop, he just let me go and wrestle. I’ve been a wrestling fan for as long as I can remember, since I could walk and talk, I’ve been watching wrestling. I had a couple of opportunities and called the old WCW Power Plant, like every other pro wrestling kid did at one time, and the other, I went up to Canada for a tryout at a wrestling school up there but it didn’t really work out.

It was actually when I was working at Saddle Ranch where I got my break. One night Tommy Dreamer showed up with Chris Masters and a couple of other talent, and being a big ECW fan I quickly sort out Tommy Dreamer, I gave him the red carpet treatment, I got him a big table overlooking the dance floor. A fight broke out at the venue and the guys fighting were really small but one of them decided to hit me which was really funny, I ended up picking both of them up by their belts and carrying them out like suitcases.

Tommy found this hysterical and told me I should do that on TV, I thought he was joking around but he told me he was a part of talent relations and involved in the hiring of talent for WWE. In return I told him I was talent relations for Saddle Ranch and that he had a job and he ended up working the rest of the night, throwing guys out and breaking up fights. He was just a really cool individual and he was exactly what I thought he would be like – he called me about three months later and arranged a try-out for me and that’s where I met Bill DeMott. Bill ran me into the ground but I never quit and he said he saw something in me and he put in a word for me and I ended up in WWE developmental in Atlanta.

Who were some of the wrestlers you enjoyed watching when you were younger?

Oh man, I remember trying to style my hair like Butch Reed, I loved Butch Reed. Ron Simmons, I was a big fan of, I was a huge fan of ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, I loved guys like, Haku, The Islanders, Piper, Cowboy Bob Orton, ‘Mr. Wonderful’ Paul Orndorff, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, and Andre ‘The Giant’ when he was a heel. There are so many guys, I loved them all, I just really enjoyed watching wrestling.

What were your first experiences like in WWE developmental territories DSW and FCW between 2006-2008?

It was just eye opening, different styles, I remember coach DeMott and Dave Taylor in Deep South and then in FCW it was Steve Keirn, Dusty Rhodes and Dr. Tom Pritchard. It was different styles and different philosophies which was really good for me, I got a lot of ring time and I got to work a lot of different characters. I thought I was ready to go but the writers just didn’t have anything for me and it began to get really frustrating, and the next thing I know I was released.

My time at both of those developmental territories was really good and I learnt a lot, as far as I was concerned I led my dream, I got to wrestle at a couple of house shows.

You mentioned you were a big fan of Dusty Rhodes whilst growing up, what was it like having the opportunity to work with him and learn from him?

Working with ‘The American Dream’ was awesome because he wasn’t like a wrestling trainer, he was more like a director and producer. His whole thing was, who are you? what are you? he wanted you to entertain people and tell a story, he was very deep like that. He got more out of stories that he was telling than any arm drag, he told a story and he told it so well, and that is one of the things I’ve emulated from him. I’ve always been a really good story-teller, I didn’t go to him much but when I went to him it was always very helpful.

Ironically days before I got released I was very frustrated and I went up to the Performance Centre to roll around and just smell the ring and be in the ring a little bit and Dusty was just sat there listening to his music and relaxing. I just went and sat with him and I told him I was frustrated but they won’t take away my love of wrestling and he told me I just haven’t painted my canvas yet and I have to stay the course and do my thing. I don’t know if he is some sort of prophet but the next day when the release happened I was mentally prepared and he was right, if I wasn’t happy doing what I was doing where I was doing it then maybe I need to do it somewhere else.

What was it like when you returned to WWE in 2010?

When I returned in 2010 and went back to FCW it was a completely different place. During my original run we were training in a basement with no air conditioning and everybody relied on each other. When I came back there was a state of the art TV studio, three rings, and all kinds of trainers and writers, it was completely different, I didn’t recognise the place. Steve Keirn along with Norman Smiley and Dr. Tom did a really good job of turning that place around and making it into something special.

You were a part of the fourth season of NXT, what was that experience like and getting to work with Ted DiBiase and Alberto Del Rio?

I loved NXT because it gave me a chance to show that I was more than just a big guy. It enabled me to prove that I could work, that I could talk, that I could tell a story. Myself and Johnny Curtis (Fandango) had a pretty good feud. It was great working with Alberto Del Rio and Ted DiBiase, you can’t get much better than him, but there were so many good guys.

NXT was a great platform because there was no plan, you went out there and threw balls, I just loved it. Me losing NXT is the best thing that could of happened because I went out there and cut that promo and people still talk about it. As a monster, big guy and a heel, I did my job, making them feel for Johnny but making them hate me at the same time. I’m very proud of that body of work.

What was it like when you made it onto the main roster as The Funkasaurus with the Funkadactyls, Naomi and Cameron?

That was a lot of fun, it was definitely a challenge, I was scared to death initially of doing it because I had trained to be an aggressive monster heel but they threw a curve ball at me and I had to deliver. I went to see the Dusty Rhodes and we sat down and spoke about the character and we danced to Moves Like Jagger and we figured it out after that.

What have you made of Naomi and Cameron in Total Divas?

Naomi and Cameron are two of the most talented divas in WWE, so if they have a show about divas you can’t make it without those two girls.

You teamed up with Tensai as Tons of Funk, what was that experience like?

Tensai was an amazing competitor, and us tagging together was fun. He is just so smart and he has one of the best minds in the business in my opinion, so we had a lot of fun working together. He is just a tremendous big guy.


You eventually got to become a heel during your singles run, was that something you enjoyed?

By the time we got to the point when Tensai and myself split up, I was really frustrated and I didn’t like the whole Xavier Woods thing, riding on our coat tails. Just the whole way we were being treated and not being featured, getting snubbed, I was angry and it was upsetting.

What was it like returning to NXT and wrestling Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship?

Adrian Neville was an aggressive opponent and I really enjoyed getting to work with him. Adrian was a great competitor and I enjoyed throwing him around but he stood up to me and I enjoyed that.

That new Performance Centre down there is amazing, the guys coming in there today, they have all of the tools to succeed, they have everything – perhaps even too much. I kind of like being in the down and dirty dungeon and scratching my way to the top but that is an awesome place.

Who were some of the up and coming guys in NXT that caught your eye?

Sami Zayn, he is just incredible, Cory Graves before his injury I thought he was amazing. The Divas division down there in NXT is probably the best in the world, there is a lot of talented people down there who will be worth looking out for but those are the two that really stood out from the crowd for me.

During a recent set of NXT tapings at Full Sail University, the crowd began chanting for the recently released guys names, how does that make you feel?

The NXT crowd, they kind of grew with us as we progressed through the ranks, that crowd is actually part of the show, it is like they are one of the characters in the show. I appreciate that, it’s pretty cool that they did that, it’s a nice sentiment, but I guess they were just doing it to heckle the guys in the ring, so don’t give the fans too much credit because they’re just a bunch of heels!

What were some of your personal highlights from your time in WWE?

Easy, wrestling Edge was one of them, my matches with Heath Slater are some of my all time favourites, tagging with Santino Marella. I’m just really grateful I got to work with many great guys like Jack Swagger, Damien Sandow, Dolph Ziggler was one of my favourite guys to work with – Dolph suplexed me, but it was just a great bunch of guys to work with.


How did you find out about your WWE release this time around?

They just called me, just like a girlfriend would to break up with you. They just call you and say sorry but it’s just not working out and you’ve got to move on.

What was Vince McMahon like as a boss?

He is the boss, he was a gentleman, he tells you exactly what he thinks, if he likes it, he tells you you’ve done a good job, if he doesn’t like something he lets you know about that as well. I got on really well with the agents there as well, Mike Rotunda, Dave Finlay, Arn Anderson, Dean Malenko, Jamie Noble, and Road Dogg, it was just really good getting to work with all of those guys as well, I always respected the chain of command.

Do you think we could see you back in a WWE ring one day or perhaps even TNA?

TNA and Japan are definitely things that are on my list, there are also many great indy organisations out there. Rumour has it Jeff Jarrett also has something going on with his new promotion Global Force Wrestling, so there are a few different options but I’m open to offers and my door is always open, I’m definitely not done and I’m going to keep on working hard.

With regards to returning back to WWE, I don’t control those things but I’m going to treat it like I did last time I was released by WWE and keep on working hard and moving forward, I will put it behind me and move onto other things. You can never say never in wrestling, but at the moment my mind is set on doing my own thing.

For more information on Brodus Clay you can follow him on Twitter @BrodusClay


Josh Modaberi

Joshua Modaberi graduated from Southampton Solent University in 2010 with a Sports Journalism degree. Currently working as a freelance sports and entertainment journalist he has interviewed many wrestlers including World Champions and Hall of Famers. A lifelong WWE fan who has also enjoyed TNA, WCW, ECW as well as NJPW and AAA. When he’s not supporting Tottenham Hotspur he loves a bit of stand up comedy.

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WWE RAW Results: June 23, 2014

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No Fear.

Six nights before Money-in-the-Bank, the 1100th edition of WWE Monday Night RAW came to you, live, from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. On last week’s Main Event, Seth Rollins revealed that there will be a traditional Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match at this Sunday’s event and Rollins also revealed that he is the first Superstar to be entered in the match. In his weekly interview with Michael Cole, WWE COO Triple H confirmed Seth Rollins’ announcement and, on RAW, the six men who will join Seth Rollins in the seven-man ladder match for a guaranteed WWE World Heavyweight Title shot will be revealed!

After a surprising victory over Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett in a non-title match on SmackDown, “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler would get his shot at the gold as Ziggler challenges Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Title on RAW.

Match Results

  • Luke Harper (with Erick Rowan) def. Jimmy Uso (with Jey Uso) by pin following the Discus Clothesline.
  • Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso) def. Erick Rowan (with Luke Harper) by pin following the Superfly Splash.
  • Naomi (with Cameron) def. Alicia Fox by pin following a reverse DDT.
  • Bo Dallas def. Titus O’Neil by pin following the Bo Dog.
  • Seth Rollins def. Rob Van Dam by DQ after Dean Ambrose interferes.
  • Intercontinental Championship: Bad News Barrett (c) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the Bull Hammer Elbow to retain.
  • Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) def. Kofi Kingston by submission to the Patriot Lock.
  • Big E def. Damien Sandow by pin following the Big Ending.
  • 4-on-3 Handicap Match: John Cena, Roman Reigns, & Sheamus def. Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, & Alberto Del Rio (with Paul Heyman) by Sheamus pinning Cesaro following the Brogue Kick.

Detailed Results

With ladders populating the stage, ramp, and ringside area, RAW kicks off with a fully-recovered Stephanie McMahon as the WWE Principal Owner makes her way to the ring. Stephanie says that if there is one thing she cannot stand, it is “gross negligence”, addressing SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero and saying that Vickie could not do the simple task of getting her a cup of coffee. Stephanie then orders Vickie Guerrero to come to the ring and “face the consequences” and the GM nervously makes her way to the ring. Vickie says that she is so sorry for what happened to Stephanie last week, saying that she knows who tampered with Stephanie’s coffee, saying it was Roman Reigns. Stephanie says that she and Triple H gave Vickie very simple instructions and that was to not allow Roman Reigns to compete in the battle royal last week. Stephanie then says that, not only did Roman Reigns compete, but he won the battle royal and will be in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money-in-the-Bank. Vickie promises Stephanie that it won’t happen again and Stephanie tells Vickie that she is “damn right” that it won’t happen again. Stephanie then tells Vickie that, for nine years, Vickie has been “riding the coattails” of her late husband, Eddie Guerrero, saying that they took “pity” on Vickie and, since they could not make her a Diva, they hired her as a General Manager. Stephanie continues, saying that Vickie could not even do her job as a General Manager correctly and, while Eddie deserves the respect of the fans, Vickie does not. Stephanie then begins to tell Vickie, “you’re fired”, but Vickie cuts the Principal Owner off, saying that she will do “anything” and will even “beg”! Stephanie takes Vickie up on her offer, ordering Vickie to beg for her job and Vickie gets on her knees, pleading with Stephanie. Stephanie then tells Vickie to stand up, calling Vickie “pathetic” before giving Vickie two options, saying that she can either fire Vickie Guerrero here tonight or Vickie can keep her job as SmackDown General Manager. Stephanie then adds that Vickie will only get to keep her job if she can win her match tonight, but Vickie argues that she is not a competitor. Stephanie asks if that is Vickie’s resignation, but Vickie quickly changes the subject, asking Stephanie who her opponent will be and Stephanie reveals that Vickie’s opponent will be Stephanie herself! Stephanie begins to say that Vickie doesn’t have the “guts” to face her, but Vickie stands up to her boss, saying that there is one name that people respect more than McMahon and that is Guerrero! Vickie then gets in Stephanie’s face, saying that if there is one thing that Eddie taught her, it is how to “lie, cheat, and steal” before accepting Stephanie’s challenge, throwing the microphone down, and storming out of the ring!

Before they defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against The Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank, The Usos were on RAW as Jimmy Uso, with Jey Uso in his corner, would face Luke Harper, with Erick Rowan in his corner, in the opening match of the night. During the match, a brawl would break out between Jey Uso and Erick Rowan on the outside, distracting Jimmy Uso long enough for Luke Harper to hit the Discus Clothesline, pinning Jimmy for the win.

After seeing his brother defeated at the hands of Luke Harper, Jey Uso would challenge Erick Rowan to an impromptu match and Rowan accepts and the match gets underway. With Jimmy Uso taking Luke Harper out on the outside, Jey Uso would hit the Superfly Splash on Erick Rowan, pinning Rowan for the win. After the match, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan would attack, tossing one of The Usos out of the ring before Harper blasts Uso with a big boot. Harper & Rowan then target the remaining Uso on the outside as Harper takes Uso out with the Discus Clothesline. Harper & Rowan then stand in the ring, holding the WWE Tag Team Title belts high.

With Divas Champion Paige a guest on commentary, Naomi, with Cameron also a guest on commentary, would go one-on-one with Alicia Fox on RAW. As tensions rose at ringside between Paige and Cameron, Naomi would hit a reverse DDT on Alicia Fox en route to picking up the win. After the match, Paige would get on the ring apron, holding her Divas Title belt high above her head, shaking the hand of Naomi.

The self-proclaimed “inspirational” Bo Dallas was in action on RAW as the undefeated Bo Dallas would go one-on-one with Titus O’Neil. In the end, it was Bo Dallas taking down his larger opponent with the Bo Dog en route to picking up the win. After the match, Bo Dallas would tell Titus O’Neil that he is “nine and Bo”, but Titus would slap the microphone out of his hand. However, Bo would retrieve the microphone, claiming that the microphone slipped out of his hands before telling Titus, “Don’t stop Bo-lieving”.

After the announcement was made last week that there will be a traditional Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match this Sunday at Money-in-the-Bank and that Seth Rollins would be entered into the match, WWE COO Triple H would appear on RAW to announce the six remaining competitors in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. Triple H says that he does what is “best for business” and that is not just an “empty catchphrase” and that is why he made the traditional Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match for this Sunday night. The COO then explains that the winner of the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match will earn the briefcase hanging high above the ring and, inside that briefcase, is a contract for a guaranteed shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at any time that its holder sees fit that can be cashed in at any time for the next year. Triple H continues, saying that the Money-in-the-Bank contract allows its holder to “write his own future”, reminding everyone that Seth Rollins has already been placed in the match. The COO then says that everyone he has selected to compete in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match has earned their spot because putting them in the match is what is “best for business”. Triple H then announces that Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, & Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrrett will join Seth Rollins in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. Triple H then says that the man that he knows will win the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match will be none other than the “future” of WWE, Seth Rollins. Seth Rollins then makes his way to the ring, joining WWE COO Triple H, who hands Rollins the microphone. Seth Rollins says that he has “moved on” from what he did to Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns three weeks ago, saying that he is responsible for all of their success. Rollins continues, saying that he dropped the “dead weight” and that he “created” The Shield, so he had every right to “destroy” The Shield. Rollins then says that, alone, he will climb the ladder and grab the briefcase, then they will have no choice but to call him “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank”. Rob Van Dam then interrupts, saying that he gets the feeling that Triple H and Seth Rollins do not take him seriously. Rollins tells RVD that he would take him even more seriously if this was 2005 and RVD fires back, saying that, in 2005, Rollins was asking his parents if he could stay up late so he could watch RVD compete because he wanted to become a wrestler. RVD then reminds Rollins that he is a former Money-in-the-Bank winner and a former WWE Champion, saying that he knows that Triple H remembers when RVD crushed his trachea at the very first Elimination Chamber Match back in 2002. RVD continues, saying that is “lame” to talk about the past before challenging Seth Rollins to an impromptu match right now! With a smile on his face, Triple H accepts the challenge on Seth Rollins’ behalf, calling for a referee to come out to call the match.

In an impromptu match requested by Rob Van Dam, “Mr. Monday Night” Rob Van Dam would go one-on-one with the self-proclaimed “Architect”, Seth Rollins, on RAW. In the end, Seth Rollins would hit the Curb Stomp on Rob Van Dam, but Dean Ambrose would storm the ring, pummeling Rollins in and out of the ring before referees rush out to pull Dean Ambrose off of Seth Rollins. However, Dean Ambrose would break back through the line of referees, again getting his hands on Seth Rollins before referees finally restrain Dean Ambrose, giving Rollins the chance to escape. Dean Ambrose then grabs a microphone, saying that they might as well put him in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match because, if they don’t, he is just going to show up anyways, saying that he will beat Seth Rollins down, take the briefcase and leave the arena with it, vowing that he will ruin the entire pay-per-view! Ambrose then says that he is coming to the Money-in-the-Bank pay-per-view and he is not coming to “play nice”.

Backstage, Seth Rollins confronts WWE COO Triple H, saying that Dean Ambrose will do whatever it takes to screw him out of the Money-in-the-Bank contract, pleading with the COO to put Dean Ambrose in the match. Rollins explains that he needs to be able to have eyes on Dean Ambrose at all times and he especially wants to see the look on Dean Ambrose’s face when he wins the Money-in-the-Bank contract. Triple H tells Seth Rollins that, if this blows up in Rollins’ face, it will be on Rollins. Rollins assures Triple H that he’s “got this”, telling Triple H to give him Dean Ambrose. With a smile on his face, Triple H gives Seth Rollins what he wants and adds Dean Ambrose to the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match!

The Intercontinental Title was on the line on RAW as Bad News Barrett would defend the Intercontinental Championship against “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler six nights before they take part in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. At the end of an incredible title match, it was Bad News Barrett catching Dolph Ziggler in mid-air with the Bull Hammer Elbow, pinning Dolph to successfully retain the Intercontinental Title.

Then it was time for Vickie Guerrero to not only take back her dignity, but keep her job as the SmackDown General Manager, coming out to her late husband Eddie Guerrero’s entrance theme, walked to the ring with confidence to go one-on-one with WWE Principal Owner Stephanie McMahon. With Vickie in the ring, Stephanie McMahon comes out, lacking her ring attire. Stephanie informs Vickie that their match is not going to take place in the ring, gesturing to a pool full of a mysterious brown substance, saying that the first competitor to get thrown into the pool will lose the match and, if Vickie loses, she will be fired. Stephanie then calls for backup as Layla, Rosa Mendes, & Alicia Fox make their way towards the ring and Vickie quickly exits the ring before the damage can be done. However, Vickie turns around to realize that Stephanie is blocking her only exit before Layla, Rosa Mendes, & Alicia Fox get a hold of Vickie and drag her towards the pool while Stephanie continues to taunt Vickie. The three Divas try to toss Vickie into the pool, but Vickie manages to knock Layla & Alicia Fox down before shoving Rosa into the pool. Covered in the mysterious goo, Rosa retreats to the back as Layla charges at Vickie, but Vickie sidesteps Layla and sends her into the pool as well, followed shortly by Alicia Fox! Vickie then celebrates her triumph before Stephanie catches Vickie from behind, knocking Vickie into the pool. As Vickie stands in the pool in disbelief, Stephanie informs Vickie that she is “fired”! Vickie then exits the pool as Stephanie continues to taunt Vickie, but Vickie turns around to face the Principal Owner and Stephanie quickly realizes the position that she is in. Vickie then grabs the most powerful woman in WWE and tosses her into the disgusting pool! After making her last moment a memorable one, Vickie Guerrero does the vintage shimmy of her late husband before pointing to the heavens and leaving WWE on a high note. Stephanie then struggles to flop her way out of the pool, taking the time to shove a referee into the muck as another referee gets her a towel.

Before they join Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Dam, & Dean Ambrose in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match this Sunday, Kofi Kingston would go one-on-one with Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner. In the end, it was Jack Swagger locking in the Patriot Lock on Kofi Kingston, making Kofi tap out to pick up the win.

Dressed in his best Abraham Lincoln attire, Damien Sandow would go one-on-one with Big E on RAW. In the end, Big E would hit the Big Ending on “Honest Abe” en route to picking up a dominant victory. After the match, Big E would take issue with Rusev & Lana and Lana would come out to address Big E, distracting Big E long enough for Rusev to attack Big E from behind as “The Super Athlete” beats Big E down before locking the Accolade in on Big E.

Then it was time for the main event as, in a rematch from SmackDown, the seven participants in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money-in-the-Bank would be in action as John Cena would join forces with Roman Reigns and United States Champion Sheamus to face the team of “The Viper” Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, with Paul Heyman in his corner, and Alberto Del Rio in a 4-on-3 Handicap Match. At the end of a wild match, it was Sheamus catching Cesaro with the Brogue Kick, pinning Cesaro to pick up the win for his team. After the match, “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” Kane would inexplicably make his way to the ring where Sheamus waited, ready for Kane. Before entering the ring, Kane would pick Roman Reigns up at ringside, tossing Reigns into the barricade before entering the ring, blasting Alberto Del Rio with a big boot and planting Sheamus with the chokeslam. After catching John Cena with an uppercut, Kane would pick Alberto Del Rio up and plant Del Rio with the chokeslam. Kane with then do the same to John Cena, leaving bodies all over the ringside area. With Kane standing in the ring, WWE COO Triple H comes out, standing next to Randy Orton as Triple H announces that Kane will be added as the eighth man in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match! However, Roman Reigns would come out of nowhere with a Spear to Kane, leveling “The Devil’s Favorite Demon” before glancing back at Triple H & Randy Orton!

What did you think of this week’s RAW? Post your comments in the box below.


Cassidy is a long-time wrestling fan, having watched professional wrestling from the age of 6. Strictly a fan of the WWE, Cassidy has been contributing to Wrestling 101 as a writer and editor for more than 5 years, specializing in WWE show reports. When he is not watching wrestling, Cassidy spends his free time gaming, as well as watching and uploading YouTube videos.


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"Celebrating Champions: 2014 Special Olympics USA Games" to Air on FOX Sports 1 This Monday, June 30 at 7 pm ET

World Wrestling Entertainment is principally engaged in the development, production and marketing of television and pay-per-view event programming and live events and the licensing and sale of consumer products under its brands. Co. has four business segments: Live and Televised Entertainment, which sells tickets to live events and merchandise at live events; Consumer Products, which sells home videos products, publishes magazines and includes other products such as video games, toys and books; Digital Media, which includes advertising sales and sales of merchandise and various broadband and mobile content on its websites; and WWE Studios, which distributes filmed entertainment.

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Strategy To YieldBoost World Wrestling Entertainment From 4% To 22.5% Using Options

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Strategy To YieldBoost World Wrestling Entertainment From 4% To 22.5% Using Options
Stock Options Channel Staff – Tuesday, June 24, 11:44 AM

Shareholders of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE) looking to boost their income beyond the stock’s 4% annualized dividend yield can sell the January 2015 covered call at the $13 strike and collect the premium based on the $1.25 bid, which annualizes to an additional 18.5% rate of return against the current stock price (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost), for a total of 22.5% annualized rate in the scenario where the stock is not called away. Any upside above $13 would be lost if the stock rises there and is called away, but WWE shares would have to advance 9.1% from current levels for that to happen, meaning that in the scenario where the stock is called, the shareholder has earned a 19.6% return from this trading level, in addition to any dividends collected before the stock was called.

In general, dividend amounts are not always predictable and tend to follow the ups and downs of profitability at each company. In the case of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc, looking at the dividend history chart for WWE below can help in judging whether the most recent dividend is likely to continue, and in turn whether it is a reasonable expectation to expect a 4% annualized dividend yield.

Below is a chart showing WWE’s trailing twelve month trading history, with the $13 strike highlighted in red:

The chart above, and the stock’s historical volatility, can be a helpful guide in combination with fundamental analysis to judge whether selling the January 2015 covered call at the $13 strike gives good reward for the risk of having given away the upside beyond $13. (Do most options expire worthless? This and six other common options myths debunked). We calculate the trailing twelve month volatility for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (considering the last 252 trading day closing values as well as today’s price of $11.91) to be 72%. For other call options contract ideas at the various different available expirations, visit the WWE Stock Options page of

In mid-afternoon trading on Tuesday, the put volume among S&P 500 components was 684,901 contracts, with call volume at 1.62M, for a put:call ratio of 0.42 so far for the day. Compared to the long-term median put:call ratio of .65, that represents very high call volume relative to puts; in other words, buyers are preferring calls in options trading so far today. Find out which 15 call and put options traders are talking about today.

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Wide points win for Murray

Martin Murray: Routine win in Monte Carlo

Martin Murray: Routine win in Monte Carlo

Martin Murray moved towards a world middleweight title shot by cruising to a wide points victory over Max Bursak in Monte Carlo.

The St Helens fighter was never in trouble over 12 rounds and was handed the decision by all three judges, who scored the bout 119-109, 119-109, and 117-112.

Ukrainian hope Bursak, who lost to Jarrod Fletcher last time out, struggled to impose himself and never looked comfortable with the tempo set by the busy Briton.

Although Murray rarely threatened to knock his 29-year-old opponent out, he easily dictated the exchanges and moved closer to sealing a date with divisional kingpin Gennady Golovkin later this year.

The 31-year-old secured the WBC silver middleweight title by beating Bursak but will be keen to finally secure a more illustrious belt at the first available opportunity, having been denied twice in controversial circumstances in recent years.

In December 2011, Murray caused Felix Sturm all sorts of problems on the latter’s home soil only to see the German retain the WBA title by way of a draw and was then on the wrong end of another decision in April 2013, when he knocked down and arguably edged then-WBC champion Sergio Martinez.

WBA champion Golovkin is expected to retain his title and his unbeaten record when he faces Daniel Geale on July 26, with Murray’s promoter Rodney Berman standing by to begin negotiations.

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‘I will fight Floyd’

Amir Khan after his win over Luis Collazo

Amir Khan after his win over Luis Collazo

Amir Khan insists the widely-touted fight between him and Floyd Mayweather Jnr will happen – though his next showdown could be against Manny Pacquiao.

Khan was close to a shot at Mayweather earlier in the year but the American opted to fight Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas instead.

Before the pound-for-pound king extended his unbeaten record against Maidana, Khan showed his class with an impressive victory over Luis Collazo on Mayweather’s undercard.

That victory has put Khan back in the hunt for a showdown with Mayweather but such a date with destiny will have to wait until next May as Khan will be observing Ramadan when the American plans to next step into the ring.

“The fight between me and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen one day. As long as I keep winning and putting on great performances, it is definitely going to happen.”

Amir Khan

In the meantime Khan hopes a deal can be agreed to fight Pacquiao in November or December.

“We want to fight the big guys the top names in boxing,” Khan told Ringside. “The next time that I want to fight is around November or December. Ramadan is coming up so I am going to spend time at home and enjoy that month.

“I am looking at the likes of Marquez and Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather – they are the big names and that is where I belong fighting the top guys. There are talks about Manny Pacquiao happening in the future – may be next. So I have left my team, Al Hayman and my team Khan Promotions to do everything.

“The fight between me and Floyd Mayweather is going to happen one day. As long as I keep winning and putting on great performances, it is definitely going to happen. But I cannot do September because of Ramadan. The next time that it could happen is in May. I can fight then so it could be Floyd’s next fight after September.”

Khan’s fight against Collazo was his first bout at the full welterweight limit and his first contest for over a year.

The move up in weight was just one of a number of recent changes for Khan, including linking up with trainer Virgil Hunter and signing a deal with Mayweather’s promoter Al Haymon. And in four weeks ago he became a father for the first time.


All of which he is relishing, and he credits the guidance of Hunter a major factor in his recent progress in the ring.

Klitschko to face Pulev

Wladimir Klitschko: Will defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev in September

Wladimir Klitschko: Will defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev in September

Wladimir Klitschko will defend his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev on September 6, the Ukrainian announced on Thursday.

Pulev will travel to Germany to face the 38-year-old at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg with Klitschko’s WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight belts on the line.

The Bulgarian is the IBF’s mandatory challenger and is undefeated in 20 fights, with 11 of his wins coming by way of knockout.

A statement from Klitschko on his official website read: “I will be fighting IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev on September 6th in the o2 World Hamburg, Germany.

“The Cobra is a challenge for me with his record of 20 wins (11 by KO) and no losses. Last year he clearly won his fight against my former opponent Tony Thompson on points.

“So there is definitely no reason to underestimate him. I am looking forward to this challenge and can’t wait to start my training camp to prepare for the next step of my mission.”

Both fighters won on their last outings with Klitschko beating Australian Alex Leapai inside five rounds while Pulev stopped Croatia’s Ivica Perkovic after three.

The winner of the all-British heavyweight clash between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will look on with interest with the victor set to be installed as the WBO’s mandatory challenger for the title.

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