Monthly Archives: September 2015

WWE Confirms Big Name for Monday's RAW In Boston

This October, on WWE Network, Brock Lesnar takes fans on the Go to Hell Tour, including a brand new stop in Boston on Monday Night Raw this Monday, October 5.

Then, this Saturday at 8 ET/5 PT, watch the historic special Live from MSG: Lesnar vs. Big Show as The Beast Incarnate returns to Madison Garden for the first time in over a decade to battle The World’s Largest Athlete. On Oct. 19 immediately following Raw, The Beast will step behind the mic and answer questions from The Texas Rattlesnake in a live, no-holds barred interview on a brand-new Stone Cold Podcast. Finally, on Oct. 25 at 8 ET/5PT, the fiercest rivalry in recent memory will continue at Hell in a Cell when Lesnar clashes with The Undertaker in Satan’s Playground!

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Titus O'Neil Fan Visit Video, Paige And WWE On The O2 Arena, Kelly Kelly's Show, WWE Stock

– Last night’s episode of “WAGS” on the E! network, which features former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly, drew 739,000 viewers. This is up from last week’s 370,000 viewers and the previous week’s 678,000 viewers. As noted, “WAGS” has been picked up for a second season and the finale will air next week.

– WWE stock was up 1.75% today, closing at $16.90 per share. Today’s high was $17.00 and the low was $16.50.

– WWE UK and Paige are among those featured on top of the O2 Arena for their support of the “Wear The Rose” campaign to benefit England Rugby. Below is a GIF:

@WWEUK Thanks for your #WearTheRose support. You made it onto The O2’s roof. http://t.co/vkjcQP7xRa pic.twitter.com/NbDGq2ANvc

— O2 Sports (@O2sports) September 30, 2015

– As noted, Titus O’Neil flew to Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday after the WWE SmackDown tapings in Albany, New York to hang out with 10 year old Elijah, who is fighting cancer for the fourth time. The two previously met and Titus has kept in touch with the fan. Titus posted this video today:

Traded @baschbrenner Son Elijah @MonsterProducts 24k Headphones 4a #CancerSucks bracelet ?? seems even to me???? pic.twitter.com/fOHRIvwpty

— Titus O’Neil (@TitusONeilWWE) September 30, 2015

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How Did The WWE Total Divas Season Finale Do?, Breakdown Of Season Four Viewership

– Last night’s WWE Total Divas season four finale drew 1.158 million viewers on the E! network, according to ShowBuzzDaily. This is a big jump from last week’s 795,000 viewers.

Below is a breakdown of viewers for season four:

July 7th – 975,000
July 14th – 1.031 million
July 21st – 995,000
July 28th – 1.083 million
August 4th – 1.012 million
August 11th – 1.176 million
August 18th – 1.031 million
August 25th – 920,000
September 1st – 1.020 million
September 8th – 1.143 million
September 15th – 804,000
September 22nd – 795,000
September 29th – 1.158 million

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WWE Confirms Big Name For Monday's RAW

As noted, Brock Lesnar has been added to Monday’s WWE RAW in Boston. WWE confirmed the appearance today with this updated blurb for the “Go To Hell” tour:

This October, on WWE Network, Brock Lesnar takes fans on the Go to Hell Tour, including a brand new stop in Boston on Monday Night Raw this Monday, October 5.

Then, this Saturday at 8 ET/5 PT, watch the historic special Live from MSG: Lesnar vs. Big Show as The Beast Incarnate returns to Madison Garden for the first time in over a decade to battle The World’s Largest Athlete. On Oct. 19 immediately following Raw, The Beast will step behind the mic and answer questions from The Texas Rattlesnake in a live, no-holds barred interview on a brand-new Stone Cold Podcast. Finally, on Oct. 25 at 8 ET/5PT, the fiercest rivalry in recent memory will continue at Hell in a Cell when Lesnar clashes with The Undertaker in Satan’s Playground!

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Former WWE Developmental Manager Says Brock Lesnar Bullied Him One Night After A Show

In the video above, former WWE developmental manager Kenny “Starmaker” Bolin talks with Bill Apter of 1wrestling.com and says Brock Lesnar “absolutely bullied” him after an OVW live event. Bolin talks about how he did Lesnar’s first media appearance when Lesnar came to OVW and they hung out often. Bolin says he thought he and Lesnar were friends but found out otherwise after an OVW live event. Bolin said:

“So the show ends, the fans are out and Brock Lesnar’s girlfriend, who he’s engaged to, who had been to my house 100 times, who I had hugged 100 times, and who I had kissed on the cheek 100 times. Well this particular night I didn’t hug her or kiss her because I was soaked in sweat so bad I wouldn’t put anybody through that including my worst enemy. So I did the “Hollywood thing” (motioned a kiss towards her cheeks). Never touched her and it wouldn’t have mattered if I did in my eyes. Here comes Brock Lesnar through the door, he’s on the ring crew. Brock comes through the door and says, “Get your hands off my woman Bolin.” So I’m thinking, “The show is over Brock, no need to carry on anything here.” I said, “Oh OK Brock, nothing out of me.” Playing along with him for whoever he’s trying to entertain.

“He says, “I mean what I say. Get your hands off her you son of a b—h.” I looked at him and I said, “Are you serious?” Then he goes on a bit of a cussing rant, telling me what he’s going to do to me if I ever touch his wife-to-be again. I said “Number one, I never touched her. Number two, I’ve kissed your woman on the cheek 100 times before and it never bothered you, what is your problem?” Now he comes over and gets in my face. I’m going, “What the heck is the matter with this guy?” So he’s nose to nose with me. He says, “You ever touch her again and I will f–king kill you. I said, “Alright Brock, point made.”

“Then his girlfriend says, “Brock leave him alone, he never touched me.” He turns to her and says, “Shut up b—h, I ain’t talking to you.” So now she’s hot. He looks at me again and I said, “You’re out of line pal. He takes his hand and pie-faces me. The worst thing I did is I didn’t go down. It pissed him off that I did not go down. My son loses it. He’s going, “Oh God, dad’s going to get killed. He runs downstairs, gets Sylvester Terkay, runs him back up. Terkay comes charging in, gets in Brock’s face and says, “Hey if you want to fight somebody, why don’t you fight somebody your size that’s capable of fighting you.” He says, “You wanna fight? Fight me.” Brock looked at him and walked away. So that’s where Brock was then as opposed to where he is now, because now that might be a different story.”

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AXS TV Showing NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 In Five Installments, Jim Ross Commentary Not Included, More

The relationship between AXS TV and New Japan Pro Wrestling continues to benefit American wrestling fans, as the network announced they’d be showing a replay of the annual spectacular. The showing will take place over five weeks of the NJPW on AXS show, and will feature commentary by Josh Barnett and Mauro Ranallo. Jim Ross and Matt Striker originally did commentary on the event live on pay-per-view.

See Also: Josh Barnett Talks Possibly Going To WWE Or TNA, Ronda Rousey, Fedor’s Return, UFC, More

You can see AXS TV’s full announcement below.

“As the home to NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING, AXS TV has acquired the promotion’s action-filled 2015 pay-per-view event “Wrestle Kingdom 9.” This special edition will feature all 10 matches from the celebrated annual event, including an entire episode dedicated to the headlining rematch between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and rival Kazuchika Okada. The 10 matches will be broadcast over five consecutive weeks starting Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with commentary from Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett.

NJPW’s biggest annual event, “Wrestle Kingdom” takes place every Jan. 4 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Last year’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9” counted over 36,000 fans in attendance and featured a number of high-stakes clashes, including battles for IWGP Heavyweight, Intercontinental, Junior and NEVER Openweight Championships.

AXS TV’s presentation of “Wrestle Kingdom 9” kicks off with two junior heavyweight matches Oct. 9 starting with a four-way match for the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship followed by Ryusuke Taguchi defending his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title against Kenny Omega. Then, on Oct. 16, Tetsuya Naito and A.J. Styles face off in a singles match before Tomohiro Ishii defends the NEVER Openweight title against Togi Makabe.

NJPW’s “Wrestle Kingdom 9” continues on AXS TV Oct. 23 with three full matches: first the Bullet Club squares off against Tomaoki Honma and veteran tag team Tencozy in a six-man tag team match; then MMA legends Kazushi Sakuraba and Minoru Suzuki face off in a special single match; and Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows put their IWGP Tag Team Championship belt on the line against Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata.

NJPW airs an hour early Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT featuring an epic eight-man tag team match before Kota Ibushi challenges Shinsuke Nakamura for his IWGP Intercontinental Championship title. AXS TV wraps up “Wrestle Kingdom 9” with the anticipated main event between IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and his rival Kazuchika Okada Nov. 6.

AXS TV’s NJPW episodes are produced by and acquired from TV ASAHI CORPORATION.

The episode listings are as follows:

Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship four-Way Match – Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish; KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley; Rocky Romero and Alex Koslov; and Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship – Ryusuke Taguchi versus Kenny Omega
Oct. 16 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Tetsuya Naito versus A.J. Styles
NEVER Openweight Championship – Tomohiro Ishii versus Togi Makabe
Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima and Tomaoki Honma versus the Bullet Club (Jeff Jarrett, Back Luck Fale and Yujiro Takahashi)
Special Single Match – Kazushi Sakuraba versus Minoru Suzuki
IWGP Tag Championship – Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows versus Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata
Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT

Toru Yano, Naomichi Marufuji, Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste versus Takashi Iizuka, Shelton X Benjamin, Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship – Shinsuke Nakamura versus Kota Ibushi
Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

IWGP Heavyweight Championship – Hiroshi Tanahashi versus Kazuchika Okada”

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Paige On Paul Heyman Or The Authority, More On Neville Using The 450, WWE Night Of Champions

– We noted recently that Neville has been using the 450 Splash as his finisher a lot more lately, instead of Red Arrow. This is apparently just done at non-televised WWE live events as fans expect Neville to go up for the Red Arrow but he ends it with his secondary finisher instead.

– According to WrestlingDVDNetwork.com, the 2015 WWE Night of Champions DVD Extras include an interview with The Dudley Boyz as well as the pre-show match with The Lucha Dragons and Neville vs. The Ascension and Stardust. There will be a special edition of the DVD released for UK and European fans. That edition comes with an event poster and a Topps trading card.

Paige answered a few questions on Twitter today and was asked if she would rather be a Paul Heyman Girl or an Authority Girl. Her response is below. Paige also noted that she was getting to see her mother, Saraya Knight, today so it’s possible she will be on the next season of Total Divas.

@HeymanHustle girl for sure. https://t.co/0P8eIfNkI3

— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) September 30, 2015

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Former World Heavyweight Champion Reportedly Offered A Deal For A Shoot Fight In October

Former World Heavyweight Champion Vader has been offered $5,000 to do a shoot fight in October for an un-named promotion here in the United States. No word yet on which promotion made the offer but we do know it was not one of the major MMA or fight leagues.

As of Monday, Vader was reportedly still contemplating the offer. We’ll keep you updated on any information that becomes available.

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Michael Cole Talks About What Led to Him Losing 65 Pounds, Before and After Photo

– We noted recently that Michael Cole dropped 65 pounds in 11 months. He has a new interview on WWE’s website where he reveals he lost the weight with the help of his trainer, Jesse Marines of jmprogram.com, who Cole credits for his dramatic weight loss. Cole commented on what led to the transformation:

“It was the perfect storm. All factors came together at once last October; getting older, being on television on a weekly basis, my metabolism slowing down, being unhappy when I looked at myself in the mirror and my energy wasn’t what it used to be. I was climbing mountains, and the big mountain that we tried to climb was Grand Teton in Wyoming. We got snowed off the mountain at 12,500 feet and even if we didn’t get snowed off, I knew inside that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the climb. I knew I wasn’t in shape to do it. All of those things combined made me realize that I needed to make some life changes.”

Cole also commented on where he’s at now:

“I started at 226 pounds with 29.9 percent body fat and as of today, 11 months later, I weigh 169 pounds with 6.5 percent body fat. I was down 65 pounds, but I’ve put on a little weight because we changed my diet and added some calories. I feel better now at 48 years old than I did at 21 years old.”

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​Backstage News On The Identity Of The WWE ‘Tech’ On Monday’s RAW, WWE Stock Rises Yesterday

— EVOLVE’s Anthony Nese played the WWE tech who Bray Wyatt threw into Roman Reigns during their match on RAW.

WWE’s stock closed at $16.61 yesterday, up $0.08 (0.5%) from yesterday’s closing price.

Also read: ​WWE Stock Rises Yesterday, The Reason Why Seth Rollins Missed Comic-Con, Chris Jericho News

— Daria Berenato, who was on Tough Enough, will be joining fellow alums Patrick, Tanner, Mada and Chelsea at this weekend’s PWS show. The show takes place in Union, New Jersey. You can find out more here.

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