NXT October Television Taping *SPOILERS*

One night removed from their Takeover: Respect event, NXT taped the next several weeks of television at Full Sail University at Winter Garden, FL.  The following are spoilers for the next three weeks of broadcasts.  If you want to find out what happened tonight, click on that “Continue Reading” link.  Spoilers are courtesy LordsofPain.net.

If you were at the tapings and have information to add or more details you’d care to share, email me at bwentz@ring-rap.com, or hit me on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.

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WWE Announces NXT Debut of Former TNA Tag Team and World Heavyweight Champion

At the NXT television tapings this evening, a former TNA World Heavyweight Champion and multiple time tag team champion made his debut.  The Cowboy, James Storm, arrived and worked a match against Danny Burch.  The match will air on the October 21 episode of NXT television on the WWE Network.  Hard to say if this is a one-off appearance, an extended deal, or something in between, but those details will surely come out in the days ahead.

This was originally considered spoiler material, but WWE released the following statement:

ORLANDO, Fla. — One night after the critically acclaimed TakeOver: Respect special on WWE Network, NXT has again made waves.

James Storm, an 18-year veteran and former heavyweight champion, made his unannounced debut at tonight’s NXT TV tapings. He competed in a match that will air on NXT on Wednesday, Oct. 21, only on WWE Network.

Storm’s arrival just underscores what the WWE Universe already realizes: You just never know who will show up in NXT

Triple H also re-tweeted a tweet from NXT, showing Storm making his entrance for the match as seen below:


TNA Announces Television Tapings for 2016 Tour of United Kingdom

Today, TNA issued a press release stating that they will be taping television episodes during the January 2016 tour of the United Kingdom.  The UK crowds generally provide TNA with a good atmosphere, so the news is certainly welcome.  Where they air in the US (or if, as the case might be) will all be hinging upon what TNA ends up doing with regard to television after their deal with Destination America expires.

The press release is shown in full below:

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Interview Highlight: Daniel Bryan Speaks on Third Doctor Visit for Concussions, Says He Would Wrestle in the Indies if WWE Does Not Clear Him

Former WWE World Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan sat down with Meghan Sullivan of IGN to talk about a variety of topics.  The full interview is available at this link.  One of the topics they hit on was the current debate regarding his head trauma and concussion history.

Bryan noted that he did have a concussion in April, and that WWE is “very hyper-sensitive about concussion stuff right now.”  Bryan went on to explain that his future is a bit in limbo at the moment, and that WWE is sending him to a third doctor for evaluation.

“One neurologist who specializes in concussions – who was the neurologist for the Super Bowl last year – cleared me with no limitations. All my testing came back excellent. But the WWE’s medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history of concussions and that sort of thing. So they will not clear me. So now, we have two doctors: one saying no, one saying yes. They’re going to send me to a third doctor at some point in the near future and that doctor will decide my fate.”

Bryan noted that he would consider returning to the independent wrestling scene if WWE refuses to clear him.  “John Cena and I actually had this discussion.  He said, ‘if something were to happen to you and WWE, would you go back to doing the indies?’  Absolutely!”

He also noted in the article that he does have second thoughts about returning to the ring if the third doctor advises that he should not do so, which is encouraging to hear.  He also mentioned going to Mexico as the first place he would go if he would return to the independent scene, which is an interesting choice.  The full interview is definitely worth the read.



TNA Wrestling Bound for Glory 10/04/15 Reaction and Results

Due to some previous plans outside of the pro-wrestling world, our coverage of TNA’s Bound for Glory was in “Quick Results” format last night as the show aired live.  Today, I will be covering the show proper, in full, in “virtual time.”  Refresh periodically throughout the day as I update this post – I will try to cover it to completion with minimal interruption.

TNA’s Bound for Glory looks fantastic on paper, and I have avoided all spoilers, so I am looking forward to watching this and hoping it ends up being as strong as I think it could be.  TNA needs a win right now and this could be that win.  Let’s take a look at the card.

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

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TNA Impact Wrestling “Bound for Glory” 2015 Quick Results for 10/4/2015

The following are the quick results for tonight’s TNA “Bound for Glory” pay per view event.  Refresh the page for updates throughout the evening.  The card for tonight’s event is as follows:

  • Kurt Angle vs. Eric Young
  • Bobby Roode (c) vs. Bobby Lashley; TNA “King of the Mountain” Championship
  • Gail Kim (c) vs. Awesome Kong; TNA Knockouts Championship
  • Tigre Uno (c) vs. Opponents to Be Determined; Ultimate X Match for the TNA X Division Championship
  • The Wolves (c) vs. Bryan Myers and Trevor Lee; TNA Tag Team Championship
  • Abyss vs. Chris Melendez vs. Eli Drake vs. Jessie Godderz vs. Robbie E vs. Tyrus vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Mahabali Shera vs Aiden O’Shea; “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, winner gets a TNA World Championship Match.
  • Ethan Carter III (c) vs. Drew Galloway vs. Matt Hardy; TNA World Heavyweight Championship under Triple Threat rules, Jeff Hardy as Special Referee

TNA “Bound for Glory 2015,” Live from Charlotte, NC at Carrabus Arena

After an opening video package to hype the various matches, Josh Mathews and D’Angelo Dinero checked in for commentary.

Match #1 – Tigre Uno (c) def. Andrew Everett,  DJ Z, and Manik to retain the TNA X-Division Championship.  The match was fought under Ultimate X, with Uno kicking Everett away in the end to retain the belt.

Match #2 – Tyrus won the “Bound for Gold” Gauntlet Match, featuring Mr. Anderson, Abyss, Chris Melendez, Jessie Godderz, Robbie E, Eli Drake, and more. Al Snow made an appearance, with Head, and Tommy Dreamer also appeared in this match.  Tyrus eliminated Mr. Anderson to win, then had a confrontational promo with EC3 after the match.

Match #3 – The Wolves (c) def. Brian Myers and Trevor Lee to Retain the TNA Tag Team Championship. Richards hit a superplex on Lee, then they combined for the brainbuster/kick combo finish.

Match #4 – Bobby Roode (c) def. Bobby Lashley to retain the TNA King of the Mountain Championship. Lashley tried for a submission to end it, but Roode countered to the Roode Bomb for the win.  They shook hands afterward.

They had a moment for Earl Hebner being inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame on Saturday night.  Billy Corgan made an appearance and set up a video package to spotlight it.

Match #5 – Gail Kim (c) def. Awesome Kong to retain the  TNA Knockouts Championship.  Kong tried to grab Kim while she was on the ropes, but Kim hit Eat D’Feet out of it and rolled Kong through to pin her.

Match #6 – Kurt Angle def. Eric Young, No Disqualification Match.  Young focused his offense on Angle’s neck, but Angle won with the Ankle Lock by submission.

Match #7 – Matt Hardy def. Ethan Carter III and Drew Galloway to win TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match under Triple Threat Rules, Jeff Hardy as special referee.  This ended when EC3 brought in a chair.  Hardy took it, then jabbed Carter with it and hit him over the back.  Jeff hit the Twist of Fate on EC3, and Matt hit a big running boot on Galloway to pick up the victory.

Drew Koscelek will be by sometime Monday with a full recap of the show in much more detail.  Thanks for checking in for the results tonight!

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UFC 192 “Cormier vs. Gustafsson” Quick Results for 10/3/2015

The following are quick results to tonight’s UFC 192 event taking place in Houston, TX.  Refresh this page for updates!

UFC 192, Live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX

UFC Fight Pass Preliminary Bouts:

Fight #1: Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta by TKO, 1:15 in the 3rd Round

Fight #2: Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso by unanimous decision.

Fight #3: Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino by TKO, 0:57 of the 1st Round.

Fox Sports 1 Preliminary Bouts:

Fight #1 (Women’s Strawweight): Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill by submission at 2:47 in the 1st Round.

Fight #2 (Lightweight): Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev by KO at 1:46 of the 1st Round.

Fight #3 (Welterweight): Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban by TKO at 2:55 of the 1st Round.

Fight #4 (Featherweight): Yair Rodriguez def. Daniel Hooker by unanimous decision.

The broadcasters gave a late push for the main pay per view card, which starts next.

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WWE “Live at Madison Square Garden” Quick Results and Reaction for 10/3/2015 – Team Bella vs. Team PCB, Big Show vs. Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, and More

The following are the results and some reaction to the WWE “Live at Madison Square Garden” event going on tonight.  The event is currently airing on WWE Network, so refresh the page for updates!

WWE “Live at Madison Square Garden,” live from New York, NY

They opened up with a video package, with Rich Brennan and JBL checking in on commentary.  We’re right into the first match, which is a tweak from the advertised card.

Match #1 – Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler def. Sheamus and Rusev (w/Summer Rae).  Late, Orton dodged Sheamus’ attempt at a Brogue Kick and hit the RKO to win.  Afterward, Rusev yelled at Sheamus on the mic, saying he could have won the match alone.  He called Sheamus “as useless as Lana.”  Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on him and told Rusev to kiss his ass.

The fans liked Orton a lot, and he played to them.  Rusev is so misused.

Renee Young interviewed Corporate Kane, who was on crutches.  He says Rollins has his hands full with Cena tonight and that demon guy who is chasing him.

Telegraphing something?

Match #2 – Neville def. Stardust.  A good routine match with a clean finish, but I can’t help but feel that Stardust will get his win back on WWE television this week somewhere in that even-steven booking.

Renee Young interviewed Paul Heyman, who put over how MSG is special.  He talked about how Big Show feels he can walk into MSG like he’s the Celtics.  He says the home team will not be on defense tonight, but instead on offense.  He says that MSG will become Suplex City.

They aired an ad for WWE 24, going behind the scenes at NXT Takeover:  Brooklyn.  They then went to the announcers, who talked about MSG being the house that Bruno Sammartino built.  They moved on to talk about the Divas angle from Raw.

Match #3 – Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox def. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Paige.  Late in this one, Paige sold but tried for a tag.  Becky and Charlotte dropped from the apron, which let Nikki load the Rack Attack to win.  Afterward, Paige said she can’t believe her teammates would do this to her.  She says she doesn’t know if she can forgive them and drops the mic.

This should be on Raw, because Charlotte and Becky continuing to team with Paige makes them look stupid.

They aired footage of Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt from Raw, setting up their match at Hell in a Cell.

Chris Jericho made his entrance to a good reaction.  He cut a promo first, talking about how he worked his first match 25 years ago today.  He pointed out Lance Storm, Don Callis, and Len Olsen.

I wish WWE would have advertised this on weekly television, but they chose not to for whatever reason.  Cool moment for Jericho to get his anniversary match at MSG.

Match #4 – Kevin Owens def. Chris Jericho to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.  Owens tried for a pop-up powerbomb late, but Jericho dodged it.  He tried for the Walls of Jericho, but Owens reached up and poked Jericho in the eye and locked a small cradle for the win.

This was fun, but they needed to have more time to really make it meaningful.  Cool seeing the two of them work together though, and cool to see the acknowledgement of Jericho’s 25 years in the business.

They showed Big Show sulking backstage and hyped the main event.  Then they fed it into a video package highlighting the feud between New Day and the Dudley Boyz

Match #5 – The Dudley Boyz def. New Day (c, Big E and Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods) by disqualification, New Day retains the WWE Tag Team Championship.  New Day cut their typical promo coming to the ring, talking about how the Dudleys wear glasses with no lenses and live in the ’90’s.  They ended with a “save the tables” chant.  The Dudleys got a good reaction coming out to the ring.

Late in this one, the Dudleys hit the 3D on Kingston.  Devon has the cover, but Xavier Woods rushed the ring to break the cover up and cause the DQ.  New Day beat the Dudleys down and set a table up.  Woods played Taps as they set up Devon for a move through the table but Bubba shoved him off the ropes.  The Dudleys hit 3D on Woods through the table.

That was not a good finish given that we’ve seen it before, but it could be that they’re leading to something with it too.  Maybe adding a third man, or taking on all three men of New Day?  I was feeling like they might move the titles to give a more exciting “anything can happen” feel to the show, but they elected not to.

They showed Jon Stewart in the crowd with his son.  They moved on to hype Brock vs. Big Show, which is next.

Match #6 – Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) def. Big Show.   Lesnar shot in for a double leg takedown, but Show stood up to him, dumping Lesnar to ringside.  Heyman and Lesnar laughed it off.  Show hit three straight chokeslams but Lesnar stood up to it.  The mayor of Suplex City checked in, hitting several German suplexes on Show.  Lesnar loaded and hit the F5 for the victory.  Lesnar exited, then came back and hit an overhead belly to belly before hitting the F5 a second time.

Wow, I figured Show got all sorts of momentum after getting some rushed meaningless wins too!  Anyhow, this helps Lesnar look strong going into his showdown with Undertaker at Hell in a Cell.  Makes total sense for Lesnar to destroy the competition here, though we could have used a strong Lesnar vs. Show match like we had seen in the past.

The ominous cage match music played and they lowered the cage for the match between Rollins and Cena.  They recapped Cena losing then regaining the US Championship.

Match #7 – John Cena (c) def. Seth Rollins (WWE World Heavyweight Championship) to retain United States Championship.  Late in this one,  Rollins hit Cena with a low blow.  He scaled the cage, and Kane’s music hit.  Kane made his way to ringside and Rollins was stuck at the top of the cage.   He decided to make a leap, and tried to splash a prone Cena but Cena rolled out of the way.  Cena came back and quickly hit the AA for the victory.

Afterward, Kane got in the cage and shut the door.  Rollins fought him off initially, but Kane hit a chokeslam on Rollins, followed by the Tombstone piledriver.   Kane posed with the WWE Championship belt, then laid it across a prone Rollins.  The announcers put a final hype on the 19,000 attendance and closed the show.

Cena and Rollins put on another good effort as always but Cena has won three times in two weeks.  Hard to get excited about that one no matter how you slice it.  And it’s really odd that the winner in those three matches is the guy holding the SECONDARY championship…not the main one.

Not much to write home about on this special, really – hence the limited coverage.  The main event has been overexposed, though good.  Lesnar vs. Show was nothing like what the men have put on in the past.  I get why they went that way with it – they want Lesnar looking dominant going into his match with Undertaker, but it doesn’t help the event tonight.  I also get that WWE aired one of their “house shows” in this case too – so don’t get on me too much about it.  Still, Beast in the East felt more newsworthy and entertaining than this.

Gotta admit, looking forward to the NXT special on Wednesday more than anything else WWE is putting on right now.  Thanks for checking in on the results!


Ring Rap Audio: 10/03/15 – WWE Raw’s sagging ratings, TNA Bound for Glory Preview, NXT Takeover: Respect, plus more!

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WWE Raw’s rating have hit an all-time low, and something needs to be done to fix the broken mess it has become.  Drew Koscelek and Bill Wentz sit down to take a look at what’s happening in depth, what can be done, and if there’s any hope to save Raw, plus address if the show is worth watching any longer.

Plus, TNA’s Bound for Glory airs on Sunday, and they have built a strong card around a solid main event.  Bill and Drew hash out the show, looking at the card match by match, and offer their thoughts.

Finally, NXT Takeover: Respect airs on Wednesday.  Drew and Bill look at the matches, including the 30-minute Iron Man match for the NXT Women’s Championship.

All this plus more!

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