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TNA Impact Wrestling 03/13/15 – EC3 vs. Rockstar Spud Hair vs. Hair, Young vs. Roode Last Man Standing, Magnus vs. Bram, plus more!

Hey everyone!  TNA Impact is back again for another two hours, and it’s shaping up to be a solid night of action.  Some big matches tonight, so let’s check it out.

Tonight’s episode of Impact is about friendships turning into rivalries, and the opening intro does a fine job of illustrating it.  The last words – There will be blood.  From what I hear, that will be an accurate statement.

We’re in Manchester, England.  We’re opening up with the Last Man Standing Match.  It’s refreshing to see TNA open up with a match instead of a lengthy promo.

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The WWE NXT Report: 03/12/15 – Itami vs. Breeze, Amore & Cassady vs. Lucha Dragons, Carmella vs. Bliss, Alex Riley returns, plus more!

This week’s episode of NXT wasted no time in getting straight to it.  A hot tag match to open the show?  An audience that is into the product and cares?  They’re not trying to get themselves over, either – they’re contributing.

And contribute they shall, as Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady faced The Lucha Dragons in the opening bout.  Audience chants of “Bonafide stud!  Certified G!” brought a smile to my face, and the Dragons even got some boos – not because they’re no good, but because people are that into Enzo and Cass.  What a hot finish it was too!  The match was fun, had good action, and everyone was enjoying it.  Seeing Enzo and Cass pick up the win felt right, too.

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Ring Rap Audio: 03/10/15 – WWE Raw Review, Matt Hardy Re-Signs with TNA, Connor “The Crusher” Michalek Gets the Warrior Award, Bill DeMott Steps Down as Lead Instructor for WWE, plus lots more!

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We have just a few more WWE Raws to go before it’s time for Wrestlemania, and it seems like WWE just figured that out.  Lots of story progression in the lastest episode, but is it too little, too late?  What is working?  What isn’t?  Drew and Bill crack open Raw in detail to take a look further.

Plus, Matt Hardy has inked a new deal with TNA Wrestling.  Is this a good move for him?  For them?

WWE announced a new wing of the Hall of Fame, and will be awarding the Warrior Award to Connor “The Crusher” Michalek, a young boy that recently passed away from terminal cancer.  Is this just a PR stunt, or is it more?  And, is WWE handling it appropriately?

Plus, an in-depth look at Bill DeMott’s resgination from WWE as the head trainer, following a number of ongoing accusations.

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WWE Smackdown Results for 03/12/15 (Spoilers)

WWE is filming Smackdown this evening in Detroit, Michagan, for airing on Thursday, March 12th, 2015.  We will have results/spoilers for the event at soon as they are available.

If you are attending the event and would like to contribute, please contact me at dkoscelek@ring-rap.com.  Thanks!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 3/9/2015 – Wiz Khalifa Performs, Brock Lesnar Scheduled to Appear, John Cena Pursues a Match With Rusev, Will Randy Orton Turn on the Authority, and More

The Road to Wrestlemania runs through the Steel City as Raw rolls into Pittsburgh, PA tonight.  Hometown rap artist Wiz Khalifa is slated to appear and perform on the show tonight.  But in terms of wrestling, John Cena is continuing to press Rusev to get a rematch at Wrestlemania for the US Championship.  Tonight, Rusev is slated to defend that title against Curtis Axel, but will Cena do something to force Rusev’s hand?  Also, Brock Lesnar is slated to appear tonight.  How will he address his challenger, Roman Reigns?  Also, will the continued slow burn of Randy Orton and Seth Rollins take a dramatic turn tonight, or will it continue to simmer?

Show Open, Live from  Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA

Then, Now, Forever.   The show opens with a recap of last week’s main event between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.  They highlight Randy Orton getting involved to help Rollins get the win.

Live in the New Igloo, Randy Orton’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring.  Cole calls him the “Apex Predator” as the Authority is shown in the ring greeting him with an ovation.  Lukewarm reaction from Pittsburgh.  Seth Rollins and Randy Orton will take on Roman Reigns in a handicap main event.  Cole gives us the attendance and says Wrestlemania season is here and we can feel it.  Well, not really.

Kane says that they could have done this privately before the show started but they wanted to do this publicly to prove to everyone who doubted he was with the Authority. “As the director of operations, it’s my duty to welcome you back to the Authority.”

Big Show starts to talk but Pittsburgh cuts him off. “It’s ignorant people like you that make me mad when I’m trying to make a point.”  He tells Orton that when he looks at him that he sees the most talented, sadistic, ruthless superstar he has seen.  He says Orton would RKO his own father if he stood in the way of something he wanted.  He welcomes Orton back to the Authority “where you belong.”

Noble gets a mic and Rollins tells him to “tell him.”  Noble says he’s proud….then says Orton is a snake that can’t be trusted.  Rollins says he’s always been the sensitive one.  He talks to him in a kid voice and then says that Noble and Mercury are thrilled to have him back.  Mercury doesn’t say anything either, and Rollins says “they’re J&J Security, not J&J Public Speaking.”

Rollins says that everyone is saying the same thing – Orton is not part of the Authority.  He says that Orton is biding his time to get his revenge on Rollins.  Pittsburgh cheers, but Rollins says they must feel like the biggest idiots on the planet.  He says it’s because Rollins and Orton are side by side in the same ring as proud members of the Authority.

Pittsburgh starts an RKO chant that Rollins plays into.  Rollins says the fans weren’t alone and all the members of the Authority had some doubt.  “No one really cares what the Big Show thinks…”  Rollins tells Show to take it easy and plays it as a joke.  Rollins says they’re back together as a happy family, and they shake hands.

Rollins asks the fans to stand up and pay respect to one of the most decorated champions in WWE, “and my partner in tonight’s main event,” Randy Orton.  Orton gets the mic after some cheers.  He calls it touching and kind.  He says he felt it in the bottom of his heart.  “But it left me thinking something.”

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TNA Impact Wrestling 03/06/15 – Angle vs. Roode vs. Young for the Number One Contendership, Wolves vs. Revolution for the Tag Titles, Terrell vs. Awesome Kong for the Knockouts Title, and more!

TNA Wrestling is in Manchester, England, for Impact Wrestling, and it’s a stacked card!  We’ve got a Triple Threat for the #1 Contendership to the TNA Heavyweight Championship, plus The Wolves vs. The Revolution for the Tag Titles, and Taryn Terrell defends the Knockouts Title against Awesome Kong.

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Ring Rap Audio: 03/03/15 – Samoa Joe Rumored to Sign with WWE, Rey Mysterio with AAA, Alundra Blayze to the Hall of Fame, WWE Raw, Ring of Honor’s 13th Anniversary Review, plus lots more!

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Lots of news this week, with much of it breaking just before recording. Let’s get started, shall we?

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Report for 3/2/2015 – The Road to Wrestlemania, Roman Reigns’ Road Continues, John Cena Pursues Rusev, Jon Stewart Appears, and More

Wrestlemania happens later this month, and we’re “full speed ahead” heading to the Grand Stage.  Last week, Paul Heyman confronted Roman Reigns, putting him over but reminding Reigns that Brock Lesnar is the greatest of all and a beast.  How will Reigns prepare for Lesnar?  Seth Rollins appeared on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” and confronted him.  Tonight, Stewart makes an appearance on Raw.  Will he help set Randy Orton up with an opportunity to attack Rollins?  And will John Cena continue to pursue Rusev and get him to agree to a rematch of their Fast Lane encounter at Wrestlemania?

Show Open, Live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ

Then, now forever.  The Raw intro leads us into tonight’s broadcast and into a pyro filled Prudential Center.  Cole tells us that it’s 27 days until Wrestlemania, and that it’s a sold-out crowd tonight.  Seth Rollins’ music hits, and here he comes to a chorus of boos with J&J Security in tow.

As Rollins comes to the ring, they recap how Rollins interrupted his “Moment of Zen” on The Daily Show.  Rollins smirks at the video footage.  JBL says Stewart better not show up.  Rollins says he has received word that Stewart has wrapped up his show and is indeed on his way to Raw.  Rollins gives him a warning:  Unless he’s on his way to beg for forgiveness, he should just turn around.  He says it’s not a “Jerry Lawler/Andy Kaufman situation.”

He says he plans to show the world that he can do Stewart’s job better than he can.  He says he is the future, Mr. Money in the Bank, and the shining jewel of the Authority.  “Unlike the Daily Show, where they give away their tickets for free, every person in those seats paid to see me.”  Roman Reigns’ music hits.

JBL wonders what the “hothead” Reigns wants.  Cole reminds us that Reigns will fight Brock Lesnar in 27 days for the title.  Reigns gets in the ring with a smile on his  face, to boos from the Jersey crowd.  Reigns tells Rollins not to stop and says he wanted to come out and hear everyone tell Rollins he sucks live.  Boos from some, “you suck” chants from others.

Rollins continues, and says he is worth more than Michael Jordan.  He says he can out work everyone – he can out talk Jon Stewart, out rap Wiz Khalifa – addresses the What chant –  and out eat Mark Henry.  He says he can outwrestle Reigns and will be the next World Heavyweight Champion.

Rollins interrupts Reigns and says “I know what you’re going to tell me, you think you’re going to be the next World Heavyweight Champion.  Well, Jersey agrees with me, you can’t beat Brock Lesnar.”  Rollins says Lesnar is an unstoppable force, and while Reigns can’t beat him, Rollins can.  Cheers from some.

Reigns tells Rollins he had his shot at Royal Rumble and didn’t get the job done.  Reigns goes on to ask him if he is man enough to cash in his MITB contract and make the main event a triple threat.  Rollins says he might be.  He might also be man enough to wait til Reigns and Lesnar wear each other out “and cash in on whoever is left standing.  Or, I could wait til the Raw after Wrestlemania.  Or, I could wait until it’s on my terms.”

Reigns pulls his mic down and says “or I could punch you in the mouth right now.”  Reigns punches Rollins, but J&J Security jumps him.  Rollins escapes, but Noble takes a Superman Punch and Mercury takes a spear.  Reigns poses while Rollins rubs his jaw at the stage.

I thought this was pretty decent.  They set up Rollins with Stewart for tonight, and possibly with Wiz Khalifa (who will be in Pittsburgh) next week.  Reigns got a really strong mixed reaction akin to John Cena, but not as strong as I thought it might be.  I thought Reigns putting Rollins on the spot about the MITB briefcase was good, but it didn’t get a crowd reaction.  Good reminder that it’s in play though.

The announcers talk about what just went down.  Cole says that Rollins has to regroup because he will host his own version of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart later, and Stewart is on his way.  Also, Paige will take on Nikki Bell for the Divas Championship.  They also show Dean Ambrose walking backstage, and he has Bad News Barrett, next.

Back live, Rollins is rubbing his jaw.  He says he forgot how hard Reigns hits and asks why J&J Security didn’t jump him.  Randy Orton shows up and says that was embarrassing.   He asks why J&J wasn’t there and why they let Reigns within 10 feet of Rollins.  Orton tells him he should march to the Authority’s office and demand a one-on-one match with Reigns to prove he can out-wrestle reigns and out-talk Stewart.  Rollins tells him he appreciates Orton’s advice but he will handle it his way.  “Okay.  I was just trying to help.”  Orton exits.

Orton’s stirring the pot.  Will he still be aligned with the Authority by the end of the show?

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Ring of Honor 13th Anniversary Show: Winner Takes All Live Coverage 03/01/15

Tonight on Pay-Per-View, Ring of Honor presents it’s 13th Anniversary Show, Winner Takes All, live from the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We will have coverage of the show on a delayed basis, beginning after 12:30am.  Apologies in advance.  Please place the blame on my job.

The card is as follows:

  • High Stakes Four Corner Survival for the ROH World Championship: Jay Briscoe (c) vs. Michael Elgin vs. Tommaso Ciampa vs. Hanson
  • ROH World Television Championship: Jay Lethal (c) w/ Truth Martini vs. Alberto El Patron
  •  ROH World Tag Team Championship: reDRagon (c) vs. IWGP Jr Tag Team Champions The Young Bucks
  • IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles vs. ACH
  • Moose vs Mark Briscoe
  • Cedric Alexander vs Matt Sydal
  • The Kingdom vs The Addiction vs The Bullet Club
  • Maria Kanellis w/Michael Bennett vs O.D.B w/Mark Briscoe
  • “Mr ROH” Roderick Strong vs BJ Whitmer

Samoa Joe is also scheduled to appear, making it the first time he’s stepped into a Ring of Honor ring since 2008.

Watch the show live, and tune in later tonight for reactions and opinions in real time!  Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RingRap, and on Facebook too!

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TNA Impact Wrestling 02/27/15 – MVP vs. Lashley for the TNA World Championship, Joe vs. Aries, plus more!

I want to apologize in advance if you’re looking for play-by play for tonight’s coverage.  After a very long week of work, I’m looking forward to sitting down and relaxing a bit while watching some wrestling.  For the most part, TNA allows me to do that, because they don’t typically make me want to jump into oncoming traffic.  Well, the night is young.

  • Kurt Angle and Bobby Lashley did a decent job setting the stage for the main event.  Kurt showed great fire and laid it out straight – he’s not going to help Lashley.  When the BDC came out, they made it pretty clear that Lashley was on his own, and they were going to work together.  My money is on serious shenanigans later tonight.
  • Rockstar Spud and Ken Anderson have solid chemistry together.  Spud has great comedic timing – better than most.  It’s easy to overlook it when he’s playing the small guy getting beat, but he’s really something special in the wrestling industry.  I didn’t see it at first, but I’m seeing it more and more.
  • By the way, Tyrus looks just fine totally bald.
  • I absolutely love that TNA takes the time to show video packages of past matches to help further storylines.  While TNA can occasionally get a little silly with stories, it shows they’re paying attention to their past.  It goes a long way, especially when a title or major feud is coming to a head.  Showing Lashley’s history with MVP is a pretty big deal considering the match.
  • With all the attention the #GiveDivasAChance movement had earlier this week, it’s quite staggering to see TNA’s treatment of the knockouts.  A legit promo segment in the ring?  A title that is defended?  It’s amazing.  Plus, the way Gail Kim put over Awesome Kong was just simply jaw dropping.  Terrell came off as a fighting (yet foolish) champ.
  • Another nice production technique – when the hidden cameraman stumbles upon a conversation we’re not supposed to hear, the other parties act accordingly when said camera man is discovered.
  • What the hell is DJ Z wearing?  They’ve done a great job of being completely obnoxious.  While I stand by what I said earlier about the Knockouts, I can’t help but feel like Brooke and Angelina Love’s entrances are more like stripper dances and not wrestling entrances.
  • Kudos to Taz for taking the time to explain the difference between a Mixed Tag Match vs. a Intergender Tag Match.  Too bad the booking didn’t abide by it.
  • I’m pretty much done with the “Hair vs. Hair” feud.
  • Austin Aries and Samoa Joe had a fine exchange on the mic.  Joe has knocked it out of the park tonight with his promos.  Their match was fine, but Kenny King’s involvement was completely unnecessary.
  • MVP’s interaction with Eric Young was… bizarre, to say the least.  I’m not entirely sure where they’re going with that pairing.  It doesn’t quite work for me.
  • The British Bootcamp highlight got cut short, and that’s a bit disappointing.  It is what it is. Bram’s assault could’ve been handled differently, in my opinion.  Bram calling out Magnus was just fine, but having Grado walk out to answer him?  I will say he’s got a presence about him.
  • It was nice to finally see a referee eject a member of the BDC from ringside.  Low Ki being removed helped even the playing field, but the ref should’ve sent them all packing immediately.
  • Another match ruined by run-ins.  A title-match, nonetheless.  Enough is enough.
  • The Drew Galloway run-in, again, happened so fast it barely registered.  Felt like a wasted opportunity.

TNA gave us a solid show, but too often there are too many moving parts.  I would like to see things scaled down just a bit, in a lot of ways.  Too many stories, with too much intertwined.

Thanks for watching with me tonight, everyone.  Follow us on Twitter, @RingRap. and follow me @PsionStorm.  Live Long and Prosper. We will see you next week!