WWE’s “Royal Rumble” Current Pay Per View Card for Sunday, January 25, 2015


After tonight’s WWE Raw broadcast, the current Royal Rumble card for Sunday’s pay per view is shaping up as follows:


New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods) vs. “The Masters of the WWE Universe” (Tyson Kidd and Cesaro) and Adam Rose

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The WWE NXT Report: 01/14/15

Good evening everyone!  Or should I say good morning?  It’s about 1am here, and I’ve just gotten home from a day of work.  Got a cup of tea, some English Muffins, a bunch of other things to snack on… oh, and NXT!  I missed last week’s episode for a number of reasons, but I’m here tonight.  Let’s watch the show!


Well, perhaps not…

Hey everyone!  It’s Thursday afternoon, and the WWE Network has gracefully allowed me to cover this program.  Let’s give this another go!

Looks like we’re getting some in-ring action immediately!

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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/15/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown is being filmed tonight in Baton Rouge, LA, for its debut airing on Thursday nights this Thursday, January 15th, 2015.  We will have spoilers from the show as soon as they’re available.

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

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WWE Raw Afterthoughts for 01/13/15

WWE Raw is in the books and we are one step closer to the Royal Rumble.  How was the show?  Let’s take a look at some of the hits and misses.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 1/12/2015 – Aftermath of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan Being Fired, John Cena and Seth Rollins Prepare to Meet Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble, More Entrants to the Rumble Set, and More


The Royal Rumble is two weeks away.  Last week, The Authority returned, setting everyone on notice quickly that they are in “revenge mode” for what happened at Survivor Series.  Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback were sent packing while John Cena stood by and did nothing.  Who else is on the “punishment” list for The Authority?  Will it be Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, who defied them on Smackdown this past week?  Who else will get their shot at being in the 30-man Royal Rumble match?  And will  Brock Lesnar grace us with his presence in advance of the big triple-threat title match to happen at that event?

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TNA Impact 01/07/15 – Debut on Destination America, Lashley vs. Roode, and more!

Good evening everyone!  Or perhaps, I should say Good morning.  My name is Drew, and I work the night shift.  I will be bringing you coverage of TNA Impact for the foreseeable future, albeit very, very delayed.  Interested in bringing us live coverage?  Shoot me an email: dkoscelek@ring-rap.com

TNA’s debut on Destination America was earlier this evening.  Chances are, most of you have already watched it.  So, I’m going to attempt to bring you my thoughts and reactions to the show, in lieu of a play-by-play.  Like what you see?  Follow me on Twitter too (@PsionStorm), for 140 characters of snark.

I admit, I’ve been away from the TNA product for some time now.  They have a chance to win me back as a fan, but it’s going to take some work.  I peeked at some spoilers earlier, and quite frankly, it seemed like more of the same, but I’m going to try my best to keep an open mind here.  Let’s go!

The opening video package is money.  Numerous stars getting ready for the event.  We get a nice mix of talent here too.  Leaving their hotels, heading into the city via limo, etc.  Pep talks from some of the talent.

Josh Matthews cuts in.  Outside the Manhattan Center, Bobby Lashley and Bobby Roode go nose to nose and start brawling.  The fight makes its way into the arena, and the crowd chants TNA as the action spills in.  Taz and Matthews put over how excited they are to be there.  The brawl continues.  Basically everyone is fighting everyone.  As far as I can tell, these are all feuds that have carried over since Spike TV.

Kurt Angle walks out, and wants to know what security is doing.  He puts over NYC, and the show.  He announces that Low Ki will defend his title tonight.  Taryn Terrel will defend her title.  James Storm and Abyss will also defend their titles.  Every champ will defend tonight.  Angle puts over Lashley vs. Roode.  MVP interrupts him.

The fans start yelling “Shut the fuck up,” (which is poorly edited).  MVP says Angle should’ve been fired.  He calls Angle a shadow of what he used to be.  He says Angle has no balls.

Angle says he did in fact step down as director, after creating these matches.  He’s also now active as a wrestler on the show, and he’s going to wrestle MVP in a street fight, right now.

MVP vs. Kurt Angle in a Street Fight

We immediately go to break on this.

TNA certainly catered to the live crowd here with that brawl, but brawls like that don’t always translate well on TV.  I feel as if this was a missed opportunity to really, truly make a statement.  

We join this brawl in progress.  No commentary at first.  This street fight, honestly, seems like a regular match so far.  Scratch that – MVP works the knee on the ring post, then grabs a chair, which he promptly attacks Angle’s knee with.  They trade submission attempts.  Angle hits an Olympic Slam out of nowhere for the win.

Winner: Kurt Angle

Worth mentioning, on the first match of TNA Impact on a new network, they have two former WWE talents fighting in a street fight.  Pardon the pun, but they could’ve made different choices to make a bigger impact.

Angle stands on the ramp and soaks up the “You still got it” chants.  Sorry, Manhattan. The jury is still out on that one.

Backstage highlights of each champion getting ready to wrestle later tonight.

The match itself really was a disappointing way to start things off.  You only get one chance to make a good first impression.  While this wasn’t bad, it certainly wasn’t great.  

MVP chews out Kenny King backstage.  This is where TNA excels – the camera is hidden, and the men acts as if they have no idea they’re being filmed.  Works extremely well for those moments that “aren’t supposed to be public.”

Looks like there’s cameras everywhere.  EC3 and Titus (fka Brodus Clay) are backstage for a promo.  EC3 says he’s going to take Rockstar Spud apart.

Josh Matthews takes a moment to talk about taking the reigns from Mike Tenay, then kicks it to Tenay to put over his new TNA shows.  He kicks it to an interview Tenay did with James Storm earlier.  Storm puts over his group, The Revolution.  He says they’re not here for wrestling matches.  Storm gets up and close to him, and starts whistling.  It’s kind of reminiscent of Bray Wyatt.  Is that the intention?

Cue the TNA Tag Team Championship match.

The Revolution (James Storm & Abyss, w/ Sanada and Manik) vs. The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)

It’s been a while since I’ve seen The Wolves wrestle.  Before the match can begin, Jeff and Matt Hardy walk to ringside.  I’m concerned this is about to become an overbooked mess.  Let’s take a break.

We’re back.  Richards and Edwards have claw marks on their chests, and I’m preoccupied trying to figure out whether they’re tattoos, or decals, or just paint.

Apparently there are no rules, because so far, it’s all tandem moves from The Wolves.  Looks great, but… you know… rules.

The action here is really good.  The Wolves have an energy that brings this product to a new level, but Storm and Abyss are solid too.  I’m all for tandem moves, but I prefer them to be within the confines of legal tags and such.

Somehow, the rest of The Revolution get involved, while Matt and Jeff Hardy break in to even things up.  The ref magically sees nothing.  In a moment of chaos, Storm hits a superkick to end it.

Winners: The Revolution to retain the TNA Tag Team Titles

Overbooked mess, just as predicted.  Good action while it lasted.  The Revolution looks like a bunch of misfits, by the way.  No theme to them whatsoever.

Nice video package highlighting Roode vs. Lashley I.  Puts over the importance of the title.  I like this.  Thumbs up.

More of MVP shouting at people – this time, Bobby Lashley.  Lashley has had enough, and he plants MVP on against the wall.  Well done segment.

In the ring, Jeremy Borash talks about being in TNA since day one, but before he can continue, Ethan Carter III comes ringside.  He says it’s the year of EC3.  He steals Tyson Kidd’s “Fact” routine, unless I’m mistaken and Tyson stole it from him (hey, it’s possible  I haven’t seen the product in a while).

EC3 plays games with the audience.  He calls Rockstar Spud out to the ring.  Tyrus carries Spud out to the ring.  EC3 threatens to shave off the rest of his hair.  Borash tries to dissuade him, tells him he’s done enough.  EC3 tells him to stand down.  Borash slaps him in the face with the microphone, but the camera kind of missed it.  Tyrus attacks Borash.  Spud tries to fend him off.  EC3 wants to shave Borash’s hair instead.  So he does.

Good heat-generating segment.  EC3 has a ton of confidence.  Went a little long, but nothing terrible.

More backstage MVP stuff.  I would like more wrestling now, please.

Video highlights of Roode vs. Lashley II.  Again, these segments are very beneficial.

Low Ki (c) vs. Austin Aries for the X-Division Championship

As Low-Ki comes to the ring, there’s a solid video package putting over the X-Division.  Lots of AJ Styles clips.  While the package is solid, it was a missed opportunity to put Low Ki over specifically.  Get to know him a bit.  Aries too.

The bell rings, and the fans are all over this.  Matthews and Taz struggle to explain what the X-Division really is.  Matthews talks about Low Ki being the first Ring of Honor champion.  Odd for them to name drop ROH.

This is a really fun match, and what TNA should really focus on to set them apart from the rest of the pack.  Low Ki and Aries work very well together.  It’s hard hitting, it’s fast, and explosive.  Everything these men do, they do it crisp and flawlessly.  The crowd chants are split between both Aries and Low Ki.  After a hard-fought battle, Austin Aries hits a nice Brain Buster to capture the win.

Winner: Austin Aries to win the X-Division Championship

A very good match.  I would’ve liked to have seen a few more minutes out of these two.  A clean finish.  Well done.

The TNA Knockouts are already in the ring for the Knockouts Battle Royale.  The Beautiful People get a full ring entrance, accompanied by DJZ and Jesse Godderz.  DJZ welcomes back Robbie E.  The Knockouts are kind of getting annoyed.  Me too.  Robbie E says he didn’t win a million dollars, but he looks like it.  He blames Brooke for the loss.  Taryn Terrell, our Knockouts Champ, interrupts him.  Seems she’s had enough too.

TNA Knockouts Battle Royale for the TNA Knockouts Championship

All hell breaks loose.  There’s moments of brilliance peppered in with segments of disaster.  Brooke runs out and attacks Robbie E.  It’s taking away from what’s happening in the ring.  Terrell sneaks in the win, sending both Gail Kim an Havoc over the top rope at the same time.

Winner: Taryn Terrell to retain the Knockouts Championship

Havoc immediately attacks Terrell.  The lights go out.  When they finally turn back on, Awesome Kong is standing in the middle of the ring, nose to nose with Havoc.  The crowd eats it up, and it’s a pretty awesome moment.  Havoc takes off.  One of the referees talks trash to Kong, so she choke-slams him.  Take that, you jerk!

Roode vs. Lashley, up next!

Awesome Kong’s return to TNA was, well, pretty exciting. The fans loved it, and it felt like a big deal.  Good to see her back in the company.  I can’t wait to see her and Gail Kim tear it up again.

Lashley vs. Bobby Roode (c) for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Roode lays the belt down on the ramp, then runs into the ring.  It’s on.

The action is fast and furious.  Back and forth.  Lashley ducks out of the ring to regroup.  Action spills outside and Lashley gets the advantage.  Roode counters with a sick clothesline.  Those cameras backstage show an inset video.  MVP has a few people in masks with him.  They attack security, and start heading towards the ring as we go to break.

I don’t have a good feeling about this.

The match is still taking place outside.  Guess what?  No headlock!  Lashley rolls Roode back in and taunts him.  Roode fires back.  Lashley cuts him off.  Lashley has a solid bear hug locked in.  Roode hammers him with a clothesline.  Lashley shrugs it off and amps up.  He gets the best of Lashley and gets a near fall.  Lashley catches Roode and hits a running slam for two.  Roode goes for a sunset bomb, turns it into a sitout powerbomb instead.  Lashley hits a Roode Bomb on Roode, worth only two.  Lashley is bleeding significantly from the mouth.  He misses a spear, Roode hits him with one instead.  Two-count.

Right on cue, MVP, Kenny King, and two masked men approach the ring.  Lashley goes for a roll-up just as my DVR stops the show.

And I was actually into this match.

I’ll be picking up coverage from Prowrestling.net from here.

Roode locked Lashley in a crossface.  Kenny King attacked the referee.  Kurt Angle ran out to get outnumbered.  The masked men pulled their masks to reveal their identities – Low Ki and Samoa Joe. Eric Young ran out to the ring with a chair to even the odds, but then turned on Roode as well.  He attacked Roode with the chair, Lashley hit the spear, and the referee mystically popped up to make the three count.  It was implied that Lashley wasn’t privy to the plan.

Winner: Bobby Lashley to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship

Meet the new boss.  Same as the old boss.  A shame too – there was a lot on this show I enjoyed, but the main event didn’t need to be an overbooked mess like it was.

TNA did a lot of things right tonight, and some things wrong.  It was a better show than Raw, for sure, but the booking and pacing didn’t leave me with much hope that there’s any changes being made in their philosophies.  This concerns me.

From the broadcast point of view, Destination America seems to have provided them with solid backing, and everything looked great.  I hope it evolves somewhat going forward here.

Thank you for joining me tonight.  Feel free to tell me what you thought of the show!  See you next week!


Ring Rap Audio: 01/06/15 – Presenting the 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Award Winners, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9 Review, WWE Raw, TNA Impact, plus more!

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It’s time for our 2014 Ring Rap Year End Awards!  Where, YOU, the listener, have spoken and voted on topics like Match of the Year, Wrestler of the Year, Stupid Gimmick of the Year, and lots more!

In addition to that, Bill and Drew talk about the amazing New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9,” and contrast it to the absolutely, positively terrible WWE Raw this week.

Plus, a discussion on TNA’s debut this week, plus lots more!

Follow all of us on Twitter as well: @RingRapAudio and @RingRap.  Bill is on Twitter @Bill_SoonerFan.  Matt is on Twitter @bigmat75.  Drew is on Twitter too @PsionStorm.

Be sure to tune in to our shorter, more frequent solo audio show, Around the Ring with Ring Rap! (iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS)

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Music Credits

“Summon the Rawk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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“Pulse” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 1/5/2015 – The Authority Returns, Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose in an Ambulance Match, More Royal Rumble Entrants Announced, The Ascension Continues to Rise, and More

WWE gives us the first Raw of the new year tonight, and the push to Royal Rumble is on.  Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have said they’re in, and now the field should grow from there.  Who will join them?  Also, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt battle one more time, this time with the loser being sent off in an ambulance as they have an ambulance match tonight.  The Ascension debuted last week – will we see them again tonight, and who will they face?  Also, the Authority returned last week after Seth Rollins threatened John Cena to do so by threatening Edge’s health.  What will they do in response to all that has gone on the past 5 weeks?

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New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show Live Coverage 1/4/2015 – AJ Styles, The Young Bucks, The Forever Hooligans, rEDragon, Bullet Club All Scheduled To Appear, Tanahashi vs. Okada for the IWGP Championship, and More

It’s a special January pay per view weekend, as we bring you live coverage of this year’s New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestle Kingdom 9″ Tokyo Dome Show.  This is the Japanese equivalent of Wrestlemania, and this year it’s being brought to the United States via pay per view through Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling organization.  The pay per view will air live at 2AM EST, and will have English commentary courtesy of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Lucha Underground’s Matt Striker.

The card for this show is loaded, and is as follows:

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada; IWGP Heavyweight Championship

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi; IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (Bullet Club) vs. Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata; IWGP Tag Team Championship

Tyusuke Taguchi vs. Kenny Omega; IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship

Tomohiro Ishii vs. Togi Makabe; NEVER Openweight Championship

rEDragon (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) vs. The Young Bucks (Nick and Matt Jackson) vs. The Time Splitters (Alex Shelley and Kushida); IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship under four-way rules

AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito

Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba; match must end either by submission or knockout

Naomichi Marufuji, Mikey Nicholls, Shane Haste, and Toru Yano vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Lance Archer, Shelton Benjamin, and Takashi Iizuka; Eight Man Tag Match

Jeff Jarrett, Yoijiro Takahashi, and Bad Luck Fale vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma

15 Man New Japan Rumble match

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READER POLL: 2014 Ring Rap Year-End Awards

2014 has come to a close, and it was a fairly eventful year for pro-wrestling fans.  We want to take a moment to look at the Year in Review, and host our reader-voted Year End Awards.

Please take a few moments to vote on your favorites throughout the year, and be sure to tune in to Ring Rap Audio on Tuesday as we discuss the results!