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The WWE NXT Report: 01/01/15

It’s the first episode of NXT of 2015!  We’ve got a rivalry heating up between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.  But, before that, we’ll heat up things with some tag action!  Refresh the page for live updates as the show airs!

Lucha Dragons vs. Jason Jordan & Tye Dillinger

The team of Jordan and Dillinger has shown some promise in the past, but haven’t had any major victories as of yet. Renee Young comments on their “manscaping.”  Cute.  Kalisto hits some very impressive high flying moves, but a tag to Jordan catches him off guard.

Dillinger and Jordan are focusing on Kalisto, keeping him from tagging out.  Kalisto catches  Dillinger with a boot in the corner and makes the hot tag to Sin Cara.  There was a sloppy head-scissor takedown attempt that looks like it may have been edited, but they quickly moved past it.  Sin Cara hits a Sunset Bomb off the top turnbuckle and gets the win.

Winners: Lucha Dragons

After the match, Aiden English and Simon Gotch run in and make their presence known.  They attack both men and leave them lying in the middle of the ring.

Quick match meant to highlight the tag champs, but the botch definitely hurt.

Backstage, Bull Dempsey tries to chat with CJ Parker, who has a match with Baron Corbin soon.  Dempsey wants to humiliate Corbin.  Parker wants to beat him, but Dempsey says it’s not about them – it’s about the greater good.

Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady head out to the ring.  Enzo is a bona-fide stud.  You can’t teach that.  Etc.  They introduce Carmella, who heads out for an apparent match.  Carmella cuts her promo, and she’s far more heelish.

Enzo and Colin Cassady introduce her opponent, Blue Pants, who makes her third appearance on NXT.  The fans love them some Blue Pants.

Carmella vs. Blue Pants

Carmella has the advantage and steps on Blue Pants’ hair.  For some reason, Enzo decides to dance on the apron, and it distracts Carmella.  Blue Pants gets the roll-up, and the win, and she celebrates it like it’s the biggest win of her career.

Winner: Blue Pants

Carmella is pissed and she attacks Enzo.  Cass pulls her off, and she attacks again.  Cass manages to get them to cool down.

We segue into a video package highlighting Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami’s match against The Ascension.  There will be a rematch, tonight.

CJ Parker vs. Baron Corbin

Corbin’s getting a better reaction every week.  Great entrance, exciting squashes, but I’m still waiting for that personality to come through.  The announcers talk about his X-Factor.  I don’t see it.

Bull Dempsey watches from ringside as Corbin makes quick work of Parker.

Winner: Baron Corbin

After the match, Corbin takes the mic and speaks for what I believe is the first time.  He calls Dempsey out.  He hops out of the ring and yanks Dempsey over the barricade, and they start unloading on each other.  It takes a number of referees to pull them apart.

Corbin needs more mic time, for sure.  Very wooden.

Backstage, William Regal announces Sami Zayn’s return next week. Curtis Axel, of all people, interrupts him.  He says Regal never got back to him.  He wants to “recharge” his career.  Regal says he will compete against Hideo Itami.  Axel thanks him.

Back in the arena, Charlotte comes out to the ring. She does the Ric Flair “Wooo.”  Devon asks who is next for her to face.  The fans chant Blue Pants.  Charlotte puts their chants to bed, and says NXT is her home and NXT is revolutionizing women’s wrestling.  She talks about beating Sasha Banks twice.  Right on cue, Sasha and Becky Lynch come out.  Sasha says it doesn’t matter that she’s beaten her twice – she’s about to get the beatdown of her life.  As they surround the ring, Natalya’s music hits. Sasha and Becky backpedal out of the ring.  Charlotte and Nattie stand tall together.

We get a video recording of Sami Zayn talking about his NXT Championship win, but says he’s preoccupied with Kevin Owens’ attack.  He doesn’t know what to say, but he’ll be back to say something next week.

Renee Young sits down with Kevin Owens to discuss the attack.  Owens says Zayn had his moment.  Young says he took that moment from him.  Owens doesn’t like the question, and he leaves.

The Ascension vs. Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor

It’s a brawl from the word go.  The Ascension bails out of the ring to regroup.  Viktor and Bálor in the ring, and Bálor has Viktor under control.  Tag to Itami.  Rapid tags from Itami and Bálor.  They have total control of Viktor.  Viktor hits an uppercut to Bálor from the apron as we go to break.

Back from the break, Konnor is isolating Bálor.  Tag to Viktor, and they start picking him apart.  It’s your standard formula here – keep the face from tagging out.  Solid, but nothing ground-breaking.  Bálor hits Konnor with a Pele Kick out of nowhere and makes the tag to Itami.  Itami and Viktor in now.  He hangs Viktor up on the top rope with a DDT, then hits a top rope clothesline.  Viktor sneaks in an STO for a near fall. Itami teases a GTS to massive cheers.  Bálor runs in to take care of Konnor while Itami finishes off Viktor.  Our heros win.

Winners: Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor

Formula tag match really.  A solid main event, but nothing as special as their previous outings.  

A good episode of NXT.  Nothing ground-breaking tonight, but a solid hour of pro-wrestling.  Thumbs up.

Thanks for tuning in with me tonight folks.  See you next week!

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WWE Smackdown Results for 01/02/15 (Spoilers)

WWE Smackdown filmed in Norfolk, VA last night for airing on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.  Below are the quick results from the show.  For full details, please visit Prowrestling.net.

Dark Match

– Naomi def. Summer Rae

WWE Smackdown Taping

– Bray Wyatt def. Erick Rowan

– Big Show def. Ryback via countout

– Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. Los Matadores

– Dean Ambrose vs. Curtis Axel ended in a no-contest

– The Ascension def. local enhancement talent

– Goldust & Stardust & Adam Rose def. The Usos & R-Truth

– Roman Reigns def. Rusev via DQ

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Ring Rap Audio: 12/30/14 – A Detailed Look at WWE Raw, TNA Officially Announces Kurt Angle Re-signs, Details on the Ring Rap Audio Year End Awards, plus more!

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Quite frankly, if I tried to fit everything into the title, it would be a stupid title, so read on!

The final WWE Raw of 2014 was newsworthy on a number of levels.  We had the return of Daniel Bryan, who brought us some major news.  We had the return of Bad News Barrett.  We had the return of The Authority.  The debut of The Ascension.  New tag champs.  Mid-card promos!  Lions!  Tigers!  Bears!

Oh my.

On the TNA front, they’ve officially announced Kurt Angle has signed a new contract with the company.  We knew it would happen.  So let’s analyze it now.

All this, plus details on the Ring Rap Audio 2014 Year-End Awards!  We want your feedback on this, so be sure to let us know what you want to see and VOTE VOTE VOTE!

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WWE Monday Night Raw Afterthoughts for 12/30/2014 – The Year End Raw Awards Edition, Featuring Best and Worst Moments, Best and Worst Talents, Newsworthy Moments, and More

Welcome to the final Raw Afterthoughts of 2014.  Tonight, rather than run down the hits and misses of the show from last night I’m going to instead give you my picks for the various best performances and highlights of the 2014 year on Raw alone.  If you listened to Ring Rap Audio, you know that we’ll be handing out the full cross-promotional hardware for all of the various wrestling promotions next week in our 2014 Awards Show.  So for tonight, here’s the Raw Awards.  If you have your own picks, feel free to hit me up with them @Bill_SoonerFan.

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Daniel Bryan Announces He Is Entering the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble

Tonight on WWE Raw, Daniel Bryan made his return in person to inform the audience that he will be entering the 2015 WWE Royal Rumble.

It was a tense moment as Bryan teased retirement.  He discussed his win at Wrestlemania, defeating Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista, all in the same night.  He also discussed his wedding, the death of his father, his neck injury, and the uncertainty of his career as doctors weren’t exactly sure what was wrong with him.

After a lengthy pause teasing his decision, Bryan amped up the crowd and announced he would be entering the Royal Rumble.

As a huge fan of Daniel Bryan, I can say I am extremely happy to hear the news that he will be returning to the ring.  We will have more on this breaking story as it develops.

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WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan Posts Cryptic Tweet, Promises Explanation on Raw Tonight

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, who has been out of action since the summer with injuries, took to his Twitter account earlier to announce that he will appear on the WWE Raw broadcast tonight.  His tweet, shown below, was pretty cryptic as to the reason for his appearance.  He stated that “everyone comes to a crossroads” and that he “(looks) forward to telling you all about it tonight on Raw.”

Yes, it’s cryptic.  Let the speculation begin as to why he’s appearing.  Let’s hope for good news, but in the meantime it could be taken a number of different ways.  We will have your live Raw coverage starting at 8PM EST right here on Ring-Rap.com.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Live Coverage for 12/29/2014 – Last Raw of 2014, Daniel Bryan’s Announcement, Edge and Christian Host, The Ascension Slated to Debut, the Next Page of Ambrose/Wyatt, Attention Turns to the Royal Rumble, and More

It’s the last Raw of 2014 as we head into the New Year’s holiday.  Edge and Christian are going to host the show tonight, so will it reek of awesomeness or be a holiday dud?  Also, WWE is hyping the debut of the Ascension – how will they make their presence known as they arrive from the Wasteland?  Also being hyped on the WWE website is how Dolph Ziggler will close out his 2014, and what the next chapter for Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt will be.  Also, as reported here, Daniel Bryan will appear to address the “crossroads” he is at.

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Kevin Nash Suspended by WWE Following Domestic Dispute

Kevin Nash, who was arrested last night on battery charges during a domestic dispute with his 18 year old son, was suspended from his Legends Contract with WWE, according to TMZ.com.

The Legends contract is primarily for promotional purposes, where Nash would be able to make public appearances on behalf of the company, and is a non-wrestling role.

WWE made a statement to TMZ that his Legend’s deal is suspended until the domestic dispute charges have been resolved.

More as it develops.

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Kevin Nash and Son Arrested on Battery Charges

Former WWE star Kevin Nash and his son, Tristen Nash, were arrested early this morning (12/24/14) in Volusia County, Florida on domestic abuse and battery charges.

Tristen, 18, allegedly provoked Nash, 55, who was said to have chokeslammed his son to the ground after being attacked.  The police arrested Nash, feeling he was responsible for the attack, but returned to the home two hours later to arrest Tristen, who allegedly attempted to attack his uncle and “slung his mom around the kitchen.”

Nash stated in the police report that Tristen came home intoxicated and belligerent towards him and his wife, and he even spit in Nash’s face and provoked him physically.  When Nash pinned Tristen to the ground, Tristen scratched Nash’s face.

Currently both men are still being held in prison without bond.

Details of the attack, including mug shots of both men, can be viewed at TMZ.com.