September 22, 2014

Special Edition of WWE SmackDown Coming Up

WWE announced that the October 10th episode of Friday Night SmackDown will be a special 15th anniversary episode. That show will be taped on October 7th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Total Divas Recap 9/21/14

September 21, 2014

This Day In Wrestling History

Happy Birthday to Ricky Morton of the Rock 'n Roll Express.
September 21, 1956

Fred Blassie and Bobo Brazil took their famous feud to Madison Square Garden in New York City, where the two battled to a draw. In the main event, WWWF World Champion Bruno Sammartino defeated Waldo Von Erich via countout.
September 21, 1964

During a SmackDown taping in Dallas, Texas, Triple H wrestles five times in order to earn a spot in the Six-Pack Challenge at Unforgiven. He loses to Big Show in a Chokeslam match, defeats Kane in an Inferno match, loses to Mideon & Viscera in a Casket Match, defeats Mankind in a Boiler Room Brawl, and defeats the Rock in a Brahma Bullrope Match.
September 21, 1999

Bill Goldberg defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven.
September 21, 2003

September 20, 2014

Roman Reigns undergoes emergency surgery has learned that Roman Reigns has undergone emergency surgery for an incarcerated hernia. Reigns had been in Nashville to promote tomorrow's Night of Champions pay-per-view, and will now be unable to compete against Seth Rollins at the event. has spoken with WWE physican Dr. Chris Amann to get the latest.

"I was in contact with both Roman and the surgeon who performed the operation in Nashville today. Roman had developed acute abdominal pain in his hotel room last night after his match," Dr. Amann told "This wasn't related to a specific injury that occurred in the ring. Roman has had a pre-existing hernia for some time, which unfortunately had become acutely painful, which led to him going to the emergency room in Nashville. He was found to have a large hernia that was unable to be reduced, which means pushed back into the abdominal cavity. As a result, it was necessary to perform an emergent operation to open up the hernia sac and try and push it back into the abdominal cavity."

"At the time of the surgery, surgeons found a loop of small intestine was caught in the hernia sac, which would account for the pain and discomfort that Roman was having earlier in the evening," Dr. Amann explained. "The surgeons released the hernia sac so the intestine could be pushed back into the abdominal cavity. Once they were satisfied blood supply had returned to the intestine after releasing the hernia, they went ahead and completed the procedure. A mesh was placed over where the hernia had occurred to prevent future occurrences."

Now that the surgery has gone well, the clear next thought was when will the WWE Universe be able to see the powerhouse back in action.

"Roman has been transferred to the recovery room and is doing quite well. The plan is to keep him overnight, give him IV antibiotics to prevent infection and make sure the intestinal function returns to normal before discharging him from the hospital. If everything goes well, that should be tomorrow," Dr. Amann said. "Most of the time, the recovery time for something like this in terms of returning to physical activity is between four and six weeks. This was a pretty significant hernia, so it will probably be closer to six weeks." also asked Dr. Amann to elaborate on how this hernia differs from sports hernias, which sports fans know often lands top athletes on the injured list.

"This is a completely different type of hernia than sports hernia," Dr. Amann said. "A sports hernia usually refers to a tear in the lower abdominal wall that attaches to the ligaments. That type of tear is typically occurs from repeated activity or sports. Roman had what’s called an inguinal hernia. It can sometimes come from sports, but sometimes people are born with these. It is treated differently than a sports hernia."

This Day In Wrestling History

Happy Birthday to Greg "The Hammer" Valentine
September 20, 1951

Happy Birthday to Arn Anderson (Martin Anthony Lunde)
September 20, 1958

Shawn Michaels became the first ever "grand slam" winner in the history of the WWF(E) (Heavyweight, I.C., European, Tag)
September 20, 1997

Shawn Michaels, Triple H and Chyna form D-Generation X.
September 20, 1997

Vince McMahon gave up the WWF(E) Heavyweight title and declared it vacant.
September 20, 1999

September 19, 2014

Most-Watched WWE Network Content

WWE listed The Monday Night War, WCW Monday Nitro and NXT Takeover as most-watched WWE Network content in a new Night of Champions reminder e-mail.

WWE Releases Two NXT Wrestlers

WWE has released NXT talent Troy McClain from his developmental deal. NXT diva Kendall Skye requested and was granted her release.

September 18, 2014

Photo: Triple H & Stephanie McMahon at the Susan G. Komen Honoring The Promise Gala

Nice to see Trip wearing his wedding ring again.

Leaders of the new school: Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Adrian Neville, Fergal Devitt and Kevin Steen talk to about their generation

In August, NXT sensation Sami Zayn sent out a tweet that, in precisely 140 characters, at once gave hope, elicited excitement and put the sports-entertainment world on notice.

Some 3,000-plus favorite tweets and retweets later and the buzz surrounding “Zayn’s generation” — let’s call it WWE’s new New Generation — has only intensified. As WWE fans await the in-ring debuts of international Superstars Fergal Devitt and the wrestler formerly known as KENTA, Hideo Itami, and independent wrestling demigod Kevin Steen, sat down with the NXT Five inside the place they call home — the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. — for a roundtable discussion to learn about their connections to each other inside the ring and out. Click here.

This Day In Wrestling History

Fabulous Moolah defeated Judy Grable in a tournament final for the WWF(E) Women's title.
September 18, 1956

AWA Tag Team title declared vacant due to Ken Patera's injury.
September 18, 1989

Ricky Steamboat surrenders the WCW U.S. Heavyweight title to Steve Austin due to injury.
September 18, 1994

America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) defeat Brian Lee & Ron Harris for the NWA World Tag Team Titles, marking their first reign as tag champs in TNA.
September 18, 2002

September 17, 2014

This Day In Wrestling History

Happy Birthday to Masa Chrono
September 17, 1963

Ric Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes for the NWA Heavyweight Wrestling title.
September 17, 1981

Nikita Koloff defeated Tully Blanchard for the NWA Television title.
September 17, 1987

Booker T defeated Kevin Nash for the WCW Heavyweight title.
September 17, 2000

Brock Lesnar defeated Kurt Angle for the WWE Smackdown Heavyweight title.
September 17, 2003

September 16, 2014

9/15 WWE Raw Viewership Sees 4-Month Low

This week’s episode of WWE Raw brought in 3,826,000 viewers, which is the lowest draw for the Monday night show since May 26. The first hour drew 3,900,000 while the second jumped up to 3,949,000, but fell to 3,629,000 for the third and final hour. This is the first time WWE Raw was under 4 million viewers in all three segments since the two-week low period in late May.

Can TNA Get Over?

Rumors have swirled about the demise of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Is this the end for the company? And will professional wrestling ever support two major promotions again? Click here.


Jim Ross Comments on NXT, Charlotte, Triple H & the NFL

“I think it would be interesting for some of the NXT talents to have a re-occurring role on RAW as it would help promote the future of the WWE which is the @WWENetwork. If fans can see what they are missing by not watching NXT on the Network they may be more inclined to invest the $9.99 month subscription fee.”

“NXT was the best WWE produced TV of the week last week in my opinion.”

“Charlotte in NXT is special and is the best new, female in ring talent the WWE has trained in years. She’s the type of talent that a serious, women’s division, if that was desired, can be built around.”

“Nice to read where HHH is endorsing WWE finding star level NFL players to integrate into the WWE. I’ve been suggesting that for years and I hope that HHH can make it happen but it won’t be easy based on entry level, WWE pay. Same goes for major college football players who are younger and more affordable than NFL vets and whose backgrounds can be vetted thoroughly as well. Obviously, one wants to find athletes from this world who are fans and have the aptitude for the business.”

“With all these various abuse issues occurring in the NFL I’d assume WWE will further tighten up their background checks, etc on new hires. All companies should but some companies can’t afford to do so or won’t see it as a priority because it’s just “wrestling.” Big mistake.”

Trish Stratus Talks About A Possible Return To The Ring, If She Likes Total Divas, WWE HOF, More

Ryan Rider from Main Event Radio spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus this weekend at the Montreal Comic Con. The two-part interview is available now at Below are some highlights:

Transitioning from Fitness to Pro Wrestling:

In fitness you're training for aesthetics to look good and to sculp your body a certain way. In wrestling you're training to perform. In fitness I was traveling all over the world but in wrestling it was 300 days a year, so it was a little bit of an adjustment. But I loved it, the challenge, taking in new things and taking in a new industry altogether. I'm kind of like a tomboy so a lot of the sports played – varsity hockey and soccer. I was kinda known as the goon on the team so I was used to being rough and able to take it. I used to wrestle with my cousins when I was a kid. When I first started, I had my share of bruises and my moments where I thought this is tougher than I thought but I loved it, embraced it and looked forward to the challenge.

Working with Test and Albert as "T&A":

They were awesome. Test, G-d bless him, was actually a jerk to me. He was pretty mean to me, was giving me tough love at the beginning. He made me prove myself first. Albert was amazing, great friend, and still a great friend. They gave me the opportunity to be by their side. I really got to learn front row. Take it all in, see the reactions, the mannerisms and all these little things that makes a good performance and got to use these things when I got to be on the other side of the ropes.

Main Eventing an episode of Monday Night Raw:

Completely an honor to be able to have that spot. We both arrived and couldn't believe it; it was like we're WHAT tonight! We knew this was our chance to prove that the women could hang with the boys. We worked just as hard as they did, the fans embraced it. We came back to big applause from our co-workers which meant a lot. I'm very blessed to have the career I did and have the people that I worked with to support the career I did. It's not a one-man show. It takes two to tango and it takes even more to put on a wrestling production. I'm just so grateful for all the people I was surrounded with.

WWE Hall of Fame Induction:

Just an honor. You're being recognized by your peers; your colleagues. Going in as the youngest was nice instead of hustling and bustling being an old bird coming up onto the stage. It was nice to be in my prime. And we represented the modern day divas, [Lita] this year and me last. I'm curious to see who they will choose next. A huge honor.

Thoughts on Total Divas:

I enjoy the show. I think it's great. I enjoy watching the drama just like you do. It's a reality show. We are glued to it to watch things unfold. It's enough of a glimpse into the wrestling world without too much to give our secrets away so I appreciate that.

If she is pondering an in-ring return:

Every time I have returned it's been on the basis that the door is never closed. If some awesome opportunity pops up and it sounds fun and challenging and it's something I haven't done before. That's kind of how each thing has happened. I have a great relationship with WWE and we're always chatting ideas. You never know, retirement is used very loosely in the wrestling world. There are lots of great workers right now. Seeing Brie and Stephanie in there a couple of weeks ago made me kind of excited again. So we'll see what happens. You know if that Stephanie keeps up her ways there is one woman that I know can put her in her place, just saying…me!

This Day In Wrestling History

Bruno Sammartino & Bobo Brazil battle Gorilla Monsoon & Hans Mortier to a draw in the main event of a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Each team scored one fall before the time limit expired during the third fall.
September 16, 1963

At a WWF television taping in Baltimore, Maryland, Roddy Piper hosts his "Piper's Pit" segment at the same time that Adrian Adonis hosts an edition of "The Flower Shop". Piper's guest, Don Muraco, joins Adonis and Cowboy Bob Orton in attacking Piper and beating him down and destroying the Pit set. Later in the show (shown on a different TV episode), Piper returned with a baseball bat and destroyed the Flower Shop set. A new Piper's Pit set would be constructed, and the Flower Shop would never return.
September 16, 1986

September 15, 2014

Total Divas Recap 9/14/14

September 14, 2014

Batista Talks Joining Evolution, Triple H Thinking He Would Get Heat For It, Almost Being Replaced

During the second edition of his interview series on Talk is Jericho, Batista and host Chris Jericho discussed how Batista was almost replaced in Evolution, a move that would have changed wrestling forever.

Jericho and Batista were speaking about how much Randy Orton had changed over the past decade, and how instrumental Evolution was to both Orton and Batista himself. Jericho also noted that Orton had tried to start fights with him three or four times.

Batista says he was warned by Triple H ahead of forming Evolution that the two inexperienced starts would get a lot of heat for riding the coattails of Helmsley and Flair. An injury almost eliminated him from the stable altogether, as Mark Jindrak was slated to replace him.

"They were considering him replacing me when I was injured. Hunter wanted it to be the four of us, he was pretty adamant. He fought for us," Batista said of nearly being replaced.

"I get injured, and Randy (Orton) was back before I was and they wanted that fourth member," Batista said

Batista and Jericho spoke about how much the business had changed since Evolution, citing a change in Vince McMahon's demeanor. Part two of Batista's interview on Talk is Jericho can be found at this link.

Photo: Stephanie McMahon in October 2014 edition of Shape Magazine

WWE’s Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon is in the October 2014 edition of Shape Magazine which has WWE fan Maria Menounos on the cover.

The mother of three and most powerful woman in the WWE, McMahon is featured in the single-page ‘Fit & Famous’ section of the magazine. The piece mentions her upcoming WWE fitness DVD, her workout, spending time with the kids, Connor’s Cure charity, and more.

The words are accompanied by a single photo of McMahon, looking fabulous in a red dress. You can see it below.

Click on photo to enlarge.

This Day In Wrestling History

Clarence Eklund defeats Elmer "Pet" Brown in Houston, TX for the World Lightweight title.
September 14, 1917

The Arizona Republic newspaper claims that Jim Londos had wrestled in Athens, Greece in 1928 in front of 65,000 people. Londos is photographed with his father in front of the supposed crowd.
September 14, 1929

Vince McMahon, with help from Stone Cold Steve Austin, defeats Triple H for WWF(E) Title.
September 14, 1999

September 13, 2014

EVOLVE co-founder Gabe Sapolsky Comments on WWE NXT

History does repeat itself. I remember when ECW was shunned and ignored in the early days. Then suddenly we saw WWE and WCW embracing the principles and soon the ECW wrestlers. This ignited the biggest boom in the history of US wrestling. Yesterday, we saw some things that lit the Internet on fire because they are new and we didn't expect them. The biggest was HHH posing for a selfie with Kevin Steen, Hideo Itami and Fergal Devitt and then giving huge endorsements to Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville by tweeting that he would like to wrestle them. Kalisto as well as Zayn and Neville brought new excitement to NXT Takeover that had fans tweeting their support. This doesn't even include the impact that Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are making on the main roster. WWE has even included me on the The Shield documentary and Paul Heyman DVD. So what's my point? A few years ago, none of this would have happened because the talents from the independents weren't considered "major league." WWE has obviously changed it's thought process and we are hopefully at the dawn of a new era. Will it lead to a boom like in the 90s? I don't know, but I do know that it will lead to new stars and and some fresh wrestling (or sports entertainment in the WWE Universe). The most important thing is that these innovative, cutting edge talents capture the imagination of new, young fans. Given the stage WWE is providing, they can.

September 12, 2014

Video: WWE COO Triple H discusses the success of NXT TakeOver

NXT talent scheduled for next week's WWE TV Tapings

NXT talent Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and NXT Champion Adrian Neville have been scheduled to appear at this Monday's 9/15 WWE RAW in Lafayette, Louisiana & this Tuesday's 9/16 WWE Smackdown TV tapings in Biloxi, Mississippi according to a report by Mike Johnson. It is said that more talent from NXT have been scheduled to appear at WWE TV tapings over the course of the next several weeks as well. It is unknown as of this writing what the NXT talent will be used for on WWE TV.


Stephanie McMahon featured in 'Shape' magazine

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon is featured in the latest issue of “Shape” magazine, available now. One of the busiest women in entertainment, McMahon explains how she stays fit not only juggling her responsibilities in WWE, but also being a mom to three young children. The article teases the release of her and Triple H’s upcoming WWE Fit DVD series alongside trainer Joe DeFranco, and how she stays strong, motivated and inspirational to women everywhere.

Get the full story in the October issue of “Shape,” available on newsstands everywhere now — featuring celebrity member of the WWE Universe Maria Menunous on the cover.

Vince McMahon Comments on NXT Takeover Fatal 4-Way

In response to last night’s second NXT Takeover special, Vince McMahon posted the following on Twitter:

WWE Removes CM Punk Merchandise

WWE recently slashed prices on CM Punk merchandise shortly after a 22 page letter was sent to WWE by Punk’s attorneys, regarding royalties.

WWE has since completely removed all CM Punk merchandise from, and all searches related to CM Punk yield no results.

Video: KENTA debuts on WWE NXT, reveals his new name

WWE NXT General Manager William Regal officially introduced former Pro Wrestling NOAH star KENTA on Thursday night at the 9/11 TakeOver event on the WWE Network. KENTA announced he would now be going by the name Hideo Itami.

NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way Results

This Day In Wrestling History

Happy Birthday to Hawk (Michael James Hegstrand) of the Legion of Doom
September 12, 1957

Chris von Erich committed suicide at age 21.
September 12, 1991

Sting defeated Hulk Hogan for the WCW Heavyweight title.
September 12, 1999

September 11, 2014

Photo: Triple H with Kenta, Prince Devitt and Kevin Steen

First SmackDown After 9/11

This Day In Wrestling History

WCW Nitro wins the first ever head to head meeting against WWF(E) RAW. Nitro scores a 2.5 rating while Raw scores a 2.2.
September 11, 1995

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