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Wrestlemania 29 Results: The Champ Is Here? 21-0? End Of An Era?

Pre-Show

The YouTube Preshow kicks off with Josh Matthews welcoming us to the show. The audience is MASSIVE and ready to go. Matt Striker runs down the Intercontinental Championship Match. Scott Stanford, Jim Ross, Kofi Kingston, and Dusty Rhodes are setup in a seperate arena much like NHL on FOX. A video package for the World Championship Match is shown. Stanford, Ross, Kofi, and Dusty talk about the World Title Match.

A “Coming Home” video with featuring members with the WWE Universe pictures shown over it. A hype video for HHH vs Brock Lesnar is shown. Stanford, Kofi, Ross, and Dusty talk about Lesnar and HHH’s match while the audience behind them chant, “We Want Ryder.” Tony Dawson is outside with the WWE Universe in the parking lot who are tailgating.

In the back, Snooki is chatting up with The Miz, who thanks him for calling her a MILF. Wade Barrett comes in they hype their match. Josh and Striker ask the WWE Universe to Tout their favorite Wrestlemania moment. A hype video for Ryback and Mark Henry is shown. Mark Henry is in the interview arena and talks about his match with Ryback. He states that tonight is the night that Ryback enters the Hall of Pain. Kofi, Stanford, Ross, and Dusty talks about Henry vs Ryback.

A recap of Thursday’s press conference is shown. A hype video for The Undertaker vs CM Punk is shown. Kofi, Ross, Stanford, and Dusty talk about Taker vs CM Punk. A WWEShop promo is shown. We go outside again with Tony Dawson and he presents a video of what the WWE Universe are looking forward to the most. A few Touts from WWE fans who talk about their favorite Wrestlemania moments. Another hype video, this time featuring Sheamus, Orton, Show vs The Shield is shown.

Kofi, Stanford, Dusty, and JR talk about the match. The Miz makes his entrance but sadly no inflatable Awesome this time. Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett comes down to the ramp with the title around his waist.

WWE Intercontinetal Championship Match
Wade Barrett vs The Miz

The Miz and Wade lock up in the middle of the ring. Wade kicks Miz in the gut as he bounces off the turnbuckle. Barrett places the Miz over the ropes and kicks him in the stomach once again. Barrett put The Miz through the rope and tries to go for his kick but The Miz counters with a boot of his own. The Miz hits a high knee followed by his neckbreaker combo for 2. Barrett goes for Wasteland, The Miz goes for the Finale but they both Miz. As The Miz goes for his corner clothesline, Wade hits him with the Winds of Change for 2. Wade goes for the Bull Hammer but Miz counters with the Figure Four. Barrett gets to the ropes. Barrett hits Wasteland for 2. The Miz hits a drop toe hold and locks in the Figure Four once again for the win.

WINNER and NEW Intercontinental Champion: The Miz

The Miz celebrates with his title as we head back to Stanford, Ross, Kofi, and Dusty who talk about The Rock vs John Cena. A video package for the WWE Championship match is shown. The concludes the YouTube PreShow.

WWE Wrestlemania 29

A video describing the damage of Super Storm Sandy is shown, narrarated by NJ Governor Chris Christie. The video begins with a somber tone but quickly picks up with how New York and New Jersey fought back against the devastation. Christie welcomes us to Wrestlemania. Michael Cole opens up the show with the New Jersey National Guard waving American Flags at the entrance way. The opening video for Wrestlemania is shown with recaps of the greatest moments in Wrestlemania history shown.

Sheamus makes his way down to the ring and it looks like the 6-Man Tag Team Match will start the show. Randy Orton and The Big Show come out and the three of them walk down the ramp as a team. Michael Cole, JBL, and The King are the commentary team for the night and their are dressed in tuxedos. The Spanish Announce Team is introduced as well. The Shield’s music hits and they make their way to the ring through the crowd.

Randy Orton, Sheamus, and The Big Show vs The Shield

Roman and Sheamus start things off for their groups. Roman and Sheamus begin to punch each other into the various corners. Randy Orton is tagged in and they double team Roman. Orton begins to stomp on Roman. Roman knees Orton in the gut and tags in Rollins who is taken down. Orton goes for the 10 Corner punch and hits them all. Orton hits Rollins with a rope assisted suplex. Sheamus is tagged back in. Rollins tags in Dean and they stomp Sheamus into the corner. Continue reading Wrestlemania 29 Results: The Champ Is Here? 21-0? End Of An Era?

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John Cena Wins 2013 Royal Rumble, The Rock Returns To Capture WWE Title, Wrestlemania 29 Rematch Here We Come

Cena vs The Rock, Rematch at Wrestlemania 29?
Cena vs The Rock, Rematch at Wrestlemania 29?

 

When then Raw General Manager AJ Lee announced last year that The Rock would face the WWE Champion at the 2013 Royal Rumble, we all knew he would likely regain the WWE Title for the 1st time in 10 years to help boost ratings going into Wrestlemania Season. When the face of the WWE John Cena went into the Rumble not the WWE Champion, it set up the inevitable Cena winning the Rumble, The Rock winning the title & a rematch of Wrestlemania 28 would occur at Wrestlemania 29 this time for the biggest prize in the game. The writing was on the wall, despite CM Punk being Champion for well over a year (400+ days) lately he had been booked as weak. First beating Ryback at Hell in a Cell, thanks to a low bow from a rogue referee, then again at Survivor Series due to The Shield interfering, the same group later attacked The Rock (including during the Rumble title match) & finally not competing at the TLC PPV due to a legitimate injury. All this making it seem as if Punk couldn’t win without help over the past few months or as being afraid, when during most of his title reign he stormed through the competition. Now it seems all but destined for Punk to fight The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 (unless by some miracle Stone Cold comes back) & most likely losing to Taker to keep the streak alive.

John Cena not only beat his new nemesis Dolph Ziggler, but also a returning Chris Jericho & what seemed to be at one time a destined future Champion in Ryback. The Rock beat the odds as well, with The Shield yet again interfering & originally losing, only to have Vince McMahon restart the match. All this after what looked like to be a botched spot with a table falling apart, landing awkwardly to hurt his knee, before he was to Rock Bottom CM Punk. Isn’t this what wrestling is about, beating the odds to only seem super human & win in the end. Thus once again this year we will likely see the headline match The Rock vs Cena, this time for the WWE Title, this time with probably a different result, due to The Rock having multiple movies releasing this year thus won’t be able to appear at shows at the rate of a normal champion. Do you think we are destined for a rematch? Or is there a swerve ahead (maybe Brock Lesnar)? If there is this rematch, who will win The Rock or John Cena? My gut tells me Mr. Fruity Pebbles John Cena will triumph of Hollywood Dwayne, I mean The Rock. Welcome to Wrestlemania Season

WWE Royal Rumble Results – January 27, 2013

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The opening hype video for The Royal Rumble is shown as the show comes on the air. The WWE Championship match is the main focus of the hype video.  The opening pyro lights up the arena as Michael Cole welcomes us to the Royal Rumble. He is joined on commentary by JBL and Jerry “The King” Lawler.  Lillian Garcia is in the ring and announces that the World Title Match will kick off the show.

The Big Show makes is way down to the ring as they recap again how Alberto del Rio became the World Champion.  Alberto del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez are backstage and interrupted by Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Bret calls Alberto the “Mexican Bret Hart.” Bret gives Ricardo a pair of Hitman glasses.  Ricardo comes out and mimics Bret Hart for a second before introducing Alberto del Rio who comes down the aisle instead of in a car.  Alberto del Rio gives a little kid in the crowd his scarf as he walks down the ramp way and gets into the ring.

World Heavyweight Championship Match
Last Man Standing Match
Alberto del Rio (c) vs The Big Show

The Big Show rams Alberto into the corner and hits him with his frying pan hand. Show then drags Del Rio to another corner and does it again. Alberto comes off the middle rope but gets hit with a punch to the midsection. As The Big Show was setting up for the Spear, Alberto goes low and cuts show off at the legs as the crowd chants, “Si”. The Big Show goes for a powerbomb but Alberto reverses into a hurricanrana. Alberto goes up top and hits a seated senton. Del Rio hits his corner enziguri and goes for his armbreaker. The Big Show simply lifts Del Rio up and slams him to the mat. They are on the outside and The Big Show slaps Alberto’s chest. The Big Show grabs a steel chair and brings it into the ring. As Show was about to hit Del Rio, he is stopped and Del Rio has the chair. He beats the Giant to the ground as the ref counts. Show has Del Rio by the throat and hits a chokeslam and the ref counts. Alberto is able to get to his feet.

On the outside once again, Show bodyslams Del Rio on the concrete. Del Rio hits Show in the balls and then kicks show in the skull. The ref begins to count but The Big Show gets up. Show and Del Rio are at the beginning of the entrance area. Show throws Del Rio into a piece of the structure. Show hits Del Rio was a light bulb that fellow off the structure and sets up a table. The Big Show climbs up the entrance structure and drags Del Rio up with him. Show chokeslams Del Rio through the table. Del Rio gets to his feet as Del Rio crawls back to the ring. Show kicks Del Rio in the gut and Del Rio rolls back into the ring. Show signals for the WMD but Del Rio rolls out of the ring. Show grabs the steel steps and launches them at Del Rio’s head. Del Rio moves out of the way and Ricardo begins to hit Show. Show is speared through the time keepers area by Del Rio but The Big Show goes up. Continue reading WWE Royal Rumble Results – January 27, 2013

WWE License Heading To Take-Two/2k, THQ Officially Dissolved Via Bankruptcy Court

 

The era of THQ wrestling games is officially over. As of this afternoon, THQ as a company has been dissolved and all of it’s licenses and properties have been auctioned off. We know where several prominent franchises and studios are going but we simply have no idea on where the WWE video games license has found as a home.

What we do know is that a new company will definitely be publishing WWE games starting immediately. The Twitterverse is abuzz with rumors that either of both EA and Take Two have bought the license — and it would stand to reason that one side of the other is correct. The WWE was owed $45 million from THQ when the company went under, so most likely WWE will be looking for a stable and somewhat wealthier business partner this time around.

The status of a WWE game for 2013 will depend upon how the new publisher approaches WWE video games. If the publisher starts from scratch, there may not be another WWE game on the market for at least a year or two.  A formal court document shows that WWE’s license was NOT auctioned off in the sale of THQ’s assets. This tends to indicate WWE cancelled their licensing deal with THQ and has shopped or is shopping their property unilaterally.

WWE-THQ Rep WWE ’12 Q & A

THQ Creative Director for WWE games Corey Ledesma recently spoke to THQ about the new WWE ’12 video game. Here are some highlights:

Q: Take me through your thoughts on how SvR ’11 was received, and what you could/wish your team could have done better?

Cory: We have a lot of pride in the work we put out there, so the team felt very good about WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 being a solid product that fans were going to thoroughly enjoy. We were able to introduce a new mode, called WWE Universe, that we think was a very solid foundation for the future and got a lot of people excited to play the game. Adding dynamic object physics to gameplay was also another major addition that we felt changed the way the game looked and played for the better. All in all, we were generally pleased with how the game was received. With that being said, there were some game areas we were not completely satisfied with and feel need significant improvement. Our fans are intelligent, recognize a lot of those shortcomings as well and let us know about them. Continue reading WWE-THQ Rep WWE ’12 Q & A

THQ Drops SD vs Raw, Rebrands As WWE ’12

There has been rumblings over the past few days that THQ’s new big announcement ahead of E3 was a big one. Since picking up and running with the name in 2004, WWE and THQ today announced that Smackdown vs. Raw will no longer be used as the name for the annual wrestling game series. Smackdown vs Raw has become the best-selling wrestling series of all time, but THQ has felt the brand has stagnated, fans complaining about lack of change, morphing, unrealistic physics, amongst other things. The brand war theme as well had grown old,  especially with the WWE dropping the emphasis on brand war, even dropping the SD vs Raw PPV Bragging Rights used to promote the game. It will take on a much simpler name starting this year with WWE ’12, which will still be developed by Yuke’s. Continue reading THQ Drops SD vs Raw, Rebrands As WWE ’12