Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wrestling Lockup With Brandon,4.29.14: WWE Raw

What's up gang?! Welcome back to another edition of Wrestling Lockup with Brandon. It's RAW Review Tuesday and what a RAW it was last night. Last night's RAW was the WWE Extreme Rules "go-home" edition and it took place in St. Louis, Missouri, "The Viper" Randy Orton's hometown. Let's get things started, shall we?!

Highlights of RAW:

- Daniel Bryan returned this week in a neck brace after his brutal attack from Kane last Monday. Stephanie McMahon publicly apologizes to Bryan after his vicious attack from Kane last Monday. Bryan says Steph is full of crap and that she's a liar. Steph gives Bryan's wife Brie Bella a WWE Divas Title Match trying to buy forgiveness. The match ends in a no-contest as Kane pops up through the ring, tries to grab Brie and drag her under. Bryan hits Kane with a monkey wrench however Kane gets back up and choke slams Bryan. The segment ends with WWE officials helping Bryan as Brie escapes another Kane attempted kidnapping and joins her husband. #devilsfavoritedemon #yesmovement

- The finals of the #1 Contender to the WWE Intercontinental Title took place with RVD facing Bad News Barrett. Barrett advanced to Extreme Rules to face Big E. for the IC Title after RVD was distracted by Cesaro who came to the ring to fight with Jack Swagger who also came out. RVD, Cesaro and Swagger all brawled with each other after the match.

- John Cena stands inside a steel cage and asks the WWE Universe why they voted a 3 on 1 Handicap Match last week and why do they side with Bray Wyatt after everything Cena has done for the WWE Universe. The fans rained down boos and "You Suck" chants. Cena is interrupted by a choir of kids surrounding the ring with sheep masks on and The Wyatt Family singing "Whole World In His Hands" Bray Wyatt rocks in his chair and laughs hysterically to close out the segment. Very creepy segment.

- The Usos defended the WWE Tag Team Titles against Curtis Axel and Ryback. Jey Uso hurts his leg diving over the top rope early in the match but fought through the pain.

- Hugh Jackman......yes actor Hugh "Wolverine" Jackman appeared to sell his new X-Men movie in a segment with Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow who was dressed as Magneto. Filler comedy skit.

- Adam Rose debuts next week.

- Ric Flair returned making Evolution a whole four again. Flair however turned his back on Evolution and let it be known he'd be supporting The Shield. Roman Reigns battled Randy Orton in the main event. The match ends in a no-contest as a brawl between the two factions breaks out. Evolution gains the upper hand and viciously attacks The Shield. The Shield fight back and chase Evolution from the ring to close the show.

Quick Match Results:
- WWE Tag Team Titles: The Usos (c) def. Curtis Axel and Ryback by pin to retain the tag team titles.
- Sheamus def. Titus O'Neil by pin.
- Cesaro def. Jack Swagger by pin.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Cody Rhodes by submission.
- Alexander Rusev def. Xavier Woods by DQ.
- 3MB def. Los Matadores by pin.
- WWE Divas Title: Paige (c) vs Brie Bella went to a no-contest.
- IC Title #1 Contender Finals: Bad News Barrett def. RVD by pin.
- Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton went to a no-contest.

WWE News and Rumors:

- Sources are saying that the USA Network is looking to keep WWE on board for RAW programming regardless of what other networks offer them. A recent Ad Age article stated that the WWE have profited over $1 billion dollars in the past two years for the USA Network. My only gripe is, push more talent in the 3 hour time slot or go back to 2 hours please.

- The hottest free agent in wrestling, CM Punk, was spotted last week at a Chicago Blackhawks playoff game with his real life girlfriend AJ Lee. Still unknown if Punk will ever return to the wrestling scene or if he's officially retired.

- Dean Ambrose is now the longest reigning WWE United States Champion under the WWE banner, clocking in at 344 days, as of April 28th. He'll actually defend that title for once (which he doesn't do often if ever) this Friday on Smackdown in a 3 on 1 Handicap Match.

- WWE has signed Leyvonna Zakari, an actress and model from California to a developmental deal with the company. She reported this week to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. I've always hated this idea of WWE hiring non-experienced women wrestlers. 75% of them end up becoming horrible wrestlers, just my opinion.

And that's a wrap! I'll return with more WWE News and Rumors Saturday as I review WWE Smackdown. Until then tap or snap.

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