John Cena v. Seth Rollins Tables Match Added to TLC Card

The Anonymous Raw General Manager has added John Cena v. Seth Rollins in a Tables Match to the TLC pay-per-view card. Logical fallacies of a one-night-only GM making matches for a pay-per-view aside, the announcement was made after a confrontation between Rollins and Cena during the opening of Monday’s episode of Raw.

Also added to that match was the stipulation that should Cena lose, he will no longer be the number one contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (Remember that WWE has a world title?)

The official card for TLC, which is less than two weeks away, is now at three matches. Joining the Cena-Rollins skirmish are Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose in a TLC match and Ryback v. Kane in a Chairs Match.

Ringside Reads: New Japan’s Streaming Service, CM Punk Fallout, Tonight’s Raw and More

It was a busy day in the pro wrestling world, with New Japan Pro Wrestling launching its own WWE Network-style streaming service and more fallout from CM Punk’s tell-all interview with Colt Cabana. Let’s take a look at what the interwebs are saying today:

• New Japan’s aforementioned streaming service, New Japan World, is available now and includes archived content and live events, including the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 9. It costs around $8.50 per month in US dollars and is currently available on desktops, tablets and smartphones. No announcement has been made about Roku, Apple TV or console availability. [Wrestlezone]

• Steve Austin says he plans to ask Vince McMahon about CM Punk during his live podcast with the WWE Chairman, airing on the WWE Network following tonight’s broadcast of Raw. [Cageside Seats]

• Ring of Honor’s Top Prospect Tournament returns to Nashville in January. [ROH Wrestling]

• Chris Jericho was one of the many people CM Punk mentioned in his talk with Colt Cabana. Today, Jericho responded. [Cageside Seats]

• A tag team turmoil match has been added to tonight’s Raw to determine the number one contenders to the straps. []

ROH Final Battle 2014 Full Match Card

Ring of Honor presents Final Battle, live on pay-per-view on Sunday, December 7th at 8pm ET from Terminal 5 in New York City. Check here for a list of cable and satellite providers that will carry the event.

Seven matches have been announced by Ring of Honor. They are:

ROH World Championship Fight Without Honor
Adam Cole v. Jay Briscoe

ROH World TV Championship Match
Matt Sydal v. Jay Lethal

ROH World Tag Team Championship Match
The Time Splitters v. reDRagon

The Young Bucks & ACH v. The Addiction & Cedric Alexander

Michael Elgin v. Tommaso Ciampa

RD Evans v. Moose

Roderick Strong v. Adam Page

Ryback Responds to CM Punk’s Disparaging Comments

During CM Punk’s “internet-breaking” (according to host and friend Colt Cabana) appearance on the Art of Wrestling podcast, he mentioned that Ryback had hurt him in the ring because he was a careless worker. He also recounted a time when he told Ryback he must be either “dumb as fuck” or just a terrible worker, to which Ryback replied that he was just dumb.

Ryback has not taken kindly to Punk’s version of the story.

First, the Big Guy tweeted a photo which summed up his feelings about the Straight Edge Superstar, while also providing a link to Ryback’s merchandise on WWE Shop. The Big Guy is always promoting.

Ryback would later tweet some more on the situation. The tweets were deleted but, as we all know, nothing on the internet can really be erased. The good folks at Cageside Seats were able to capture them before they vanished into the ether.

In a series of three tweets, the Big Guy said, “For the record if I quit for being fragile and insecure I would make up excuses too. Things didn’t go my way for a long time and I kept. Going day in and out. Slander is a powerful thing and to state complete made up nonsense for no reason shows his insecurities. I will continue to bust my ass study matches every chance I get, cut promos when driving and push myself for hours on end even when hurt. Thank you.”

CM Punk Finally Details His Departure From WWE

CM Punk has finally opened up about the events surrounding his departure from WWE in January on his good friend Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast.

Go check out the two hour program here.

The interview has been transcribed in part by both Pro Wrestling Torch and Cageside Seats, so I’ll let you check those good people out for the details if you can’t give the show a listen.

Punk’s telling of his sitdown with Vince McMahon and Triple H is very interesting, as well as the details of how WWE finally fired him. Of course, being fired is generally what happens when you don’t show up for work for months.

The basic gist of it all is – just as we thought – Punk was fed up with how he had been booked and treated by WWE brass. He says he’ll never come back and never wrestle again but, as they always say in the wrestling business, you can never say never.

Go check out the podcast for all the juicy bits.