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.
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. [WWE.com]
The New Day – the stable comprised of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – made its debut on Smackdown, following weeks of teaser vignettes. This was actually a lot of fun and here’s hoping it works out for Big E, Kingston and Woods, three guys with loads of talent that haven’t been able to break through the creative department’s ceiling in the past.
Here’s a preview of tonight’s episode of The Amazing Race
, which features Brooke Tessmacher walking a tightrope suspended between two buildings. Safety harness or not, this is some scary stuff.
Brooke and fellow TNA performer Robbie E have been competing as a team on the CBS series, which airs Fridays at 8pm ET.
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
Kevin Steen is on his way to NXT and WWE has released a teaser video, detailing his motivations for fighting along with confirming his new name, Kevin Owens.
NXT has quickly become the most entertaining weekly show WWE has to offer and it’s only getting better.
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.”
It was 24 years ago on Thanksgiving that the then-WWF revealed the contents of an egg sitting by the entrance way during Survivor Series. The Gobbledy Gooker emerged from the shell and the result was one of the lamest – and now most legendary – debuts in pro wrestling history.
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.
Daniel Bryan returned to Raw on Monday to run the show for a night but his in-ring return date is still an uncertainty, according to the man himself. In this interview conducted by Michael Cole, Bryan discusses Survivor Series, Sting’s appearance and his thoughts on Monday’s Raw.