WWE And TNA Wresting Review for the Week of 2/23/14

Before I begin this Wrestling recap WWE began a new era this
Monday. The WWE Network was launched. Did anyone purchased it?
Monday Night Raw begins this week with them showing the WrestleMania
sign and Hulk Hogan music hits everyone on their feet. Michael Cole, Jerry The
King Lawler and JBL were also on their feet. He cant talk because Universe it
chanting his name but finally says “Well let me tell you something brother
and tonight I finally am home.” The fans go crazy. He talks about making
history in the past and today it continues because of the WWE Universe and
because of them now there is the WWE Network. Then he hypes WrestleMania 30 and
announces he is the official host of WrestleMania 30. He says he has one more
thing and that is “What you going to do? What you going to do with Hulkamania
runs wild on you?” I thought someone will come out maybe Real Americans
but nothing. They do announce Daniel Bryan will face Kane and Brock Lesnar
would appear. Also a rematch from the Elimination Chamber pay per view of
Batista vs. Del Rio
which would be the first match of the night.
Alberto Del Rio comes out first then Batista with mostly
boos he points to a sign that says “Bootista and smile at it as if he likes
it. I do have to say there are a lot of booing as he did his ring entrance.
Batista control beginning of the match. We here lets go Batista then Bootista.
The way the crowd was chanting it felt like Del Rio
was the face because every time Del
Rio took control the Universe cheered.  Del Rio goes
for the kick and kind of misses but Batista goes for the powerbomb but Randy
Orton comes out and distracts Batista and Del
Rio rolls him up for the win. Orton tells Batista that
he doesn’t realize the people don’t like him and they are booing them. Batista
says he loves this business and if the fans cheer him then he will cheer them
back and if they boo him he will boo them back its called honestly. He tells
Orton the he doesn’t believe he used to call him a friend and at WrestleMania
he will become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Big E. vs. Cesaro with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter was the
next match. Big E. didn’t really have any crowd reaction but Cesaro had a decent
one with the “We the People” chant. Big E. knocks him out of the ring
and he regroups with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Big E. hits a big belly to
belly suplex. Ceasro tries to knock Big E. down but Big E. doesn’t go down but
Cesaro hits the leg kick to Big E. face and he goes down. Big E. goes for a
jump body slam but Cesaro catches him in the air and slams him. Cesaro is
unbelievable in the ring with his strength. This match was strength vs.
strength. Big E. goes for big ending but Cesaro reverses it and hits the big
uppercut. He calls for the swing fans go crazy but Big E. kicks him. With a
distraction from Swagger Ceasro hits the swing but Swagger comes it and hits
Big E. with the patriot lock causing the DQ and Ceasro was pissed. Big E.
attack Swagger but Ceasro kicks him and hits the neutralizer.
John Cena comes out to address why the Wyatt Family came out
and attacked him during the chamber match. He says Raw 1087 begins a new era
because of the WWE Network was launched. He says he has says it before if any
rookie superstars want to make a name for themselves they have to go through
him. He calls out The Wyatt family and at first they don’t come out and they
finally do. Bray Wyatt says his usual Wyatt promo. The Wyatt Family surrounds
the ring. Cena tells them if anyone of them goes through the bottom rope he
will take them out. This doesn’t stop them and they enter and they take Cena to
the mat. They get of Cena and he goes to the corner holding his knee. We see
the trainer go over to Cena and he waves the trainer off. The Wyatt Family look
at Cena and Cena goes after them and they take him out again then they get off
him. The Wyatt Family leave the ring as Cena is holding his knee. Out of no
where Rowan comes back in and goes after Cena but Bray comes back in and takes
Cena out for good. We don’t know if this is a story line or if Cena was really
injured. If he is injured this might take away from WrestleMania.
The show what happened during the pre show (this can be seen
on the WWE Network) between Christian and Sheamus arguing. Brad Maddox was
being interviewed at the time and intervenes and makes a match Christian vs.
Sheamus and this leads into the match. Sheamus hits Christian a few times and
throws him to the outside. Christian comes back and tries to slam Sheamus into
the ringpost but Sheamus reverses it. Christian played the heel of the match
and at one point he raked Sheamus in the eyes. Towards the end Christian goes
to the top turnbuckle and as he comes down Sheamus hits the brogue kick and
picks up the win.
Earlier on the Network we were shown The Authority arriving
to the arena and Renee Young asks them about The WWE Network debuting and as
they are talking Daniel Bryan interrupts them. He asks them what does he have
to do. Every time he get close to the winning the WWE World Heavyweight
Championship they find a way to make him lose. He demands a match at
WrestleMania against Triple H. He tells Triple H to stop hiding behind
Stephanie skirt. Stephanie tells him tonight that he will get his revenge on
the guy who deserves it and that is Kane.
We see backstage Dean Ambrose talking to Seth Rollins and
Roman Regins and they keep asking him what happened the night before. For those
who don’t know during their match at the Elimination Chamber pay per view
Ambrose and Bray fought through the crowd and only Bray came back. Ambrose said
he keeps answering their question for the past 24 hours and he is done and
walks out. The Wyatt Family comes out of no where and Regins tells them they
don’t belong there. Regins challenges Bray to a match and says Bray will leave
the Family behind and he will leave the hounds of justice behind. Bray accepts
the challenge to the match.
Daniel Bryan vs. Bryan
was the next match. Bryan
comes out to a big ovation and Kane came out not his usual attire he came out
wear a more corporate attire. Kane start to attack Bryan
injured arm but Bryan
is able to work through it. He start to take out Kane knee. Kane was able to
take back full control. At one point he throw Bryan into the steel steps. This was a good
match between these two former friends. Kane chockslams Bryan
and pins Bryan
but only for a two count. Bryan
tries to go for the YES lock but Kane reversed it and tried to go for the
chockslam again but Byran reverses that and connects the running knee for the
After the match Bryan
goes on the mic and call Triple H a coward. He says Triple H hides behind Stephanie
skirt. He says the Triple H has ignore what the fans want since he put on a
suit. He tell Triple H to listen to the fans to the Yes Chants and give them
what they want and that is Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 30.
We see The Usos and the Tag Team Champions New Age Outlaws
in the ring. They have a match as the referee calls for the bell to begin the
match Road Dogg tells the referee to hold on and tells The Usos that there is
no hurry and if they can leave the ring for a minute and they do. He begins
there usual promo “Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls and children of
all ages. Degeneration X proudly brings to you the six time tag team champions
of the world the Road Dogg Jesse James….” and The Usos come into the
ring superkicks Road Dogg and Jey throws Billy Gunn outside the ring and Jey
goes for the splash onto to Gunn outside the ring. Jimmy goes for the frog
splash onto Road Dogg and for the pin for the win.
The main event of the night was Roman Regins vs. Bray Wyatt.
During the match you heard the fans chanting boring. My opinion its was a good
match. This was a back and forth match. Bray 
suplexs Regins and hits the crossbody slam. Towards the end Regins hits
the side slam and calls for the superman punch and the lights go out. When they
go back on The Family is outside the ring and Seth Rollins comes out of nowhere
and does a flip over the top rope onto them and Regins is happy but Bray rolls
him up for a two count. He throws Regins to the outside. They begin to attack
Seth Rollins and we hear Michael Cole say where is Dean Ambrose and he comes
out to help the Shield. Regins gets back into the ring and hits the superman
punch on Bray but Ambrose attacks Bray for the DQ.
We see Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman backstage. Heyman tells
Lesnar to not to go crazy in the ring and to act like a gentleman. They come
out and Heyman introduces himself and Lesnar. Now this is a table in the ring
so its obvious someone is going to go through it. Heyman says Lesnar is in a
bad mood. He says Batista and Orton should fight now and Lesnar should face the
winner at WrestleMania 30 but The Authority doesn’t want it. He says The
Authority is allowing him to choose his own opponent at WrestleMania. He says
Lesnar deserve to make history and if they don’t give him what he wants they
wont be at WrestleMania. They are about to leave but the dongs go off and The
Undertaker music hits and he come out. He stops half way looks at the rings and
continues to the ring. We see Lesnar face and he looks shocked to see Taker.
Taker gets into Lesnar face and them looks at the WrestleMania sign. Lesnar
sings the contract on the table and pushes the pen against Taker chest. Taker
grabs the pen and Heyman says he signed the contract and Lesnar slams his hand
onto the contract. Taker slams the pen into Lesnar hand and chockslams him into
the table and he looks again at the WrestleMania sign. So I get The Undertaker
is healthy enough to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. I heard numerous report
that they didn’t know if he was in good shape to face Lesnar. But when he
chockslamed Lesnar into the table and took his hood off he looked in decent
shape and better then the picture that was posted online two weeks ago.
Impact Wrestling begins this week with a recap from last
week show. We see Gunner backstage looking for James Storm. We hear a reporter
ask Gunner what is he going to say to James Storm. He says when Storm shows up
he has no chance in hell. They announce Dixie Carter wasn’t in attendance and
Bobby Roode has match making ability.
MVP comes out and says he is back in London. He says last week because of James
Storm Magnus retain and eventually Gunner will get his rematch. He say at
Lockdown Samoe Joe will face TNA World Heavyweight Champion Magnus. MVP
introduces Samoe Joe (comes out a loud ovation) and then introduces TNA World
Heavyweight Champion Magnus (comes out to a lot of heat). MVP says he is surprised
Magnus is out there by himself. Magnus says Dixie isn’t there because he
reminds her that London
isn’t as great as it used to be. He says since he left this place it has gone
to hell. It was time for the contract signing between Joe and Magnus. MVP
announces the match at Lockdown will be Joe rule. Which means one can win only
by submission or knock out. Joe signs the contract and Magnus looks pissed. He
says if they think they have one on him, he has more aces up his sleeve. He
says Joe will never ever again represent the TNA company as TNA World
Heavyweight Champion and Magnus signs. He get in Joe face and he headbutts
Magnus and attacks Magus. He beat the hell out of him. MVP tells Joe to save it
for the cage match but doesn’t work and the referee.
It was announced this past Sunday at a live event The Wolves
beat The Bromens to become tag team champions. We see Bromans in the back
looking for Bobby Roode and they want to be on Team Dixie. He tells them that
Bad influence wanted to be on the team but they lost and Bromans lost their tag
team championship to The Wolves. He sets up a match which consists of Bromans
vs. Bad Influence vs. The Wolves. If Bromans or Bad Influence win they are on
the team but if The Wolves win the search continues. He only wants winners on
his team.
Bromans vs. Bad Influence vs. The Wolves was next. The
Wolves tripped up Broman and then hit surfboard stretches then they go to hit
Kaz who then begs them to stop. Daniels ends up tripping them. Daniels then
starts to mock Bromans by asking them for a tag.  The end came when Eddie hits the splash on
Daniels but Robbie blind tags himself in and throws Eddie to the outside and
pins Daniels for the win.
Backstage we see Bobby Roode and Austin Aires talking.  Roode tells Aries not to trust MVP and Aries
asks why should he trust Dixie Carter. Roode tells him to make the right
decision and Aries says that all Roode cares about is his 10% ownership if his
team wins and he always makes the right decision.
ECIII vs. Doug Williams was the next match. Williams comes
out a decent ovation because they were in the UK. I might be wrong but the last
time we see Williams was the last time they were in the UK. ECIII mocks
Williams and the UK
and Williams punches ECIII. Williams hits ECIII but then ECIII whips Williams.
At the end ECIII low blows Williams when the referee isn’t looking and hits the
one percenter for the win. After the match he stomps on Williams and puts a
different look angle lock on Williams.
We saw James Storm backstage walking to the ring. He comes
out mix of cheer and boos but mostly cheers. He tells Gunner he doesn’t run and
hide from anyone and tells Gunner here he is. Gunner comes out and tells Gunner
not to do anything crazy. He tells Gunner he did screw him over and had it all
planned out since he had the briefcase take away from him during the feast or
fired match. But it finally hit him when Gunner ended him the briefcase for the
tag team title match like it was garbage of scraps you give to a dog. Storm
says Gunner was nothing before he teamed with Storm. Gunner said while in the
army a thank you was standing side by side with your friends. Storm says no one
care if Gunner lived or died while in the army. Gunner says his family and
friends and these people care. Storm says no one cares if he came back or not.
Gunner punches Storm and leads to the outside the ring. Storm grabs a chair and
tried to hit Gunner but runs off into the stands.
We come back and see Magnus in the ring with a wrestler from
knows as Bad Bones. So we have a match Samoe Joe vs. Bad Bones. Bones attack
Joe first but Joe is able to take of control with series of kicks. Joe sets up
the muscle buster then the rear naked chock for the win in this quick win. On
the look of Magnus face he look terrified.
Up next was finally Kurt Angle Hall of Fame induction
ceremony. JB is in the ring and they show the video of Angle attributes. JB
says other thing but cant here what he is saying because the crowd is loud. He
introduces Kurt Angle and its a loud ovation. Angle comes out and limping a
lot. JB says on behalf of TNA Wresting and millions of fans in the world he
hand him a watch and they hug. Angle says thanks to the fans and its a honor.
The hall of fame isn’t all about him (just a little bit) and not about TNA
Wrestling but its about the fans and because of the fans TNA wouldn’t be
around. He says when he was suppose to receive this honor in October he wasn’t
stable enough to take the honor. But when he came to London he knew it since his act was clean. He
thanks the good Lord, his wife and kids.
ECIII comes out and interrupts this ceremony and says he has
a video of his own when he attacked Angle and took out his knee. Angle welcomes
him to come to the ring since he wants to hear what he has to say. ECIII thanks
him for allowing him to come to the ring. ECIII announces the he received news
the Angle has a torn ACL and need surgery and not known if Angle can ever
wrestle again. He apologizes for taking him out like that. He tell Angle he
thinks its time for him to retire. Angle says why would he get into the ring
when Angle can tear him about. ECIII says he know Angle needs surgery. Angle
tells him to check his sources next time. ECIII says the Internet is always
right. Angle tells him since he is the source his ACL has no tear and does he
really want to be in the ring with Kurt Angle. ECIII has a shock look on his
face and say no he doesn’t. Angle says he knows ECIII is new there and wants to
make a name for himself but why would you pick Kurt Angle and punches him. Angle
music plays but he tell them to cut the music. He says the new investor gave
him a present and that at Lockdown in a steel cage match Kurt Angle vs. ECIII.
We come back and see James Storm and Gunner brawling in the
parking lot. It was a violent brawl. They had to be separated by the agents and
a gate. At lock down it will be Storm vs. Gunner in a cage.
The main event Bobby Roode vs. MVP with special guest
referee Austin Aries. MVP begins the match by putting Roode in a headlock then
a hip toss but Roode counter with a headscissors. This match went back and
forth till then end. The end came when MVP goes to kick Roode in the face but
Aries step in and distracts MVP allowing Roode to hit the power bomb for the
win. Does this mean Aries is on Team Dixie?
Friday Night Smackdown begins this week with The Animal
Batista coming out to a mix of cheers and boos. Batista says he loves this
business and this company. He didn’t come back to be liked. He says he came
back to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion and he can destroy anyone who gets in
his way. He says the fans can chant for a wannabe and they chant YES but they
should chant NO. The heroes aren’t as good as he is and the fans need to get
out of their fantasy world back into the reality. He will destroy anyone who
gets in his path to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After his promo
ends he climbs the top turnbuckle and does his posse. Now Batista is officially
heel. But Dolph Ziggler music hits and he comes out to a decent ovation. He
tells Batista that he cant tell people who to cheer for and he call Batista a
dinosaur that will become extinct. He challenges Batista to a match and Batista
laughs and accepts and Ziggler drop kicks Batista and leaves the ring really
Big E. and Mark Henry vs. The Real American with Zeb Colter
was the fast match of the evening. Henry and Big E. control beginning of the
match. Cesaro took over after Swagger took the beating in the beginning. After
Cesaro takes over the control out of no where Swagger blind tags himself in and
Cesaro doesn’t look happy. Swagger
does chopblocks onto Henry’s knees and he applies the patriot lock. Cesaro blind
tags himself in and hits a neutralizer for the win. Could we see friction
between The Real Americans.
Backstage we see
Vickie Guerrero and Alberto Del Rio enter her office. He asks Vickie for a
favor and before he can say anything she says Batista is already in a match so
Del Rio says he will take the night off and starts to flirt with her and
Sheamus comes in and says he is looking for a fight and makes fun of Del Rio
flirting words. Vickie books the match which was next.
Sheamus vs.
Alberto Del Rio match begins when Sheamus throws Del Rio outside the ring and throws him over
the announce table. Sheamus put in back into the ring and as Sheamus goes into
the ring Christian music hit and he comes out and causes a distraction and Del Rio drop kicks
Sheamus.  Del Rio stomps on Sheamus and goes to the top
turnbuckle but Sheamus hits the electric chair and powerbomb. Sheamus goes for the
cloverleaf but Christian runs in and attack Sheamus for the DQ. Shemaus kicks
Christian out the ring but Del Rio
goes for the attack on Sheamus but Sheamus hits the bougue kick and Christian
hits the killswitch on Sheamus.
Backstage we see
Roman Regins and Dean Ambrose arguing about what happened at the Elimination
Chamber and this past Monday. Seth Rollins breaks them up and says Bray Wyatt
better not think about moving on and starting a war with John Cena.  He says they will avenge their loss at the
Elimination Chamber and they will show the Wyatt’s what happens when they mess
with The Shield.
The next match
was Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler begins the offense on Batista by running
at him. Batista exits the ring to compose himself then pull Ziggler outside the
ring and throws him into the barricade. This wasn’t a long match and it ended
with Batista hitting a few spine busters then a Batista Bomb for the win.
The Wyatt Family
came out and Bray Wyatt did his usual Wyatt promo. He says he does what the
weak people are afraid to do. He talks about them taking out John Cena. Bray sais follow the Buzzard
and then The Shield comes out and interrupts. They have a standoff on the
apron. Triple H comes out and says this wont happen now but he likes to promote
matches first and this Monday on Rae it will be The Wyatt Family vs. The Shield
and he tell The Shield to stand down. Bray tell The Shield to listen to their
daddy. He tell Rowan and Harper to leave and they do. Out of no where Ambrose
and Rollins dives between the ropes onto Rowan and Harper then they get back
into the ring. Its only The Shield and Bray Wyatt in the ring but Bray leaves
the ring.
The main event of
the night was The Usos and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and the Tag Team Champions The
New Age Outlaws was next. Daniel Bryan and Billy Gunn starts the match. Bryan starts with kicking
Gunn. Gunn pushes Bryan
into the heel corner and tags in Kane. Kane start punching Bryan in the corner. Bryan makes a tag to Jey then the faces take
advantage. Bryan
comes into the ring but after a few minutes starts get beat down again mostly
by Kane. The end came when The Usos splash Kane and Road Dogg. Inside the ring
Gunn goes for the Fameasser but Bryan floats over and hits the running knee for
the win. This was a very decent match.
I read that CM
Punk would be returning at Monday Night Raw. One possible reason is since
Batista turned heel this past Friday CM Punk will be inserted into the main
event to make it a three way match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. We
will find out this Monday night.

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One Thought to “WWE And TNA Wresting Review for the Week of 2/23/14”

  1. Glad they did the memorium towards Big Daddy V at the beginning. I thought Aries betrayal was more definitive and that he was definitely Team Roode.

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