24Wrestling http://www.24wrestling.com WWE SummerSlam 2013 Results Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:28:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Brock Lesnar & John Cena Not At RAW On Monday, SmackDown Fallout (Video) http://www.24wrestling.com/brock-lesnar-john-cena-raw-monday-smackdown-fallout-video/ http://www.24wrestling.com/brock-lesnar-john-cena-raw-monday-smackdown-fallout-video/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:28:31 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49091 - Both John Cena and Brock Lesnar are not scheduled to appear live at this coming Monday’s edition of WWE RAW. We reported earlier this week that although he wasn’t scheduled, Lesnar could possibly appear on Monday’s RAW. At this point, however, it seems unlikely.

- Below is the latest edition of “SmackDown Fallout” for this week’s show:

(Partial Credit: F4WOnline.com)

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Paul Heyman Talks His Early Days, Lesnar Ending Taker’s Streak, SummerSlam http://www.24wrestling.com/paul-heyman-talks-early-days-lesnar-ending-takers-streak-summerslam/ http://www.24wrestling.com/paul-heyman-talks-early-days-lesnar-ending-takers-streak-summerslam/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:23:08 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49088 The following are highlights of a new Busted Open Radio interview with Paul Heyman:

On his early days in the business hustling to get press passes: “I just didn’t want to be another face in the crowd. I was a huge fan of the product. On Sunday my parents would go to the lower east side of Manhattan because my Mother likes to shop there and my Father and I would bum around before we picked up my Mother. One of the things My Father liked to do was we would pick up these radical lower New York free news papers with their own social agenda because their writing was always very passionate. Whether we agreed with their politics or not doesn’t matter, you would find great emotions in the writing. In one of these papers was a sports column and it was more of a sports gossip column and the writer mentioned that after Madison Square Garden, Vincent J McMahon would take his inner circle to lunch at Ben Bensons Steak House in midtown Manhattan.

“Now I don’t know the readership of this article, so I don’t know if a lot of old WWWF fans got to see this, so I figured this was some inside information. I found out that the office was at the Cape Cod Coliseum which was owned by Vincent Kennedy McMahon, so I called and said ‘My name is Paul Heyman. I was told to call by Vince McMahon to get my press pass for Madison Square Garden’. I’m put through 3-4 assistants until I got patched through to Vince J McMahon. I said ‘This is Paul Heyman from the Wrestling Times’ because we have The New York Times. I said ‘I was talking to you at Ben Bensons and you said to call you about a press pass at Madison Square Garden.’ He said ‘I did?!’. I said ‘Yeah you did.’ Because who else would know he dines at Ben Bensons and who would tell him that he was in a radical news paper in the lower east side of New York with a readership of a couple hundred, so I must have been real.

“He said ‘Go to the Holland Hotel at 42nd street and 8th Ave and talk to Gorilla Monsoon and Arnold Skaaland and I look forward to seeing you at the Garden.’ I got a ride down to the Holland Hotel and I saw Monsoon and Skaaland playing pinnacle with a bottle of booze, I got my press pass, BS’d my way into Madison Square Garden with my press pass and got in Vince Sr’s good graces by snapping some photos with him and Andre The Giant and bringing him some 8X10 the next month. For the rest of the time he was in charge, I would bring pictures they could use in their programs or on posters and they would give me 50 bucks for my transportation and trouble. I’ve always found that honesty is dramatically overrated.”

On Brock Lesnar vs John Cena at SummerSlam: “Brock Lesnar is going to beat John Cena. That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Brock is going to win and it will bring more prestige and box office draw to the championship title than anybody in the past 25 years. Brock Lesnar is going to make that title mean more than it ever has before and people are going to understand that when the title is on the line it is special and it’s going to mean something.”

On the shock of Lesnar ending Undertaker’s Streak and why people didn’t believe him when he announced that Taker will lose to Lesnar: “You should have listened to me. I’m gonna tell you this again, Brock Lesnar is going to deliver an F-5 that will drive Cena with such force he will pin John Cena and win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. You can believe what I’m telling you and you won’t be surprised next time you interview me and you can say ‘every time Heyman says something it comes true. He’s not Nostradamus and he doesn’t have a crystal ball or any special voodoo powers’ Brock Lesnar is going to beat John Cena. Take it to the bank.”

On where the moment Brock pinned the Undertaker ranks in his career: “As an advocate and performer, it is the moment. Absolutely. Nothing else is even close. John Cena brought it up on Monday night. 40 men have held the WWE championship. Only one man can say ‘I beat the streak’. That’s a moment. The only equivalent I can give you is if someone was announced as the President of the United States and someone comes up and says ‘I’ve been elected God’. There have been a few men who ever had the title. Only one man beat the streak.”

On his relationship with Vince McMahon today: “Strictly platonic. I think Vince McMahon serves his company well as the chairman and recognizes the talents and exploiting the ability of Paul Heyman every Monday night on Raw.”

Check out the complete interview at BustedOpenNation.com.

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Jericho Says SD! Match Was Physical, WWE Stock Up Today, JBL & Cole Show http://www.24wrestling.com/jericho-says-sd-match-physical-wwe-stock-today-jbl-cole-show/ http://www.24wrestling.com/jericho-says-sd-match-physical-wwe-stock-today-jbl-cole-show/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:18:55 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49085 - WWE stock was up yet again today by 4.41 percent, closing at $13.03 per share. The high for today was $13.07, while the low was $12.30 per share.

- Below is the latest edition of The JBL & Cole Show:

- Prior to the airing of tonight’s edition of WWE SmackDown, which was taped this past Tuesday night, Chris Jericho tweeted the following regarding the physicality of his match on the show with Erick Rowan:

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VIDEO: Triple H Announces NXT Takeover 2 Special For September 11th http://www.24wrestling.com/video-triple-h-announces-nxt-takeover-2-special-september-11th/ http://www.24wrestling.com/video-triple-h-announces-nxt-takeover-2-special-september-11th/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:12:55 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49081 Below is a video of Triple H announcing the third NXT live special on the WWE Network, “NXT Takeover 2,” at the NXT television tapings on Thursday evening in Winter Park, Florida.

NXT Takeover 2 is scheduled to air live on the WWE Network on September 11th, with the following matches official thus far for the show:

NXT Championship
- Adrian Neville (c) vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd

NXT Women’s Championship
- Charlotte (c) vs. Bayley

NXT Tag Team Championship
- The Ascension (c) vs. Sin Cara and Kalisto

Hair vs. Hair Match
Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady vs. Sylvester Lefort & Marcus Louis

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Mr. Anderson Talks Sting In WWE, TNA’s Six-Sided Ring, The Attitude Era & More http://www.24wrestling.com/mr-anderson-talks-sting-wwe-tnas-six-sided-ring-attitude-era/ http://www.24wrestling.com/mr-anderson-talks-sting-wwe-tnas-six-sided-ring-attitude-era/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 02:04:30 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49078 The following are highlights of a new CBS New York interview with Mr. Anderson:

On if wrestlers had a say in the six-sided ring returning: “As far as I know (wrestlers) didn’t have any. As far as I know that was strictly an organizational thing. You know, the higher ups in the company going off of the fans vote on it. I believe that was completely out of our hands. I had no say in it as far as I know.”

On whether or not the Attitude Era is now holding pro wrestling back: “I sort of think that if fans are holding on to ECW and that era and things from the past, I sort of think that means we’re not giving them what they want to see… I think the best way to go about that is to keep trying new things until something works. And that’s what we do. That’s what our writers do. They’re continuously coming up with new ideas.”

On if Sting told TNA he was going to WWE: “No, he didn’t make any mention. This is the nature of our business. The wrestling business… people come and people go. It’s sort of been that way forever.”

Check out the complete interview at CBSLocal.com.

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Viewership For This Week’s Destination X Edition Of Impact Wrestling http://www.24wrestling.com/viewership-weeks-destination-x-edition-impact-wrestling/ http://www.24wrestling.com/viewership-weeks-destination-x-edition-impact-wrestling/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:54:31 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49075 The Thursday, July 31st edition of TNA Impact Wrestling on Spike TV averaged 1.383 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. That is down from the previous week’s average of 1.42 million viewers.

The final rating for this week’s Impact Wrestling should be available on Saturday.

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Paul Heyman Talks TNA’s NYC Taping, His Beef With Long Island Fans, McMahon http://www.24wrestling.com/paul-heyman-talks-tnas-nyc-taping-beef-long-island-fans-mcmahon/ http://www.24wrestling.com/paul-heyman-talks-tnas-nyc-taping-beef-long-island-fans-mcmahon/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 01:50:12 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49072 The following are highlights of a new Newsday interview with Paul Heyman:

On his rocky relationship with the McMahon’s: “I look at it from many different perspectives. Number one, I don’t think I ever had any bigger advocate, besides my father, than Vince McMahon during the 1990s. There’s a story that is recounted on the documentary. I was sitting in the office with Steven Chau in 2000, who was the president of the USA Network reporting directly to Barry Diller. This was at the time when WWE was in federal court in order to jump to Viacom off of USA Network. And USA was looking to fill the programming slot, and ECW was the frontrunner for that option at the time. And during the meeting, Steven Chau showed me a printed-out email that he had received the night before from Vince McMahon that said, “If your network doesn’t do business with ECW and, more specifically, with Paul Heyman, you will be depriving your network of a great resource and your viewers of guaranteed great programming.” And Vince had no reason to do that except it’s what he felt at the time. He felt ECW was a great shop for the industry in terms of developing talent. So I can’t tell you that I’ve spent my life butting heads with the McMahons. I’ve had my ups and downs with them, as anybody else in my position would. I would not have guessed three or four years ago that a documentary on my career would have been released by WWE. But I wouldn’t have guessed three or four years ago that I would have been back in WWE.”

On criticizing Long Island fans in the past during RAW: “I called them “the worst audience we ever performed in front of,” and said “We shouldn’t ever tape television here.” I’m fine with it. It was a reaction for the moment. They were a lousy crowd that night. Here’s the funny thing: Nothing drives a performance like an audience that gives back, and even takes over. ECW was a product that will be remembered as much, if not more, for its audience interaction as for the things that happened in the ring. The WWE Superstars look forward to every time they see Chicago on the schedule. We spend a year building toward WrestleMania, and the number-two thing everybody looks forward to is the “Raw” the day after WrestleMania, because it’s the wildest crowd of the year. I’m from New York and I go to Chicago or the day after WrestleMania and see these wild crowds, and as a New Yorker, you want to say, “If this was in New York it would be even better.” And you think about the legendary crowds at Madison Square Garden. So we bring a live, worldwide TV show, not to the Garden, but to the Nassau Coliseum, and the crowd is just sitting there with their thumbs up their tuckuses. It’s like, “Hey, we’re all New Yorkers and you’re making New York look bad. Get up off your butt and make this show. And if you don’t like the show, take over. Boo the show. Vociferously and energetically and passionately boo us out of the building. But don’t just sit there.” The opposite of loving the product isn’t hating the product. It’s apathy. And it makes for terrible television. Why is John Cena the biggest star in the industry? Because, whether you love him or you hate him, you’re at the top of your lungs about him.”

On TNA taping in NYC where Taz and others referenced ECW, and if they should let it finally die: “I think it’s very much time for anybody and everybody to move on, especially on a product that you’re trying to push forward. Nostalgia tours are great, but not in a youth oriented and dominated industry. I think the lesson learned in all this is that Spike TV didn’t renew them. And one of the reasons has to be that the most passionate reaction they can get is for a product that went away in 2001. And they’ve been trying to brand themselves since their inception and they can’t get it done. They should have spent that time and energy trying to brand themselves and not trying to elicit a response of an audience based on a product that they don’t even own.”

Check out the complete interview at Newsday.com.

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WWE Fantasy Camp, Performance Center VIP Experience http://www.24wrestling.com/wwe-fantasy-camp-performance-center-vip-experience/ http://www.24wrestling.com/wwe-fantasy-camp-performance-center-vip-experience/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 22:00:31 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49068 WWE sent out a survey to their Fan Council mailing list on Friday gauging interest on two interactive experiences the company is considering offering to fans. The first is a one-day VIP Experience at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. The second is a 3-night/2-day “WWE Fantasy Camp.” Details on both are below.

The survey included various questions about both offerings, including the chance to express various levels of interest (Not Interested-Extremely Interested) for each of the activities included. Fans were also asked how important it was that airfare, transportation and hotel were included in the packages.

Package One would grant you a one day VIP Experience at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The experience would not involve any physicality but would provide you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the WWE brand in a never-before-seen setting.

You will receive:

  • Unprecedented access to the WWE Performance Center amenities
  • Observe an NXT promo class taught by Dusty Rhodes
  • See what it takes to become a WWE Superstar by watching a training session with NXT Coaches
  • Meet NXT Superstars/Coaches and WWE Legends
  • Attend a private live event at the WWE Performance Center.
  • Take home WWE Performance Center Merchandise

The one-day VIP Experience would be an exclusive, ticketed event, limited to 40 fans ages 18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Q: If the cost to attend a One Day VIP experience at the WWE Performance Center was $1,250 how likely would you be to purchase the experience? What if it was $1,200? $1,000? $750?

Package Two would grant you a 3 Night/2 Day stay in Orlando, Florida (hotel accommodations included).The overnight Fantasy Camp would not involve any physicality but would provide you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the WWE brand in a never-before-seen setting.

You will receive:

  • Unprecedented access to the WWE Performance Center amenities
  • Front row seating at an NXT TV Taping
  • Observe an NXT promo class taught by Dusty Rhodes
  • Create your very own promo video
  • See what it takes to become a WWE Superstar by watching a training session with NXT Coaches
  • Attend Autograph sessions, Q&As, and meet & greets with WWE Legends, NXT Coaches, and NXT Superstars.
  • Attend a private live event at the WWE Performance Center
  • Take home WWE Performance Center Merchandise
  • Get schooled on Superstar entrances, Ring announcing, Managing, and other WWE skills.
  • Participate in photo opportunities and an experience the inside of a real-life ring
  • Participate in promo competitions, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and competitive group events
  • Have dinner with WWE Legends

The 3 Night/2 Day WWE Fantasy Camp package would be an exclusive, ticketed event, limited to 40 fans (who would be split among groups of 10 to allow for an intimate experience on a more personal level). All attendees must be aged 18+.

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Jim Ross Q&A: WWE Talent Cuts, Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker?, More http://www.24wrestling.com/jim-ross-qa-wwe-talent-cuts-roman-reigns-vs-undertaker/ http://www.24wrestling.com/jim-ross-qa-wwe-talent-cuts-roman-reigns-vs-undertaker/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:54:56 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49066 The following are highlights from a recent Q&A update by WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross:

On the piledriver being banned: “I see no upside in keeping a potentially crippling hold in use. It almost ended Austin’s career and many of today’s talents don’t work on it so it wouldn’t be safe as it needs to be. So no I would not endorse using it in general.”

On if he’d book Roman Reigns vs. Undertaker: “Likely not. Face vs. Face with those two doesn’t interest me nor would it help either one.”

On WWE acquiring wrestling libraries: “Acquiring various wrestling libraries was a priority because of the concept of having a network some day. The St. Louis library was sold to a Canadian company and WWE never really got deeply in the negotiations for it as it was sold quickly. Many old territories did not maintain their own libraries which is why WWE doesn’t own them today.”

On if WWE’s cutbacks will result in more talent releases: “I don’t know. I do know that the talent roster needs to be evaluated weekly if not daily to see what ‘new’ is ready to be added and what talents need to go. That process never ends or at least it shouldn’t.”

Check out more JR Q&A updates at JRsBarBQ.com. You can also order JR’s Bar-B-Q products online at WWEShop.com.

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WWE Releases Five Wrestlers From NXT http://www.24wrestling.com/wwe-releases-five-wrestlers-nxt/ http://www.24wrestling.com/wwe-releases-five-wrestlers-nxt/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:51:33 +0000 http://www.24wrestling.com/?p=49063 As part of WWE’s ongoing cost cutting measures, the company has released the following people from NXT:

  • Garett Dylan
  • Travis Tyler
  • Slate Randall
  • Mac Miles
  • Dani Jax

As noted earlier, the company also released 60 employees this week.

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