They’re moving on up. Over the last few weeks, “Impact Wrestling” has had another change of direction. This time around they’re going with a much simpler style with more basic, easy to follow stories and a long match to close most shows. That’s certainly different than what they’ve done at different times over the years and the shows have gotten a little bit better. The question though is are people watching. This week’s show didn’t have a major match announced coming in, so how many people tuned in for what wasn’t as big of an episode? Miss the show? Here are some quick highlights. [This post contains video, click to play] According to 411mania.com, this week’s episode of “Impact Wrestling” drew 399,000 viewers and a .1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. These numbers are up 10% and 11% respectively from last week’s 362,000 viewers and .09 rating. The rating is the same as it was two weeks ago but the viewership is the highest since the July 5, 2016 episode, which drew 410,000 vi..
Oh censored yeah. Twenty years ago, Steve Austin hit a Stone Cold Stunner on Shawn Michaels to become the WWF World Champion for the first time. This changed the wrestling world for the next several years and officially launched the Austin Era. However, there were a few issues working against the wrestlers and as a result, the opinions on the match have been mixed over the years. So all those years later, what did Austin think of the match? In a new interview posted to WWE’s YouTube channel, Austin talked about his thoughts on the match and the build towards the match, including the entire angle with Mike Tyson. As it turns out, Austin isn’t all that pleased with the match, mainly due to both wrestlers being a bit banged up. Austin was coming off his neck injury and Michaels had injured his back a few months earlier, not to mention Michaels’ personal issues, which were running rampant at the time. As usual, Austin is worth listening to. [This post contains video, click to play] At ..
And that’s about it for them. The Shield is one of the most dominating factions of all time. All three were World Champions at one point (once all in the same night at “Money in the Bank 2016”) and has one of the strongest fan bases you’re going to see no matter what the trio is doing. They were put back together late last year after several years apart, but a long string of injuries and problems might have already brought the team to its second end. If they’re gone, at least they came back in a great way. [This post contains video, click to play] According to stillrealtous.com, WWE is producing a new DVD on the group, with the title “The Rise and Fall of the Shield”. This new set looks at their careers since the team’s original split and the title would suggest that the group’s latest run is over. The trio wasn’t able to team together often in their second run due to Roman Reigns being out of the ring due to illness and then Dean Ambrose injuring his arm and putting him on the shel..
The third time’s a charm. WWE posted a new video to their YouTube channel today, which shows the full match between “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock from WrestleMania 19. It was the third match between the two on the “grandest stage of them all.” You can see the match in its entirety below: [This post contains video, click to play] As mentioned, this was the third meeting between the two WWE legends at WrestleMania. Austin had been victorious at WrestleMania 14 and 17; however, The Rock was able to pick up the victory in this final contest between the two. Editor’s Opinion: Oh man, do I remember this one. The Rock was playing an arrogant, Hollywood heel, who was constantly badmouthing the fans and singing songs about how much he hated being in the various towns that he was in. It was during this time that he even had a brief encounter with “The Hurricane” that was absolutely hilarious! These two are always magical whenever they are together, and this match was no exception...
Last week, Daniel Bryan announced that he was cleared to return to in-ring competition. A lot of fans (myself included) were very pleased with the development and proceeded to talk about every possible aspect of the return. Everywhere you looked there was something else being said about Bryan: when would he wrestle, who would he feud against, should he be champion, will the beard grow back? While I won’t ask why Bryan is getting all this attention (because that would be a very stupid question), I will point out that there are several other big names who are about to be back off the injured list. Some of these names are former World Champions and those are the kind of names that could really shake things up (say in a potential Superstar Shakeup, which is all but confirmed at this point). Today we’re going to look at the upcoming returns of five names who have been on the injured list for various lengths of time. It’s not clear how many of them will be back in short order but it’s prett..
You had to know this was coming. Last week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” saw a big story with the return of Daniel Bryan, who announced that he was cleared for in-ring competition. The story was announced before the show went on the air and people came to see it. So how many of them stuck around for next week? Miss this week’s show? Here are some quick highlights. [This post contains video, click to play] According to 411mania.com, this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” drew a .78 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.576 million viewers. These numbers are down 21% and 11% from last week’s .99 demographic rating and 2.88 million viewers. It should be noted that last night saw the return of “Roseanne”, which drew the highest rating for a sitcom in nearly four years. You can read last night’s full results here. Opinion: You had to expect this. With Bryan just talking about wrestling for the second week in a row, there’s only so much you can do. The fans tuned in for the big feel..
Priorities aren’t exactly WWE’s strong suit. With one episode of “Monday Night Raw” and “Smackdown Live” left before “Wrestlemania XXXIV”, we have thirteen matches set for the show. However, despite the card being stacked, there’s one more match that hasn’t been announced yet and it’s kind of a big deal. Now why is that the case? Maybe if they did something: [This post contains video, click to play] According to the “Wrestling Observer Newsletter” by way of ringsidenews.com, the Undertaker vs. John Cena match hasn’t officially been announced because there’s so much else going on. Between the Ronda Rousey in-ring debut, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Daniel Bryan returning to the ring, Vince McMahon doesn’t feel that the match needs to be announced yet. Here are Dave Meltzer’s comments from the Newsletter: “They had Danielson have his checkup by Dr. Maroon eight days earlier because Vince was so adamant that he didn’t want to wait until what would have been this week to shoo..
A new face in the crowd. Earlier this year, Asuka won the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble to earn herself a Women’s Title shot at “Wrestlemania XXXIV”. That means it’s time to build her up with even more wins. WWE has done that for a few weeks now, but the victory this week on “Monday Night Raw” was very unique. Remember this one? [This post contains video, click to play] According to Wrestlinginc.com, Asuka’s opponent this week, Jamie Frost, had never actually wrestled a professional match until last night. She had been trained in the Pittsburgh area and was actually wrestling in her first match when she lost to Asuka. The match consisted of Frost hitting a few forearms and then getting kicked in the head for the pin in 32 seconds. Here are the full results from this week’s “Raw”. Opinion: Well….ok then. I mean, it wasn’t exactly much of a match with such a short amount of time and it’s not like anything happened. That being said, it’s really not the best idea to throw someone ..
It’s a good thing he’s taking time off when he is. WWE.com has posted an update on Shane McMahon’s condition, after he was attacked by Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens two weeks ago on “Smackdown Live.” The assault came after he announced that he was taking a leave of absence as commissioner of the blue brand. You can see a clip of the incident below: [This post contains video, click to play] From the report: Shane McMahon is currently recovering from acute diverticulitis and an umbilical hernia in a New York-area medical facility, WWE.com has learned. Two weeks ago on SmackDown LIVE, McMahon announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his position as the blue brand’s Commissioner. Following that announcement, McMahon was brutally attacked by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. WWE medical staff initially diagnosed him with a laryngeal contusion and trapezius and rhomboid strains as a result of the beating. Following the vicious assault, McMahon went to the Caribbean with ..
It had been previously reported that WWE legend Vader recently underwent open heart surgery in Dallas, TX. He has always been known as a monster in the ring, making a huge statement during his debut on “Raw” in 1996, when he attacked then WWE president, Gorilla Monsoon. You can see that clip below: [This post contains video, click to play] His son tweeted the following message from his dad’s Twitter account, indicating that the surgery was a success, but the recovery will be a long one: This is his son Jesse. I wanted to let everybody know that I just spoke to the Surgeon. The surgery was a success but it was worse than we had expected. Long road for recovery. Will keep you posted. Thank you for the prayers. — Big Van Vader (@itsvadertime) March 26, 2018 Vader was last seen on WWE programming in 2012, when he defeated Heath Slater in a singles match on “Raw.” During the 1000th episode of the show, Vader and a number of other legends dismantled Slater. In 2016, he inducted Stan ..