Vince McMahon Offers John Cena Some Birthday Praise

Now batting for WWE. Over the last fifteen years, there haven’t been many stars in wrestling that can compare to John Cena. It’s quite remarkable to have gone from a comedy guy to one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling and people now recognize his accomplishments. One person who has taken notice is Vince McMahon, who offered some high praise for Cena on a major milestone in his life.

Cena turned forty years old on Sunday and his boss tweeted out a message of congratulations and respect. The message compares Cena to baseball legend Babe Ruth, who is widely considered one of the best of all time, if not the greatest ever period. Happy Birthday Cena.

“Hustle Loyalty Respect” is not just an expression, it’s the measure of the man. Happy birthday to the Babe Ruth of WWE, @JohnCena.

— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 23, 2017

Opinion: While Ruth, a legend who is a borderline mythical figure, might not be the most appropriate comparison for someone who is still an active wrestler, it’s clear that McMahon and WWE in general thinks very highly of Cena. It’s not like he hasn’t earned it either as he’s one of the biggest names in WWE history and has fought his way to his spot on that list.

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Stone Cold Steve Austin Discusses Seth Rollins

Rollins! Rollins! Rollins! Earlier this month at “Wrestlemania XXXIII”, Seth Rollins scored one of the biggest wins of his career when he defeated Triple H in a grudge match six months in the making. The win made Rollins out to be a major deal, despite him already being a two time WWE World Champion. A certain legend has weighed in on Rollins’ status now that he’s won such a major match.

On the “Steve Austin Show”, Steve Austin recapped “Wrestlemania XXXIII” and focused on Rollins for a bit. Austin says that while Rollins is over, he’s not all the way there yet. The major issue seems to be that Rollins doesn’t have a clearly defined character, which can be fixed down the road. Here are some highlights:

“Rollins is somewhat over, not all-the-way over, not by a long shot. Now, I don’t mean that in a bad way. That’s just being honest. “He relied on his sequences and his athleticism to carry him. To take him to the next level, he’ll have to get more character development.”

“When you say ‘Seth Rollins’ or if you want to say ‘Seth Freakin’ Rollins’, I still don’t have a sense of what or who this guy is. And so, that rests on Seth Rollins’ shoulders, as an individual, as a performer, to define or create that as well as the WWE because I still don’t get a sense of what kind of personality he is.”

You can listen to the whole show here, which includes a breakdown of most of the show.

Opinion: While Austin certainly isn’t wrong, I’m not sure how much Rollins himself can do to fix this problem. With the high level of scripting that the wrestlers have, there’s only so much that Rollins can really do. The win in Orlando certainly helped him but he does have a long way to go to become a fully rounded character.

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Ken Anderson Making Ring of Honor Debut

Could you repeat that for me? Ring of Honor is in a weird place at the moment as they’re trying to replace several departed wrestlers. With places like Evolve, the re-energized Impact Wrestling and of course WWE always looking for new talent, Ring of Honor needs its own influx of names. They’ve now added one more name to their roster.

According to an official press release, Mr. Anderson (also known as Ken Anderson) will be making his Ring of Honor debut on April 28 in Hopkins, Minnesota at the “Masters of the Craft” event. Anderson will be challenging Marty Scurll for the Ring of Honor TV Title, which Scurll has held since November 2016.

As the list of defeated challengers grows and grows, the louder “The Villain” Marty Scurll gets. The self-described “Reign of Wickedness” began in London in just his third match during his first weekend in ROH. Since then Scurll has defeated Will Ospreay, Dragon Lee, Jonathan Gresham, Juice Robinson, Donovan Dijak, Sonjay Dutt, Kenny King, and former three-time ROH World Champion Adam Cole in front of the largest crowd in ROH history at Supercard of Honor XI!

But as the, admittedly, fighting champion continues to get louder and louder about his successes, world-class challengers from around the world line up to take their best shot at “The Villain”. And a former world champion has his eyes set on Scurll at Masters of the Craft!

Ken Anderson makes his ROH debut in Hopkins, MN and has a chance to capture championship gold on his very first night! Scurll, and champions before him like Jay Lethal, Tomohiro Ishii, and Bobby Fish before him have elevated the ROH World Television Championship to the level of the ROH World Championship and Anderson looks for an opportunity to add his name to this storied lineage.

Opinion: I’m not a big Anderson fan but Ring of Honor needs all the names they can get at the moment. This is the kind of a quick draw that can boost a local house show and give the promotion some buzz and there’s nothing wrong with that. Anderson should be another good notch on Scurll’s rapidly growing belt, which will be the company some good in the future.

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“Impact Wrestling” Taping Results From April 23, 2017 *SPOILERS*

The anniversary countdown continues. We’re just over two months away from “Slammiversary 2017” and that means “Impact Wrestling” will be doing a lot of TV tapings. They’ve recently wrapped up another cycle of tapings, which will take them up through the middle of May.

Here are the spoilers, courtesy of

JB announces Josh will not be here tonight. Bruce Pritchard is in the ring & says he’s hired Tyrus for security after EC3’s actions & there will be a review of his actions. Lashley is introduced & he doesn’t care who wins the triple threat tonight. EC3, Magnus, & Storm come out & Bruce announced their three way match will be a no DQ, but if anyone of them touch before that, the match is off.

1. KMe/Sienna & Kongo Kongo w/Laurel Van Ness vs Mahabali Shera & Braxton Sutrer w/Allie. Shera gets distracted by Kongo outside & is rolled by KM for the clean win. Sienna & Laurel get Allie in the ring & are beating her up when Rosemary comes down to spray green mist at Sienna & gives Laurel a Black Wedding. She points at Allie & just leaves. Earlier on the ONO taping, Allie helped Rosemary, so this may be her way of paying Allie back?

2. A semifinal for the GFW tag team titles: FALLAH Bahh & Baraka vs VOW/Veterans Of War-Mayweather & Wilcox. Mayweather pins Baraka & they’re off to the finals.

Josh Matthews comes down to ring & calls JB to join him in the ring. He says has made a lot of mistakes since he’s been here. He apologized to Mike Tenay for taking his job, he’s unblocked the legendary Dave Penzer from Twitter, & even made up with Shark Boy. He says as the vice-president he wants to apologize to JB & offers a handshake. Joseph Park comes & advises him not to do it. Josh gets upset & says he will not apologize. JB wants to know who Josh’s partner is. Matthews say his partner will be revealed at the right time. Park says they don’t have to wait until Slammiversary & Josh says to bring a referee down & he will fight Joseph now. As the match is about to begin, Big Poppa Pump, Scott Steiner’s music hits! He chases Park outside, brings him back to the ring & lays him out. Matthews announces Steiner will be his partner at Slammiversary.

3. Mixed tag grudge match: Davey Richards & Angelina Love vs Eddie Edwards & Alicia. Josh is calling the matches with Pope after JB was chased to the back & Josh left. Alicia rolls up Angelina to win but she’s attacked after the match as Angelina puts her through a table while Davey holds Edwards back & tells him this is all his fault.

4. Three way NO DQ match to determine the #1 contender for the Impact Heavyweight Title: Magnus vs EC3, vs James Storm. Magnus & Carter work together against Storm for a lot of the match before Carter hits Magnus by accident with a Singapore cane & Magnus returns the favour. Everything was used: canes, chairs, trash can lids…The end comes when Storm hits The Last Call on Magnus; as he’s about to turn around to make the cover, EC3 gets a jumping knee to the back of Storm to knock him outside & steals the win. So it’ll be EC3 & Lashley at Slammiversary for the Impact Heavyweight Title. Good effort from everyone.

Xplosion match: Marshae Rockett vs Mahabali Shera. Apparently, this is also a no DQ-rare for an Xpolsion match-as Rockett hits Shera multiple times with a chair. KM comes out to give Shera his front first pump handle slam allowing Marshae to get the upset win.

Impact Tapings:

5. Grand Championship title match. Bruce Prichard (Tyrus is still with him), Scott Damore, & Dutch Mantel are the judges & they’re all at a table near the ramp for a different setup. It’s Eli Drake W/Chris Adonis vs the champ, Moose. Midway through the 1st round Drake clips Moose’s knee & works on it til the end of the round. Eli is awarded round 1. Drake continues to work on the knee for most of round 2; Moose comes back & is awarded round 2. I don’t agree with that. Moose hits a Sky High from the second turnbuckle early in round 3 for a very close near fall. Lots of back & forth action with Adonis grabbing Moose’s leg outside when referee Stifler had his back turned. It’s going to the judges & they declare Moose the winner of round 3 & he retains. Eli & Chris throw a fit at the judges. The crowd chants, “Happy Birthday,” to Moose after the match.

6. KO match: Amber Devine vs Allie w/Braxton. Allie wins a short match. There’s been a lot of short women’s matches at these tapings; I hope this isn’t a trend.

The Orange Blossom Quartet is introduced-i don’t know who they are or why they’re here. EC3’s music plays & he declared tonight a night of celebration. The Quartet plays a not good version of his theme. EC3 says he’s on the precipice of reclaiming his world title because: he cues the Quartet & they play a lame “Because he’s the #1 contender” in “The he’s a jolly good fellow” tune. Yikes. The band plays another horrible song before Alberto El Patron music plays. Karen & Bruce come out & makes Alberto vs EC3 for the GFW title in 6 sides of steel & the winner will face Lashley at Slammiversary for the Impact Heavyweight Championship.

7. GFW tag team championship tournament finals: The Impact Tag Team Champions, Santana & Ortiz, LAX-with Diamente, Konan, & Homicide vs VOW-Veterans of War: May-weather & Wilcox. While Mayweather is outside Konan hits him a pipe to the back of his leg. As Dave Hebner is trying to keep the rest of LAX away from Mayweather, Ortiz grabs one of the GFW belts hits Wilcox in the back & Santana & Ortiz perform their top rope blockbuster into a power bomb finisher to become the new GFW tag team champions.

8. Sonjay Dutt vs Andrew Everett, vs Low Ki for the X division title. Late in the match, Everett goes for a Shooting Star Press on Low Ki, he gets his knees up, drop kicks him in the corner & gets the Warrior’s Way to retain. Another solid, long X division match.

Before the main event Swoggle is shown & Spud attacks him from the crowd & beats with a hammer he gets from under the ring. I don’t get this at all.

9. Main Event: 6 sides of steel cage match for the GFW heavyweight title: Alberto El Patron vs EC3. The win can come by pinfall, submission, or escaping the cage. El Patron goes for the cross-arm breaker twice but EC3 escapes. Ethan counters a cutter, a TKO, a sit out powerbommb & it’s still not enough. Both men are at the top of the cage & EC3 gets caught upside down in a tree of woe; El Patron does a double stomp from the top of the cage, drags Ethan to the middle of the ring, hits a top rope splash to retain! A bit of a surprise finish to me. So it’s El Patron vs Lashley in the main event of Slammiversary. Excellent match! Alberto celebrates in the crowd afterwards.

Opinion: I’m sure I’m not alone when I’m getting tired of the Borash vs. Matthews feud. That’s the top story in the promotion right now and I have no idea why I’m supposed to care. Bringing in Steiner and Park as the partners is a bit of an interesting idea though it doesn’t help the notion that the company focuses on the past.

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Adam Rose Says Vince McMahon was Considered for the Bunny

Eh, what’s up boss? For those of your who have buried this one deep into your psyches, Adam Rose used to hang out with a humanoid Bunny who eventually teamed with him. While the identity of the Bunny was never revealed, various wrestlers portrayed him over the run of the character. According to Rose, one person considered to portray him was a certain billionaire.

In a new interview, Rose says that the discussion came up of who should play the character. Rose wanted Justin Gabriel to play the Bunny as he and Gabriel had been friends for years. The creative staff said no and someone suggested that Vince McMahon himself put on the costume. This time Rose disagreed because he didn’t think there was a logical payoff.

Here’s the full interview with Rose talking about Braun Strowman as a Rosebud and his upcoming retirement.

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Opinion: I think Rose might be over thinking this one. The payoff is that McMahon, the man in charge of everything around you, thinks enough of you to be involved in these shenanigans. It’s certainly better than having Gabriel or almost anyone for that matter playing the character so just go with the idea.

Who did you think should have played the Bunny? Would you have liked McMahon to be the reveal? Let us know in the comments below.

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Lana Reveals New Gimmick at NXT House Show?

Well that’s different. Since her debut on the main roster back in 2014, Lana has become one of the most popular performers in WWE with fans often chanting of her over Rusev. While she’s only wrestled a single match on the main roster, it seems that WWE is getting ready to push her as a singles act. We might have gotten a preview of her new character at an NXT house show.

Lana appeared at a Crystal River, Florida house show on Friday with her new dancing gimmick. Before the match, Lana danced on a chair in the ring for the better part of a minute. This ties into Lana’s real life background as she danced professionally for years. Lana went on to defeat Liv Morgan.

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Opinion: It’s better than nothing. Lana is someone that the fans have wanted to see and while a dancer isn’t the most interesting thing in the world, it’s better than just being the ice queen that she’s been for years now. If she has even the slightest bit of in-ring abilities, her natural charisma will carry her very far.

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John Cena Turns 40, Vince McMahon Tweets John Cena Is The ‘Babe Ruth Of WWE’

– WWE posted a John Cena: “Like you’ve never seen him before” gallery, showing pictures from his younger days and throughout his WWE career. Today is also Cena’s birthday as he turns 40. WWE sent out a “Happy Birthday” to him on Instagram:

On Twitter, Vince McMahon sent out a tweet wishing the WWE Superstar “Happy Birthday”:

“Hustle Loyalty Respect” is not just an expression, it’s the measure of the man. Happy birthday to the Babe Ruth of WWE, @JohnCena.

— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) April 23, 2017

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Tarjiri Says He’s No Longer With WWE

Back in January it was announced Tajiri would be out of action with a knee injury when he teamed up with Shinsuke Nakamura against Bobby Roode and Samoa Joe at an NXT taping. Tajiri took to Twitter earlier today to give an update an his situation. Please note, this is roughly translated from Japanese.

Tajiri said he did have a knee injury, which wasn’t too big of an issue, but at his age (46) the company considered it risky to put him back in the ring. While he was waiting for clearance from the doctor, he did some coaching in NXT. After being in the WWE for about four months, he’s returning to Japan with no regrets. He thanked Triple H, William Regal, and the WWE for giving him another chance in the company.

Tajiri was initially brought back to the WWE for their 32-man Cruiserweight Classic tournament that took place last June. He was eliminated from the tournament by Gran Metalik in the Round of 16.

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Main Event Results – April 20, 2017: The Main Event Brand

Main Event
Date: April 20, 2017
Location: Schottenstein Center, Columbus, Ohio
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves

We’re back to the recap show with wrestling attached and odds are that means more Titus O’Neil. Now that one of the main players on this show is now #1 contender to the Smackdown World Title, maybe now O’Neil is ready to take his place. You can almost guess what’s going to be on this show so let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Curtis Axel vs. Titus O’Neil

Axel gets thrown into the corner but comes right back out and unloads with right hands and forearms. That earns him a big chop to the chest for two and Titus grabs a chinlock. Curtis makes his comeback including a dropkick and the Hennig necksnap for two, only to get caught in a quick Clash of the Titus for the pin at 4:23.

Result: Titus O’Neil b. Curtis Axel – Clash of the Titus (4:23)

From Raw.

Here are Miz and Maryse for MizTV. Miz starts talking about the Superstar Shakeup but gets cut off by Dean Ambrose, the scheduled guest, before he can get very far. Ambrose sucks up to the Ohio crowd before ripping on Miz’s gear. Miz doesn’t want to hear it because he’s done everything he can to make the people in that locker room look like superstars while Ambrose makes them look like regular wrestlers.

It doesn’t matter though because people love Ambrose, who was #1 pick in the Draft and was WWE Champion at Summerslam. Then Dean wasted all that momentum when he was on the Kickoff Show six months later. Ambrose doesn’t care what he looks like because he loves coming out here in front of twenty people or a hundred thousand.

That’s why he’s the Intercontinental Champion, which he beat Miz for in the first place. Maryse says the title doesn’t make the man so Dean asks her to hold the mic. As Miz goes on another rant, Dean empties his pockets and takes his jacket off before hammering Miz down. Dirty Deeds doesn’t work though and Miz and Maryse run.

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Again with the Raw.

Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Mickie James

Winner gets Bayley at Payback. Nia cleans house to start but Bliss bails to the floor, allowing Mickie and Sasha to dropkick Nia outside. Sasha gets the better of it and sends Mickie outside for a dive onto all three as we take a break. Back with Alexa in control until she charges into a slam from Nia.

Jax slams all three on top of each other before swinging Mickie around in a cobra clutch. It’s off to a bearhug on Banks with Nia easily suplexing her way out of Sasha’s guillotine counter. Mickie armbars her way out of a choke but Nia throws her at Sasha in the corner. Alexa goes up top to try a dropkick but thinks twice when Nia stares her down. A missed charge sends Nia into the post, allowing everyone else to hammer on each other.

The double knees in the corner get two on Bliss with Nia making the save. Mickie gets pulled outside as well and it’s down to Sasha vs. Alexa. James has to break up a Bank Statement but here’s Nia to knock Mickie off the top. The Samoan drop plants Banks but Bliss runs in for the 13:44.

Result: Alexa Bliss b. Nia Jax, Mickie James and Sasha Banks – Samoan Drop to Banks (13:44)

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Gran Metalik/Lince Dorado vs. Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari

Dorado climbs over Ariya to start and grabs a sunset flip for two before it’s off to both partners. Metalik does his rope walking into a top rope elbow for two of his own, only to get taken down and sent into the barricade. Back from a break with Metalik in trouble off a neck crank.

Metalik fights up and grabs a tornado DDT to set up the hot tag. Daivari cuts Dorado off with a spinebuster but eats a handspring Stunner. The masked ones get creative with stereo moonsaults to the floor, dropping Nese and Daivari in a big crash. Back in and Dorado is shoved off the top, setting up the hammerlock clothesline to give Daivari the pin at 10:11.

Result: Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari b. Gran Metalik/Lince Dorado – Hammerlock clothesline to Dorado (10:11)

We look back at Braun Strowman’s destruction of Roman Reigns, including the ambulance spot.

We wrap it up with the end of Strowman vs. Big Show with the ring imploding.

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Former World Champion Makes Surprising Return at “Impact Wrestling” Tapings

That’s quite the surprise. Since “Impact Wrestling’s” recent relaunch, the top story has arguably been Josh Matthews vs. Jeremy Borash in a battle of the announcers. This has led to a tag match at “Slammiversary 2017” with both announcers picking a partner. It now seems that we know who the partners will be and one of them is a big name making his return.

Earlier this week at the TV tapings, Joseph Park (formerly known as Abyss) came out to help Borash, seemingly making him Borash’s partner at the pay per view. At Sunday’s tapings, Scott Steiner made his return to the company and attacked Park, making himself Matthews’ partner. This is a surprise as Steiner has a bad history with the company’s previous owners, including lawsuits that were still in court as of last February.

And This is Josh Mathews Slammiversary Partner. #ImpactLive

— Sir Owen Disney (@SirOwenDisney) April 23, 2017

The news is out… This Just In…. @ScottSteiner is in The #ImpactZone RIGHT NOW… More to come!


Opinion: Uh….wow. I’m really not sure what to think of this but the pictures do show one thing: Steiner is MUCH smaller than he was back in his in-ring career. I actually got to meet him earlier this month at WrestleCon and thought he looked much smaller. I’m not sure how well this is going to work in a match but it’s certainly going to be interesting.

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